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Fall Foliage on Pickens Nose and Albert Mtn from the Upper Nantahala River

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Standing Indian   Hike: Fall Foliage on Pickens Nose and Albert Mtn from the Upper Nantahala River  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 11 2017  6:15 am >> Sat, Nov 11 2017 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Nov 2 2017 8:08 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 10 2017 12:02 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Laura V
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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: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


We will begin the hike near the upper Nantahala River. The scenic trail generally follows a rushing creek, has a number of small creek crossings, and ascends ~1,000 ft over it's 2.5 mile length. After we reach the AT, we will hike on it for about 1/2 mi, ascending a very steep section, until reaching the summit of Albert Mtn, which stands at 5,250 ft. We will have lunch here and enjoy the spectacular 360 deg views from the fire tower located on it's summit.

After departing Albert Mtn, we will hike south on the AT a couple miles unitl reaching Mooney Gap. From Mooney Gap, we will hike a forest service rd for less than a mile until reaching the Pickens Nose trail-head. We will then hike the .75 mi Pickens Nose trail, and explore numerous short side trails with fantastic views to the east, west, and south. After spending some time exploring and enjoying the views from Pickens Nose, we will return to the cars the way we came.

This hike will be 11-12 miles and has over 3,000 feet of ascent. If you do not have recent D4 or higher hiking experience with the club, your trip leader will be contacting you to determine if this hike is appropriate for you.




Required Items to Bring:
  • Hiking Boots/Shoes
  • Food - lunch & snacks
  • Water/sports drink - at least 2.5 liters
  • Rain gear - even if the chances of rain are slim
  • Change of clothes/shoes for the ride home
  • Sense of adventure
  • Cash for the carpool driver


Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):230Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $92.00 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.