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2018-12-16 Brasstown Bald from Unicoi Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: AT Unicoi Gap to Brasstown Bald Recreation Area
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 16 2018  8:00 am >> Sun, Dec 16 2018 4:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Dec 13 2018 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Dec 15 2018 5:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 8.5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:20 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is an out and back trekking to Brasstown Bald, the highest summit in Georgia standing at 4,784 feet. On a clear day we'll have panoramic breathtaking views from four surrounding states.

We’ll meet and start from the Unicoi Gap. We'll follow AT (Appalachian Trail) SoBo (South Bound). First 1.4 miles we’ll climb Blue Mt. to its summit at 4,025 feet Elev. This section is very rocky with many switchbacks. We’ll reach AT Chattahoochee Gap at 4.5 miles, then turn right heading north and follow Jacks Knob Trail. We’ll cross GA-180 and continue Jacks Knob Trail to Brasstown Bald Recreation Area.

The last section is a paved parking lot and Brasstown Bald Trail leading to its summit and surrounding facilities. After trekking 10 miles we’ll take our lunch break at the summit, and enjoy everything it has to offer. After break, we’ll retrace the same route for another 10 miles to get back to our cars.

<<< Important Notes >>>

The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. If you choose to meet at the event, please arrive 10 minutes before our starting time. Our duration time is an educated estimate, so we need to have some flexibility.

This event is physically challenging and rewarding! You can fully enjoy it if and only if you have good fitness and endurance. Please only register if you are comfortable going long distance at a pace of 2.5 to 3 mph in the remote mountains environment, and have recent D5/D6 experience.

If your recent experience is not from the club, please include it in a note when you register, or email TL; otherwise you will be moved to the waiting list for the safety of everyone. We encourage our members to actively participate with joyful experience, and most importantly to stay healthy and safe at the end of our event.

Required Items to Bring:

If you're in other member’s car, bring an extra pair of Clean shoes, bag for changed shoes, towel to sit on. Only enter with clean shoes. Remove all trash and your belongings.

Cash for carpool driver.

Layers of clothing suitable for the season.

Good trail running/hiking shoes.

Lunch, plenty of water, and snacks for a long day in the mountains.

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


Hiking poles


Rain gear just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA-400 N/US-19 N to its end. Continue straight onto GA-115 N for 4.8 miles. Turn right onto GA-115 N/GA-52 E for 2 miles. Keep left to continue on GA-115 N for 9.5 miles. Turn left onto Tesnatee Gap Valley Rd. for 2.7 miles. Continue onto McAfee Rd for 0.2 miles. Turn left onto US-129 N for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto GA-75A for 8.1 miles. Turn left onto GA-17 N/GA-75 N for 7.8 miles to arrive at Unicoi Gap parking lot.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):124Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $49.60 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.


1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.

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

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