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^^ Summit GAs Highest Peaks: #20 - Spaniards Knob (4000) ^^

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, near Blairsville, GA   Hike: ^^ Summit GAs Highest Peaks: #20 - Spaniards Knob (4000) ^^  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 2 2019  7:00 am >> Sat, Feb 2 2019 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jan 1 2019 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 1 2019 3:01 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:8.1 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mark P
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The North Georgia mountains may not be the Himalayas or the Rockies, but do offer many opportunties for challenging and exciting hikes to outstanding scenic views.  For this hike, we are summiting one of the 20 highest peaks in Georgia.  (For more info on the criteria used, click here.)

#20 - Spaniards Knob

Standing 4000' above sea level with 689' of clean prominence, Spanard's Knob is a mountain that you don't hear much about, but certainly worth visiting.  It is only about half a mile off of the AT, between Unicoi Gap and Chattahoochee Gap.  I doubt there are any great views up there, but it's possible.  But there are nice winter views through the trees along the the route, and you can be one of the few who have summited this interesting peak.

We will start at Jacks Gap on Hwy 180 just at the entrance road to Brasstown Bald.  We will head south on the Jacks Knob traiil along the Hiawassee Ridge and just to the west of Jacks Knob itself and then descend into Chattahoochee Gap.

Here we can hike down a short path to see the supposed headwaters of the entire Chattahoochee starts here as a somewhat underwhelming mountain spring, trickling out of the ground.

After a break, we will jump on the Appalachian Trail (AT) for a short hike of about a mile to Red Clay Gap.  We will leave the trail here and bushwhack about 1/3 of a mile and 500' up the ridge to the summit of Spaniards Knob.  And this is probably more "off trail" than real "bushwhacking"...the terrain there is fairly open without dense vegetation so we shouldn't have to fight through too much foliage, although anytthing is possible.

After celebrating our peakbagging victory at the summit with a nice long break, we will either head back the way we came up or proceed ahead across the wide top of the mtn and down the eastern ridge, descending to Henson Gap.  This is about another half mile of trail.  At Henson Gap, we will jump back on the AT and back to Chatt Gap and north to Jacks Gap and our cars.

The total distance for this hike is about 8.1 miles with 2650' of total ascent.  Pace will be moderate although there are multiple points where faster hikers can go ahead.  

Conditions this time of year will probably be cold and windy with the potential for snow.  So please be prepared and be sure you are up for that and know how to dress in multiple layers, hat, gloves, etc.

Even without any snow, the Jacks Knob trail is a good one with some nice winter views...Hope you can join us.

And thanks to Tony C for leading th original trip and allowing me to copy the write-up.


Required Items to Bring:
  • emergency rain gear (even if chance of rain is minimal)
  • water
  • enough food to keep your energy level up
  • hiking boots or trail shoes
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • trekking poles
  • camera

How to Get There:
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Directions to trailhead will be given at carpool (or via email if "meeting at event").

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):175Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $70.00 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.


Note, it says above that dogs are not permitted on his event but that is only because they complicate the carpool and also could be an issue if we finish in the dark.  But if you want to drive up to the trailhead by yourself, you are welcome to bring your dog along.

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