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Upper and Lower Scaly Mountain - mostly Bartram Trail - Wednesday Wildflowers!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Osage Overlook
Date(s) & Time:Wed, May 8 2019  9:45 am >> Wed, May 8 2019 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Apr 29 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, May 7 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ann Howard
Ralph Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Corrected dates to May 8th.

The first three miles will be south of the Osage Overlook. We will take the Bartram Trail to the West Fork, then the Hurrah Ridge, returning to the Bartram and then taking the Puc Puggy trail to the Overlook.  Puc Puggy came about when William Bartram met Ahaya the Cowkeep, chief of the Alachua band of the Seminole tribe. When Bartram explained to the Cowkeeper that he was interested in studying the local plants and animals, the chief was amused and began calling him Puc Puggy (the flower hunter). It is approximately 1012 feet of elevation gain.  The good news here is that you don't have to carry your lunch (yet) or all your water.

After returning to the Osage Overlook, we will go north on the Bartram Trail for the second part of our hike. Here we will ascend over 1000 feet in two miles to reach the summit of Scaly Mountain at 4804 feet.  We will enjoy lunch at the top and then head down to Tessentee campsite and return the same way.

Looking for some beautiful trilliums!!!

This is a solid D5 with 2874 total elevation gain.  Hiking mileage is close to 11 miles.  Driving time is around 2 hrs 15 minutes.  Expect to return to carpark around 6:30pm.  We can stop for food in Clayton if there is group interest.  We will check before getting into the cars. Also, we will stop for a quick bio break at Ingles in Clayton on the way to Osage Overlook.

Requirement:  If you have not completed a recent D5 or have no history then I need to hear from you.  Email me, please, your recent events including distance, elevation, and time on trail - this is for the safety of the group.  If I don't hear from you, then I will put you on the waitlist.  Thanks for your understanding.   

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking shoes.  

2.5 to 3 L of water. (you can split this water and pick up some from the cars, when we stop half way through the hike)

Lunch/trail snacks.

Positive attitude.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles.


Consider zip pants and long sleeve shirt (that you can take off) in the event the trail is overgrown.

Change of clothing, plastic bag for boots, towel.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Scaly Mountain, NC 9:45 A.M. at Osage Overlook parking lot

Approximate address of Osage Overlook trailhead:  4594 Dillard Rd, Highlands, NC 28741


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):226Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $90.40 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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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.