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Blood Mtn, Coosa Bald, Slaughter Mtn, Lake Winfield Scott and Blood Mtn.

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Cleveland, GA 30528
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 29 2018  6:30 am >> Sat, Sep 29 2018 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Sep 10 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Sep 25 2018 10:00 am
Event Duration:13 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D7: Extreme
Distance:26.4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chuck R
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

We'll start at Bryon Reece Parking, hiking up the AT to the summit of Blood Mtn. After a long and steep descent to Vogel State Park, we then hop on the Coosa Backcountry Loop. Along the way we'll summit Coosa Bald (4280') and then Slaughter Mountain (4338').

Rather than returning to Blood Mtn, we will turn right at the AT (again) and follow the trail to Jarred Gap Trail then to Lake Winfield Scott. After a snack break, head back along the Slaughter Creek Trail to the summit of Blood Mountain (4458') and back to our cars.

This a solid 26.4 miler with 7300 ft elevation gain. 

This is NOT a beginners hike, so please do not sign up unless you are in excellent physical condition. If you haven't done a D6 or D7 hike with us before, this will not be for you. I reserve the right to remove folks from the sign up list that have not hiked with me before.

As many of you know, the Coosa Backcountry Loop is a strenuous trail. Be sure you are up to a 20+ mile hike with some extended climbs at a steady pace and only short stops for water.  

Required Items to Bring:

Required Items to Bring: 2-3 Litres water Trail Snacks, 1Lunch, Emergency Rain Gear, Cash for Carpool, Broken-in Hiking Boots and Experienced Hikers!

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

Recommended Items to Bring: Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need. Hiking poles epipen if you are allergic to bees Change of clothes, socks, shoes for the ride back A towel for the ride back Plastic bag to carry shoes after the hike

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Event Directions: We will meet next to the trailhead in the Byron Reece Memorial parking area. This parking lot is located on US-19, about 0.5 miles north of Neels Gap, on the left side of the road. Coordinates: 34.7418, -83.9226 Link to directions starting from Mansell Park & Ride:

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):170Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $68.00 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.


Will hike in rain if weather permits. Let nature be the sounds.

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

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