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Neels Gap to Cowrock Mtn - Great Views!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Georgia   Hike: Neels Gap to Cowrock Mtn - Great Views!  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Mar 25 2018  8:30 am >> Sun, Mar 25 2018 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Mar 18 2018 8:08 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Mar 24 2018 2:42 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:11.5 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: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This hike will take us from Neels Gap to Cowrock Mountain along the AT. In addition to the spectacular views from a couple overlooks on Cowrock, there will be some other great viewpoints along the way, such as at Leveland Mtn and Wolf Laurel.

We will actually begin the hike from the Byron Reese Memorial parking lot, as hikers are not allowed to park in the Mountain Crossing store lot at Neels Gap. After we hike up to Neels Gap, we'll then head NoBo (actually east) on the AT climbing about 800 ft until reaching the top of Levelland Mtn. There will be a nice viewpoint on the east side of Levelland where we'll take a few minutes to hydrate and enjoy the view. We'll then proceed on, losing about 500 feet of elevation, before heading back up another 400 ft to the top of Wolf Laurel Mtn where we'll be greated with another nice view. Again, we'll take a few minutes to enjoy the view and then make another big dip along the way to Cowpen Mtn.

There's an overlook about a quarter of a mile south of the "normal" overlook on Cowpen which has great views from the top of a cliff. We'll take a break here to enjoy the views and eat lunch before returning the way we came.

This hike will be about 11.5 miles and have about 2,700 feet of ascent. Folks wishing to register should have solid D4+ hiking experience prior to registering for this event. 

Required Items to Bring:
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water or sports drink (2+ liters)
  • Change of clothes for the ride home
  • Emergency rain gear
  • Cash for your carpool
  • A good attitude
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):128Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $51.20 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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