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Lula Lake on Lookout Mountain, GA: Helping improve its scenic Trails + optional free Camping beginning Sun after Cloudland Canyon day trip
|Event Location:||~100 mi NW of Atlanta near Cloudland Canyon State Park|
|Date(s) & Time:||Mon, Oct 22 2018 10:00 am >> Mon, Oct 22 2018 3:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Sep 28 2018 9:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Oct 20 2018 9:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||5 Hours. Campers are welcome to arrive as early as 2PM Sunday and stay thru Tue AM.|
|Difficulty Rating:||D3: Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||25|
|Minimum Group Size:||5|
|Number Registered So Far:||5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
WANTED!...Enthusiastic fun-loving adventurers for this fall color "give-back" experience at Lula Lake, whose centerpiece high atop Lookout Mountain, GA is the incredible 100' Lula Falls pictured above, just a short drive NE of Cloudland Canyon State Park. Our friends who manage the ruggedly beautiful 8000-acre "Lula Lake Land Trust" have invited the AOC to join them for some trail maintenance work (no previous experience necessary) from 10:00 AM until about 3:00 PM on Monday, Oct 22nd. As a "thank-you" gift we volunteers will have exclusive use of their spacious creekside group campsite near the falls from Sunday afternoon thru Tuesday morning. We hope each volunteer can plan to spend either or both nights (Sun and/or Mon) camping with us - and if not, after our trail work at least enjoy exploring with us a couple of the gorgeous waterfall trails and overlooks that adjoin our campsite before you depart. Each of us who wishes to camp is welcome to arrive and set up our tent, hammock, etc. as early as 2:00 PM Sunday and depart as late as noon on Tuesday- see more details below). Cloudland Canyon Sunday Hiking Option: Volunteers are encouraged also to register to join us for a series of spectacular AOC dayhikes at nearby Cloudland Canyon, on Sunday Oct 21st from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, which has been specially planned to immediately precede this Lula Lake & Falls service trip. Click here for that separate AOC event: https://www.atlantaoutdoorclub.com/event/details.asp?eventid=16080
SERVICE PROJECT PLAN: Our host at Lula Lake will be our friend Patrick Kelly, the Land Trust's manager who did a splendid job overseeing our similar AOC trail work & camping trip there over "St. Pat's weekend" in March 2017. Pat will provide everything we need for our Monday project including a variety of easy-to-use tools for soil moving and brush cutting, plus a training briefing with safety tips. Our mission will be to assist him and his staff in maintaining and improving a portion of the trail network about 1 mile west of our group campsite. We volunteers will meet Pat a few minutes before 10:00 AM at the "Campsite Information Kiosk" by our parked vehicles (see Driving Directions below). After introductions we'll depart with him on foot (with our own daypacks, picnic lunches & water) and can expect to be back at the campsite no later than ~3:00 PM after the trail work. Feel free to bring any favorite trail maintenance gear of your own and be sure to dress properly as discussed below in "Required & Suggested Items to Bring". We intend to go ahead with this trip Rain or Shine, unless unusually dangerous weather, etc. interferes.
DRIVING & CARPOOLING TIPS: Those of us who wish to camp are urged to drive up independently or by arranging "custom carpooling" with other AOCers (including those of us who register for our Sunday Cloudland Canyon hikes discussed above). For the benefit of volunteers who prefer joining us only for the day on Monday, I include below an optional 7:00 AM Monday group carpooling plan, meeting at the "Busbee Park & Ride" just off I-75 at Exit #271 near Marietta. Drivers should pay close attention to my detailed Directions about reaching our meetup spot at the campsite kiosk via the padlocked Lula Lake gate, whose combination I'll email to all event confirmees. Using GPS alone can be a problem in this wilderness area.
TIPS for VOLUNTEERS who wish to CAMP with us: Our spacious "exclusive-use" Group Campsite at Lula Lake has Picnic Tables, a Campfire Ring, a roofed kInformation Kiosk, and a nearby well-maintained Toilet Building. Although it's "pioneer style" (with no piped water or electric power) this beautiful creekside group site has directly adjoining free parking so it's easy to bring as many "comforts of home" as we like. Below are lists of "required and suggested" things to bring, including camp chairs, headlamps, lanterns, jugs of water, iced-down coolers of food & refreshments, plus tents, hammocks, sleeping bags, air mattresses, stoves, tarps, etc. On the other hand, feel free to go as light as you like and camp "backpacking style" if you prefer! We're welcome to pitch our tents anywhere that doesn't disturb the gorgeous terrain - much of it is flat and grassy, and there are plenty of trees suitable for hanging hammocks. We campers who stay thru Tue AM may tackle a few extra light maintenance tasks (based on Pat's advice, before we depart) - perhaps along the short "Rock Creek Nature Trail" that directly adjoins our group camping area & kiosk.
SUGGESTED MEALS & CAMPFIRE PLAN: At the Lula Lake group site on both Sunday and Monday evening I suggest that we campers who are present gather for a social hour, "potluck" group dinner and campfire from about 6:00 till 9:00 PM - also similar family-style group breakfasts on Monday & Tuesday, ~7:30 till 9:00 AM. If you wish to join us for a particular group meal simply be prepared to contribute about 4 or 5 servings of a single food or beverage item that you personally enjoy and would like to share - also pitch in of course with meal prep, serving and cleanup. For your Lunch on Monday please bring an appropriate assortment of lightweight picnic-style food and drinks that can be conveniently carried in your Daypack and consumed while we're doing the trail work. Also consider bringing snacks & water on our hike to the Waterfall overlooks, etc. after the work project.
|How to Get There:|
DIRECTIONS from ATLANTA to our AOC GROUP CAMPSITE at LULA LAKE: (This route via I-75 and GA-136 West is among the simplest, shortest and most scenic, and is the route we AOCers normally prefer for trips to Cloudland Canyon State Park, whose main entrance is directly on GA-136. Various other routes to Lula Lake are suggested by GPS, Google Maps, etc. and have a comparable ~2-hour drive time.)
1. From the I-75/I-285 Interchange take I-75 North about 60 miles to I-75 Exit #320, "GA Hwy 136.
GPS and GOOGLE MAPS USERS: Feel free to augment the above written directions by entering the following Lat/Lon coordinates for the Lula Lake Entrance Gate as your destination (as you would a street address - being sure to include the comma & minus sign): 34.9194, -85.3863
GROUP CAMPSITE "INFO KIOSK" LAT/LON (~0.7 mile east of Entrance Gate): 34.922, -85.381
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||200Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||7:00 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.00 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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No Charge for this amazing trip other than your fair share of carpooling expenses to if you choose to hook up with one or more other volunteers for the trip up and back! Just bring your own camping gear, food & refreshments - plus a cheerful disposition and vim, vigor & vitality!
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.