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Blood Mountain Loop Day Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Blood Mountain   Hike: Blood Mountain Loop Day Hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 5 2016  8:30 am >> Sat, Nov 5 2016 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Oct 9 2016 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 4 2016 8:00 am
Event Duration:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:8 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:4
Number Registered So Far: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.



Please join us  as we discover the beauty of Blood Mountain. This is a classic loop hike to the highest point (4,458 feet) on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.

We will meet in the parking lot of Lake Winfield Scott, and start the hike promptly at 10:30 am. There is a $5 parking fee. Restrooms are available at the Park. We should be back at the Mansell Park n Ride at 5 pm.

Leaving from the Lake Winfield Scott parking lot, we will hike up the West face of Blood Mountain along the Slaughter Creek trail.

We will hike at a moderate pace and will go about 1500 feet in elevation so anticipate some strenuous hills. You must be in reasonably good shape to cover the elevation and distance.  

After 3.5 miles, we will reach the top of Blood Mountain. We will spend about 45 minutes at the summit enjoying lunch and the views. 

We will head back to Lake Winfield Scott completing our loop on the beautiful Jarrard Gap trail, which is lined with rhododendrons and mountain laurel. 



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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on GA 400. Take a left onto SR 60/19 toward Dahlonega. At the fork of SR 60 and SR 19, go straight on SR 60 to Suches. Take a right on SR 180.  The entrance to the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is on the right, approximately 7-8 miles on after you turn onto SR 180.  As you drive toward the lake, past the campground, the parking lot is located on the left, just before you get to the bridge. The trailhead is located across the bridge and to your right.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):130Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $52.00 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.


Parking is $5 per day.

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