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GA Pinhoti Trail - Snake Creek Gap to Pilchers Pond

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Resaca GA in Walker County
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Jan 23 2018  11:00 am >> Tue, Jan 23 2018 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jan 16 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Jan 22 2018 8:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ann Howard
Ralph Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is a ten.five, medium difficulty, in-and-out hike with an elevation of roughly 1967 feet. It is just a little over an hour's drive up 75 from the park and ride.  The pace will be moderate - between 2.5 and 3.0 mph.

The Pinhoti Trail is a long trail that connects the base of the Appalachians in Alabama with the Benton McKaye Trail in the Cohuttas in Georgia, or at least it will if it is ever all connected up. There are long sections of it complete in Georgia. We will be hiking section 11 of that.

We start at Snake Creek Gap and ascend to the ridgeline of Horn Mountain. We walk along the ridgeline for a couple of miles. We will have some good views here. The we gradually descend down the other side of the ridge toward our destination, Pilchers Pond.

Pilchers Pond was built in 1991. Once teeming with aquatic life, the Georgia drought had taken its toll when we were there last in Feb of 09. Then the pond was little more that a dessicated mud hole, with the bass, catfish and brim long gone.  Now that the drought is well over, and all the lakes are full, will Pilchers Pond be full?  Let's hope so.

After our lunch beside the pond, we will return the way we came. A lot of this hike is level ground, and the two ascents we will make are gradual. Though much of the forest is pine, we will still have good winter views.

Required Items to Bring:

Dress in layers
Rain gear if rain possible

Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles, sunscreen, hat

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Get on I75-North. Go 49 miles to exit 320. Make pit stop at Flying J truck stop on the right. Go left on GA 136 out of truck stop. Go about eight miles to Pinhoti parking lot on the right. There should be a sign there.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):116Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $46.40 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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