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Rabun Bald and Flat Top Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Rabun Bald, 15 miles northeast of Clayton, GA
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Jan 21 2019  7:45 am >> Mon, Jan 21 2019 5:45 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sat, Jan 12 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 20 2019 7:00 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 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:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


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

This is an in and out hike with a total distance of 12 miles and vertical rise of 3,000 + feet. We will be summiting 2 mountains on this hike including Rabun Bald and Flat Top Mountain.

Rabun Bald is the second-highest mountain in Georgia and the highest foot-access-only mountain. It features a 360 degree vista from a wooden deck perched above a rustic stone lockout tower at 4,696 feet. We will be hiking west on the Rabun Bald Trail from the parking lot for 2.9 miles to reach the summit of Rabun Bald climbing 2,100 feet. We will then continue on the Bartram Trail for approximately 3 miles to reach the summit of Flat Top Mountain.  There is a rock outcrop with an overlook just past the summit where we will have lunch.  After lunch, we will turn around and backtrack the way we came.


If you plan on meeting at the event please meet the carpoolers at 9:15 am at the Ingles on 176 US-441, Clayton, GA 30525.  There is limited parking at the trailhead.

Required Items to Bring:

Lunch, water, warm winter hiking clothing

Recommended Items to Bring:
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trekking poles (trail is steep in some areas)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA 400 North to exit 14 GA 20 east.  Then take GA 20 east to I-985 North. I-985 North will turn into highway 441. Follow highway 441 north into Clayton, GA. From just North of the junction of US 76 West and US highway 441 in Clayton, GA make a right onto Warwomen road and drive 10 miles to Forest Road 7, Hale Ridge Cemetery Road. Turn left and go 5.6 miles to a gap. The trail starts on the hill to the left of the gap. There is roadside parking on the right, just past the trail. Watch carefully; this trailhead is not well marked.

If you plan on meeting at the event please meet the carpoolers at 9:15 am at the Ingles on 176 US-441, Clayton, GA 30525.  There is limited parking at the trailhead.


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):210Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $84.00 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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Cost Includes:

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