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Lake Lanier Islands - Hike the Blue Ridge Extreme Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Lake Lanier Islands, Buford GA   Hike: Lake Lanier Islands - Hike the Blue Ridge Extreme Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 12 2018  9:00 am >> Sat, May 12 2018 11:45 am  (Carpool Departure: 7:50 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, May 6 2018 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 11 2018 3:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6.3 Miles
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Lake Lanier Islands has waived the gate entry fee from May 5 - May 24 so let's go hike Lake Lanier's largest island. We'll hike the Blue Ridge Extreme Trail which is right at 6.3 miles. The trail is gorgeous and runs right along the shoreline of the lake for the majority of the hike.  This is not a hike for beginners but it is not a difficult D3 either. There is about 1100 feet of elevation gain so just make sure you can handle the distance and elevation.

We will hike the Blue Ridge Extreme Trail. Description from the website:

Blue Ridge Extreme

Hike along the edge of Blue Ridge Island on a trail forged by deer migrations and natural wildlife. This six mile pathway of rugged terrain winds in and out of secluded coves and peninsulas of the Resort's largest island.

Trail maps:


We are meeting on the Island. There is a parking lot across the street from the Canopy Tours "cabin".  You will enter through the main gates, stay on Lanier Islands Pkwy at the roundabout you will circle around it and take the second "exit" staying on Lanier Islands Pkwy and follow until another small roundabout, look to your left and you'll see a small cabin for the Canopy Tours. There is a parking lot across the street from the Canopy Tours cabin. 

GPS Coordinates for parking lot: 34.17370520876133,-84.03723474240905

Go to Google maps and paste the bolded text. It will show you exactly where the parking lot is located. 

 *If you are meeting us at the event, please familiarize yourself with the meeting location and be on time. We will begin the hike on time. 

Carpool leaves at 7:50 AM sharp. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in.

 We cannot guarantee restrooms near the trailhead. 

Timing (this is from the last trip and it's pretty spot on):

Carpool leaves 7:50

In park and ready to go at 9:00

Hike should take about 2 hours and 45 mins (give or take)

Back to parking lot at trailhead around 11:45

Should be back to Mansell around 1:00 maybe 1:30 depending on traffic or stops

Required Items to Bring:

water, gatorade or whatever you like to keep you hydrated
snacks to fuel yourself
hiking poles if you dig 'em
clothing appropriate for the weather
a sense of adventure!

No flip flops or shoes without a backstrap

Recommended Items to Bring:
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bug spray

epi pen or inhaler

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):64Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:50 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $25.60 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.

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

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

Event will be canceled in the event of extreme weather.