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Arkaquah Trail: Track Rock Gap to Brasstown Bald and back

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Trackrock Gap   Hike: Arkaquah Trail: Track Rock Gap to Brasstown Bald and back  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Mar 24 2017  7:00 am >> Fri, Mar 24 2017 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Mar 19 2017 12:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 23 2017 11:30 pm
Event Duration:10 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:10
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: No


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Recent D5 hiking experience is required. If your recent D5 hikes were not with AOC, please include a description of your recent D5 experience in the Notes section when signing up.

We will leave the carpool location no later than 7:00 AM, so please arrive earlier. We will head to Dahlonega, where we will take a quick break, and then drive directly to Track Rock Gap (see directions), which is where the trailhead is located.

The total distance for this hike is about 12 miles with close to 4,000 feet of total elevation gain. About a third of the hike's total elevation gain will be in the first 1.5 miles.

Our speed will be consistently moderate, subject to the terrain. This is not going to be a slow hike.

We will start hiking between 8:45 AM and 9:00 AM, taking the Arkaquah Trail east, and passing over Buzzard Roost Ridge. We will continue going east until we get to the Brasstown Bald parking lot, where we'll take the trail to Brasstown Bald. This is where we will have lunch and enjoy a 360° view from the highest point in Georgia. After lunch, we will head back, retracing our steps.

After returning to Track Rock Gap, those interested can take a brief walk to view the Petroglyph site, before driving back to the carpool location.

Required Items to Bring:

Snacks for the trail

Whatever you need if you are alergic to bee/wasp stings, etc.
Extra clothes/shoes to change for the ride home
Cash for your driver if you are carpooling


Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

The trailhead is next to the Track Rock Gap Petroglyph site.

Coordinates: 34.8820, -83.8779

Link to directions starting from Mansell Park & Ride:

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):152Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.80 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.

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