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Yellow Mountain, NC - Wildflowers!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Highlands, NC
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Apr 30 2019  7:30 am >> Tue, Apr 30 2019 4:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Apr 22 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Apr 29 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12.3 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: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The first half and all the way to the bottom of Goat Knob remains unchanged.  The ascent to Yellow Mountain no longer goes up the ridge and along the gravel road, but winds its way to the front and then does switchbacks to the top.  Total mileage is now 12.6 and the elevation gain was 2743.

Yellow Mountain features a near 360 degree view of NC and other mountains.  There is a reconstructed fire tower at the top that is recognized as a national historic lookout.  

We start at Cole Gap at 4,200 feet and then ascend to Cole Mountain at 4,600 feet. From there we make a short descent only to ascend again to the three successive peaks of Shortoff Mountain with the highest at 5,000 feet. Then it is down to Yellow Mountain Gap at 4120 feet, followed by a long climb to Yellow Mountain at 5,127 feet. 

Looking for some ladyslippers!

Trailhead start time:  10 AM

Trailhead return time:  4:30 PM

Back at carpool:  7 PM (unless we do dinner!)  We'll decide this before leaving carpool.

This is a weekday event and so, please allow yourself time to make the carpool!  We will leave at 7:30AM!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER HIKE ***You must be in good physical condition. You also need to be able to hike long distances.  Moderate pace.  If you don't have recent D5 experience, please send an email to the trip leaders stating your recent hike history (include date, distance, and time).  This will help ensure group safety.  If I don't get an email from you, I will put you on the waitlist.***



Required Items to Bring:


rain gear

good hiking shoes


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

hiking poles
insect repellent
change of clothes (if needed)
bag for dirty boots (if needed)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the park and ride take I-85 North to I-985 North.  I-985 turns into GA 365/US 23/US 441.  Continue to Clayton GA.  We will make the obligatory pit stop at the Clayton Ingles (which includes a Starbucks) on the right.  After the pit stop, get back on the highway and go north about seven miles to Dillard GA.  Just past Dillard, go right on GA 246.  GA 246 turns into NC 106 at the NC line to Highlands, NC.  Go about 13 miles to Highlands NC.  NC 106 will dead end into US 64 (Main St) in Highlands.  Take a right onto Main St/US 64.  Soon you will turn left on 4th St to stay on US 64.  After 2.7 miles, turn left on Buck Creek Rd, aka NC 1538, aka Cole Mtn Rd.  Go 2.2 miles from there to Cole Gap and park on left side of road at intersection with Forest Service Rd 4535.  The trail head is across the road.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):230Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $92.00 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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