Dayhike the GA AT - Section 1: Springer Mtn to Hightower Gap
Chattahoochee National Forest
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Feb 15 2009
10:30 am >> N/A (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am *log in for location*)
Thu, Jan 22 2009 8:00 pm
|Registration Cut Off:
Sat, Feb 14 2009 8:00 pm
|Event Duration:||per itinerary|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Richard A. Zalik|
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Members Only, 21 And Older Only
|Maximum Group Size:||20|
|Minimum Group Size:||5|
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|This is first in a series of dayhikes that will cover the entire
Georgia portion of the Appalachian trail...from Springer Mtn to
Bly Gap, just past the NC state line.|
For details on the other hikes in the series, visit the AOC
Dayhike the GA AT thread
...or just watch the AOC calendar. We hope to get through them
all by mid-April. And there is an AOC GA AT backpacking series
being offered as well...so between all these events, there should
be plenty of opportunites to cover the entire trail.
Section 1: Springer Mtn to
Starting it off, we have one of the less strenuous sections
(relatively speaking), but it should still have some challenging
climbs and scenic views..
After dropping off some cars at Hightower Gap for the shuttle,
we will proceed further down FS42 to parking for the trailhead
(elev ~3350'). We will begin by "backtracking" .9 mi, up to the
top of Springer Mountain (3782')...we will enjoy the views from
the summit, take photos, etc and then begin hiking north on the
AT from its southern terminus.
We hike mostly downhill for the first 4 miles...from Springer to
Three Forks (~2600'). About a mile further is a short side trail to
Long Creek Falls, so we'll definitely check that out.
From near Three Forks, we climb about 800 feet over the next 3
miles as the AT skirts Hawk Mtn. During this stretch the Benton
MacKaye trail (had to mention him) branches off to the north
while the AT heads due east. The next mile or so is mostly
downhill to Hightower Gap (2854'), where we will end this first
We will ride back to the Springer trailhead in the cars we
dropped off on the way in. If the weather cooperates, we will
hike the .9 mi/400 ft back up Springer to watch the sunset from
the summit. After enjoying the fading light, will head back down
to the cars, and towards home.
- FS42 parking to top of Springer Mountain: .9 miles
- Springer Mtn to Hightower Gap: 8.1 miles
- side trail to check out Springer Mtn shelter (r/t): .2 mi
- side trail to Long Creek Falls (r/t): .1 mi
- side trail to Hawk Mtn shelter (r/t): .4 mi
- extra Springer hike for sunset (r/t): 1.8 miles
Total distance: ~11.5 miles.
Total ascent: 2500+ feet.
Click on elevation profile for larger version:
part of the drive to the trailhead will be on FS42, a fairly
well graded gravel road.
If rain is forecast, the hike will be rescheduled (hopefully
within a few weeks).
Because this a mountainous D5 hike in the winter, this
event is for advanced hikers only. We are going to keep a fairly
quick pace...at least 2.5mph avg. So if you have not have
recently completed some AOC D5 (or tough D4) hikes, I will be
contacting you to determine your level of experience and if this
is the right hike for you.
|Required Items to Bring:|
emergency rain gear (even if chance of rain is minimal)
winter clothing (hat, gloves, etc)
at least one liter of water
hiking boots or trail shoes
headlamp/flashlight (for hiking down from springer after
|Recommended Items to Bring:|
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
|How to Get There:|
|Event Directions:||From Woody Gap on GA60, drive NW 1.5 miles. Turn left onto
Cooper Gap Road, proceed 12.5 miles to Hightower Gap. (Cooper
Gap becomes FS42 a couple miles in, so it is bascially a straight
shot from GA60)|
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||156Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||
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Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $62.40 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.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.