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Dockery Lake to Preaching Rock near Woody gap on AT

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Blue Ridge Mountains   Hike: Dockery Lake to Preaching Rock near Woody gap on AT  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 14 2018  10:15 am >> Sun, Jan 14 2018 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 11 2018 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 13 2018 10:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12 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:4
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


We will leave the carpool at Windward parl and ride. promptly at 9 AM. We should arrive at the trail head at Dockery Lake by 10:15 and be underway by 10:25. Dockery Lake Trail is one of the prettiest approach trails to the AT. After 3.7 miles it intersects the AT at Miller Gap where we will hang a left and go about 2 mile to Preaching Rock. We''ll eat lunch, rest and take photos of the great views from the Rock.  then retrace our path back to the cars. We will go at a moderate pace (2 - 2.5) so that we can enjoy the beauty of the hike.

This event was partially copied from Larry Cooper and Sam L. 2013 events, thanks to both.

Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking boots, 2 liters of water, lunch, weather appropriate clothing

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trail snacks, digital camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on GA 400 from the Winward park and ride. When GA 400 ends at the Chevron station make a left onto US-19/GA60 until you reach Dahlonega. From Dahlonega, take GA 60 north for 12 miles. Turn right at the sign for Dockery Lake on Forest Road 654 for 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):110Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $44.00 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.

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