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AT-001 GA 5 of 8: Unicoi Gap to Wide Gap & back

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Unicoi Gap to Wide Gap & back
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 21 2018  9:30 am >> Sat, Jul 21 2018 7:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Mar 28 2018 8:05 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 20 2018 6:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 9 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:23.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Delay carpool departure time and starting time by 1 Hour.


We section hike the entire Appalachian Trail (AT) in Georgia in 8 trips. We go from Springer Mountain all the way to GA/NC border.

Each trip is an out and back going both AT North Bound (NoBo) and South Bound (SoBo) directions without any special car arrangement. No car shuttle and no key swap. We want to enjoy hiking AT both ways.

When we’re done, we have completed the entire AT in GA twice in both NoBo and SoBo directions. We have climbed twice amount of elevation gain both ways. That’s right! We leave no hill un-climbed!!

GA 5 of 8: Unicoi Gap to Wide Gap & back

We start from the Unicoi Gap (at 2,949 feet Elev.) follow AT SoBo. First 1.4 miles we climb Blue Mt. to its summit at 4,025 feet Elev. This section is very rocky with many switchbacks. We’ll pass Chattahoochee Gap at 4.4 miles, Cold Springs Gap at 5.6 miles, Low Gap at 9.4 miles, and Wide Gap at 11.5 miles with short breaks along our way for water, photos, and re-group.

We’ll retrace and hike AT NoBo, and take our lunch break at the Low Gap Shelter. It is 0.1 mile off AT. After lunch break we’ll continue AT NoBo to get back to our cars. Total distance is 23.2 miles = 11.5x2 + 0.1x2. Total elevation gain is approx. 5,190 feet, measurements provided by Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.

The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. If you choose to meet at the event, please arrive 10 minutes before our starting time. Our duration time is an estimate, and we need to have some flexibility.

This event is physically challenging and rewarding! You can fully enjoy it IF AND ONLY IF you have good fitness and endurance. Please only register if you are comfortable hiking long distance at a pace of 2.5 MPH in the remote mountains environment, and have recent D5/D6 experience.

We’ll move at a moderate pace of 2.5 MPH, and everyone is expected to keep up with the group. Please be honest to yourself and only register if you can keep up at this pace the entire trip.

If your recent experience is not from the club, please include it in a note when you register, or email me. If I don’t hear from you, then I have to put you on the waiting list. TL reserves the right to remove registrants without sufficient track record for the safety of everyone. We encourage our members to actively participate with joyful experience, and most importantly to stay healthy and safe at the end of our trip!

Required Items to Bring:

If you're in other member’s car, bring an extra pair of Clean shoes, bag for changed shoes, towel to sit on. Only enter with clean shoes. Remove all trash and your belongings.

Cash for carpool driver.

Layers of clothing suitable for the season.

Good hiking boots/shoes.

Lunch, plenty of water, and snacks for long day hike.

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


Hiking poles


Rain gear just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA-400 N/US-19 N to its end. Continue straight onto GA-115 N for 4.8 miles. Turn right onto GA-115 N/GA-52 E for 2 miles. Keep left to continue on GA-115 N for 9.5 miles. Turn left onto Tesnatee Gap Valley Rd. for 2.7 miles. Continue onto McAfee Rd for 0.2 miles. Turn left onto US-129 N for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto GA-75A for 8.1 miles. Turn left onto GA-17 N/GA-75 N for 7.8 miles to arrive at Unicoi Gap parking lot.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):124Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $49.60 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.


1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.