Horsetrough Mountain (4040’) - Sun, May 8 2016

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Horsetrough Mountain (4040’)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, near Blairsville, GA   Hike: Horsetrough Mountain (4040’)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, May 8 2016  8:00 am >> Sun, May 8 2016 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, May 1 2016 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 7 2016 5:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Standing 4040' above sea level with 1008' of clean prominence, Horsetrough Mountain is just off the AT about 4 miles south of Jacks Gap.
We will start at Jacks Gap on Hwy 180 and hike south on the Jacks Knob Trail.  Along the way, we will make a short loop to find the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River and then pick up the AT heading toward Cold Springs Gap. From there we will head off trail in a southwesterly direction to summit Horsetrough. On our descent, we will hike due east down the mountain to the AT. From there, we will hike back to Jacks Gap.  
The hike involves leaving the AT and bushwhacking for about a mile up to the summit of Horsetrough.  The terrain is easy with sparse ground vegetation, with the exception of about a quarter of a mile of blackberry briars on a portion of the ascent. We will try to avoid the briars as much as possible but goggles, gators, and gardening gloves are the recommended fashion accessories for this portion of the hike, as well as kevlar pants and snag resistant long sleeves. 

Weather permitting, we will see Brasstown Bald during our ascent, but the view at the top of Horsetrough is less than spectacular, as the summit is surrounded by trees.  We will spend some time at the summit for a break.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Emergency rain gear (even if chance of rain is minimal)
  • Water or Sports drink, at least 2 liters
  • Enough food to keep your energy level up on a 6 or 7 hour hike
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Clothing appropriate for the weather
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Heavy gloves to push through the briars



How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions to trailhead will be given at carpool (or via email if "meeting at event").

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


Because this a D5 event, if you have not recently completed some tough AOC hikes, we may be contacting you to determine your level of fitness and experience to make sure this is the right hike for you.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.