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AT Hike: Byron Reece trail to Cowrock Mountain (and back)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Byron Reece Memorial parking lot   Hike: AT Hike: Byron Reece trail to Cowrock Mountain (and back)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Jul 3 2017  6:45 am >> Mon, Jul 3 2017 3:45 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jun 28 2017 2:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jul 2 2017 5:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:13 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: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


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The total distance for this hike is about 13 miles with about 3100 feet of total elevation gain. You need to have recent D5 experience and be able to hike at a moderate pace to keep up with the group. The Event End Time stated on this page is an estimate, so flexibility is required.

We will leave the carpool location at 6:45 AM, so please arrive earlier. From there, we will head to Dahlonega, where we will take a quick break, and then drive directly to the Byron Reece Memorial parking area (see directions), which is where the trailhead is located.

The plan is to hike as one group and stay within close range. Our speed will be moderate and will vary depending on the terrain.

We will start hiking around 8:15-8:30 AM, taking the Byron Reece access trail south until it intersects with the Applachian Trail at Flatrock Gap. From there, we will take the AT east towards Neels Gap. After crossing the road at Neels Gap and taking a short five-minute break, we will continue east on the AT until we get to Cowrock Mountain, where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will head back, retracing our steps. On our way back, we will stop for a little bit at Neels Gap before continuing west on the AT, and taking the Byron Reece trail back to our cars.

Required Items to Bring:

Snacks and lunch
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:

We will meet at the trailhead in the Byron Reece Memorial parking area. This parking lot is located on US-19, about 0.5 miles north of Neels Gap, on the left side of the road.

Coordinates: 34.7418, -83.9226

Link to directions starting from Mansell Park & Ride:



Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):130Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:45 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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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

To get credit for the hike, you must complete the entire hike.