Rescheduled: Summit GA 4000 foot peaks - Grassy Ridge plus wildflowers - Sat, Apr 27 2019

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Rescheduled: Summit GA 4000 foot peaks - Grassy Ridge plus wildflowers

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Patterson Gap, Chattahoochee National Forest   Hike: Rescheduled:  Summit GA 4000 foot peaks - Grassy Ridge plus wildflowers  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 27 2019  7:00 am >> Sat, Apr 27 2019 4:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 25 2019 7:11 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 26 2019 4:30 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
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: 10 / 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.


Due to a forecast of show on the original date, this event has been rescheduled: 

On this hike we will conquer Georgia's 8th highest peak (using the 160' prominence cutoff) Grassy Ridge (4400') as well as exploring other parts of the Southern Nantahala Wilderness.

We will begin our hike at Patterson Gap and head north following the ridgeline and a faint trail up for about 1.5 miles to the summit of Grassy Ridge.  After a short pause for pictures, we will continue north along the ridge to Nichols Gap where we will pick up the Grassy Ridge Trail and follow this for another mile or so until it ends at the Applachian Trail at Carters Gap Shelter.  We'll take a short break at the shelter before retracing our steps.  A short distance after crossing through Nichols Gap again, we will veer off on a faint side trail to explore Till Ridge Cove.  This cove is considered by many to be one of the finest botaincal areas of the state with thousands of Trilliums blooming.  And we should be there at approximately the peak of their spring show.  After spending some time in the cove, we will hike back to our cars.  

The total hiking distance should be around 8-9 miles and around 2000 feet of total elevation.  But some of this will be off trail or on unmaintained trails.

This area did burn during the 2016 Rock Mountain Fire, but the area should be plenty recovered by now.  

Up to two well behaved dogs will be allowed.

We will stop for a break on the drive up at Ingles in Clayton.

Required Items to Bring:

water 1-2 liters

long pants

boots/sturdy shoes


rain gear (in case)

cash for carpool

clean shoes/cloths for the ride home

Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles




How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the Park and Ride, go north on I-85

Merge into left lanes and continue on I-985

I-985 will turn into US-23 N/US-441 N/GA-15; remain on this road to Clayton.

We will take a short comfort break in Clayton and stay together for the drive to the trailhead.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):200Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.00 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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