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Georgia Triple Crown: Coosa, Slaughter, and Blood

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Vogel State Park
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Feb 18 2019  7:30 am >> Mon, Feb 18 2019 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Feb 12 2019 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Feb 17 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
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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: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Join me for a pleasant day of hiking on the Coosa Backcountry Trail starting at Vogel State Park.  Lots of hills and views with the leaves down for the winter.  The hike begins with a short uphill climb to Georgia 180.  After crossing GA 180, we will walk downhill for 3 miles.  The next several miles will be the most challenging of the hike with a 3 mile climb to the summit of Coosa Bald (elev 4280), descent to Wolf Pen Gap, and another climb to the summit of Slaughter Mountain (elev 4338).  After Slaughter mountain, we will continue to the fork in the trail and take a right on Duncan Ridge Trail to meet the AT.  We will make a left on the AT to reach the summit of Blood Mountain (elev 4458).  We will take time to explore the views at the summit and back track down the AT and Duncan Ridge Trail to meet the Coosa Backcountry Trail.  We will take the remaining downhill section of the Coosa Backcountry trail back to the parking lot where we started.

This is a strenuous trail and only those in excellent physical condition should participate. This hike is recommended for hikers with previous long distance hikes of 12 or more miles in the mountains.  Total elevation gain on this hike will be 4000+ feet and distance will be between 16 and 17 miles.

We will take some brief water breaks along the way and a lunch/snack break on Coosa Bald and Blood Mountain.

Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking shoes/boots
Lots of Gatorade or water - you will want to stay hydrated!

Layers for winter hiking

Rain gear

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA 400/US 19 north to Dahlonega.  We will make a pit stop in Dahlonega at the McDonald's there.  It will be on your left on US 19.  Then take US 19 north to where it joins US 129 at Turners Corner. Continue north on US 19/129 for 11 miles to Vogel State Park.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):125Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 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.

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Cost Includes:

Parking fee ($5) - pay at park

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

No hiking on heavy rain/thunderstorms