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Wayah Bald to Siler Bald and back.

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: West of Franklin, NC   Hike: Wayah Bald to Siler Bald and back.  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 6 2019  7:30 am >> Sat, Apr 6 2019 7:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sat, Mar 30 2019 8:46 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 5 2019 8:46 pm
Event Duration:12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


We will drive to the top of Wayah Bald and park our cars there, before we head off on the hike we will climb the restored fire tower and take in the views before descending Wayah Bald to Wayah Gap.

Standing at 5,342 feet Wayah Bald offers excellent views across the North Carolina countryside and the Nantahala Wilderness areas. We will follow the AT down 1142 feet over approximately 4 miles to the Gap, once at the Wayah Gap will we will cross the road and ascend approximately 1000 feet over 2 miles towards Siler Bald.

Once we reach the summit of Siler Bald we will spend around 30 minutes here eating lunch and taking in the view.  After lunch we will re- trace our steps and return to our vehicles at Wayah Bald.

This is NOT a beginner's hike. If you have not completed a recent D5 with the AOC, please convince the Trip Leaders that you are fit enough for this event, by including an explanation in the notes section of your registration. Otherwise you may be moved to the wait list.

This is not the hike for you if:

1. You don't like hiking in groups.
2. Need to get back to Atlanta by a specific time.
3. Unable to follow instructions.
4. Want to hike at the speed of light.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Cold weather hiking gear
  • 2-3 liters of water
  • food/snacks
  • headlamp (just in case)
  • hiking boots/shoes
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • camera
  • trekking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the Indian Trail park & ride, take I-85 North. After 11 miles bear left to take I-985 North. This road will change to GA 365, US 441, and US 23. Stay on it for 75 miles, then stop at the Clayton Ingles for a pit-stop and to pick up hikers meeting at event. Once back on the 441, it is 21 miles to Franklin. Make a left onto US 64 West. Go 3.7 miles on US 64 and make a right onto Old Murphy Road, then an immediate left onto Wayah Rd, SR 1310, which is all paved (Look for a sign for Wayah Bald on US 64). From there it is 8.9 miles to the Appalachian Trail. After you pass the hikers- crossing sign at the top of Wayah Gap, make a right onto the Road up to Wayah Gap, this is an unsealed road in good condtion, follow it for 4.4 miles to the Wayah Bald Parking area. 

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):242Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.80 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.


We will be contacting anyone who has not recently completed a D5 hike to ascertain whether this is a good hike for you.

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

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