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Summit GA 4000 foot peaks - Horsetrough Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, near Blairsville, GA   Hike: Summit GA 4000 foot peaks - Horsetrough Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 2 2019  6:30 am >> Sat, Mar 2 2019 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Feb 14 2019 7:28 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 1 2019 3:00 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13 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:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Standing at 4040 feet above sea level with 1008 foot of prominance, Horsetrough Mountain clocks in at Georgia's 21st highest peak when using 160 feet of prominance as the cut off.  Horsetrough lies just off of the Applachian Trail and is part of the Mark Trail Wilderness.  

For this hike, we will take the southern approach starting our hike at Hogpen Gap on GA348.  We will head north on the AT.  Leaving Hogpen Gap, we hike through several moderate ups and downs, pass to the right of Strawberry Top (3,710') at mile 1.6 and passing over Sheep Rock Top (3,575').  After this we will decend to Poplar Stamp Gap (3,350') at mile 5.6.  

This is where we will go off trail.  Where the AT veers right around the mountain, we will stay straight, following a moderately steep ridgeline for just over a mile to the summit.  After a well deserved lunch, we will begin to backtrack and hike back the way we came to Hogpen Gap.

Up to 2 well behaved dogs will be allowed on this hike.

We will make a quick stop in Cleveland at the Chic-Fila on our way up.

Disclaimer:  I've hiked Horsetrough before, but from another direction.  This looks pretty straight forward on the map and with a gps should be no problem.  But as with any offtrail adventure, conditions can be a surprise.  

Required Items to Bring:

Sturdy hiking shoes

Water 2-3 liters


Rain gear (in case)

Proper layers and insulation if needed

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles


Gloves for possible briars


Change of shoes and cloths for ride home

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will meet at the Hogpen Gap parking.This parking lot is located on GA-348/Richard Russell Scenic Hwy.

Coordinates: 34.7259, -83.8398

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):154Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $61.60 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.

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