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MLK Day - Blood Mountain Loop Day Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Blood Mountain
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Jan 21 2019  10:15 am >> Mon, Jan 21 2019 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 14 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 20 2019 11:59 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bob Bunner
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


If you have the day off, or you just feel like playing hooky, join us as we celebrate MLK Day while hiking up to one of the great vistas in Northern Georgia.  This will be a a moderately paced hike.  There is about 1500 feet in elevation gain, so if you must be in reasonably good shape to keep up with the group.  Beginning at Lake Winfield Scott, we'll hike up the West face of Blood Mountain along the Slaughter Creek trail. After 3.5 miles, we'll reach the top of Blood Mountain.  We'll probably spend about 35-45 minutes at the summit enjoying lunch and the views.  Then we'll hike out on the Jarrard Gap trail, which will return us to Lake Winfield Scott.

Required Items to Bring:

1 lunch

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles, 2 quarts of water.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on GA 400. Take a left onto SR 60/19 toward Dahlonega. At the fork of SR 60 and SR 19, go straight on SR 60 to Suches. Take a right on SR 180.  The entrance to the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is on the right, approximately 7-8 miles after you turn onto SR 180.  As you drive toward the lake, past the campground, the parking lot is located on the left, just before you get to the bridge. The trailhead is located across the bridge and to your right.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):125Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $50.00 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.


Parking is $5 per day.

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