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Backpack Training Hike - Dockery Lake to Woody Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dockery Lake
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 17 2017  6:30 am >> Sat, Jun 17 2017 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Jun 11 2017 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jun 15 2017 11:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mark P
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This trip is for hikers with recent experience of hiking 10 or more miles in the mountains. We will go at a steady moderate pace as the TL's will be carrying heavy packs, with limited breaks.

This is an in and out hike with a total distance of about 11-12 miles and vertical rise of approximately 2,000 feet. Overall, the hike offers views of Dockery Lake, scenic creeks, dark hemlock forests, and vistas from Preaching Rock. It is among the closest to Atlanta of any hike in the Blue Ridge.

This hike starts at Dockery Lake Trail for 3.6 miles to the Appalachian Trail (AT),  then we will continue on the AT to Woody Gap,  On our return, we will take the blue-blazed side trail to a scenic overlook called Preaching Rock and stop for lunch. Here, at 3,600 feet, we will have a south-easterly view of the mountains, valleys, and Piedmont. 


There is limited water along the trails, so if you are bringing your pup please take this into consideration as well as the long hiking distance and hot weather.

Required Items to Bring:

2 liters or more of water
Trail food/lunch
Hiking boots or shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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You may wish to bring
Hiking Poles- for balance
Change of shoes and shirt for drive back

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Dahlonega, take GA 60 north for 12 miles.  Turn right at the sign for Dockery Lake, on Forest rd 654 for aprox. 1 mile.  Pass through the campground, then stay right to reach the day use parking area.  The Dockery Lake Trail starts on the right side of the parking area.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):124Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $49.60 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.


The Trip Leader (s) reserves the right to consider participant's past history and to make the final determination for participation on this hike.

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