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Section One of the Benton MacKaye - Loop Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Springer Mountain, Georgia
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Feb 27 2018  9:30 am >> Tue, Feb 27 2018 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 19 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Feb 26 2018 8:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12.7 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: 7 / 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.


Distance 13 miles.  Elevation gain just at 2500 (per Mark Reffett) Pace - slower on the uphill; overall including breaks around 2.0 mph.

There will be some creek crossings (hopefully only involving rock hops).  Be prepared.

We will hike Section 1 of the Benton MacKaye (BMT) as a loop hike.  We will start from the Springer Mountain parking lot, hike to Springer Mountain, backtrack slightly and turn on the Benton MacKaye trail, hike down to Three Forks crossing the AT a few times, continue along the AT to Long Creek Falls From Three Forks and then return to the parking lot via the AT.  Overall distance about 13 miles with an elevation gain of around 1900 feet.

Required Items to Bring:

Lunch.  Water.  Hiking stuff!

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles.

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):54Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $21.60 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.

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