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Big Cedar Mountain and Dockery Lake

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Dockery Lake, 12 miles north of Dahlonega, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 9 2018  6:30 am >> Sun, Sep 9 2018 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Sep 6 2018 6:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Sep 9 2018 5:30 am
Event Duration:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary Hubert
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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: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This trip is for hikers with recent experience of hiking 10 or more miles in the mountains. We will go at a steady, moderate pace, with a few stops.

This is an in and out hike with a total distance of about 10 miles and vertical rise of approximately 1,600 feet. Overall, the hike offers views of Dockery Lake, scenic creeks, dark hemlock forests, and vistas from Preaching Rock. It is among the closest to Atlanta of any hike in the Blue Ridge.

This hike starts at Dockery Lake just 12 miles north of Dahlonega, GA.  We will hike on the Dockery Lake trail for 3.6 miles to reach the AT. We will then hike southwest on the Appalachian Trail until we reach Big Cedar Mountain and a scenic overlook called Preaching Rock. Here, at 3,600 feet, we will have a south-easterly view of the mountains, valleys, and Piedmont.  This will be our lunch spot.  After that we will return the way we came back to Dockery Lake.

If you plan to meet at the event, please be at the trailhead at 7:30AM!

Required Items to Bring:

2 liters or more of water
Trail food/lunch
Hiking boots or shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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You may wish to bring
Hiking Poles- for balance
Change of shoes and shirt for drive back

Bug Spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Enter Dockery Lake Campground on you Google Maps App.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):120Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $48.00 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.

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