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Siler Bald NC Day-Hike
|Event Location:||Winding Stair Gap - 8 mi West of Franklin NC on US 64|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Nov 3 2018 8:30 am >> Sat, Nov 3 2018 6:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Nov 1 2018 12:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Nov 2 2018 7:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||9 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||4|
|Number Registered So Far:||9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
There are many scenic vistas on the Appalachian Trail within a couple hours driving time of Atlanta, but perhaps none more so than Siler Bald, North Carolina. With a summit of 5,216 feet it offers a sweeping 360 degree view of the surrounding valleys. And while there is almost 1500 feet in elevation gain, most of it is fairly gradual over four miles. The total distance hiked will be around nine miles.
If you are fairly new to hiking, you should be in good physical condition and have at the least trail running shoes with good grips. Typical of the AT in this area, expect the terrain to be rocky and muddy. Remember that most of this is hike is at over 4000 ft elevation so bring appropriate clothing (hat, gloves, jacket).
Hiking pace will average 2.0 - 2.5 mph with stops to enjoy the scenery and photograph it. We will have a leisurely lunch at, or near the summit. Will probably remain at the summit basking in the sun and enjoying our efforts to climb this, for about an hour, so please sign up for this hike only if you really enjoy hanging out in the wilderness for a bit.
If you bring a dog, expect to drive yourself. Bring extra water for the dog, on the trail, as there are limited water sources.
The ending time of this event is an estimated time.
If your AOC record shows limited hiking events and the trip leader is not familar with you, expect an e-mail asking about your recent hiking experience.
Thanks to other members for this description, I copied from it from a former event that I led, so I'm not sure of the original sources.
|How to Get There:|
North on I-85. Take I-985 near Mall of Georgia. Continue on I-985. After 26 miles this intersate will become US 23. Continue on US 23 through Clayton GA and into North Carolina. At Franklin NC take exit to US 64 West. Continue eight miles until Winding Stairs Gap parking lot.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||235Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||8:30 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
|Carpool Directions:||Log in for directions|
|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $94.00 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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