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AT Woody Gap to Jarrard Gap and Back

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Suches, Georgia
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Mar 10 2019  9:00 am >> Sun, Mar 10 2019 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Mar 6 2019 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Mar 10 2019 7:00 am
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:11.6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bob Bunner
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



Please join us for a get-back-to-nature hike on one of the most scenic sections of the Applalachian Trail, a moderately challenging 11.6 mile trek from Woody Gap to Jarrard Gap.

Woody Gap Trailhead

Our adventure begins at the easily accessible Woody Gap parking lot off GA 60 north of Dahlonega. We'll head north on the Appalachian Trail, beginning with some gentle climbs and descents through a hardwood forest. At a little over a mile, we'll climb a switchback to the top of Big Cedar Mountain, where we will enjoy sweeping vistas from an outcrop known as Preacher's Rock. From here, we'll pass multiple campsites and soon reach Miller Gap, where the Dockery Lake Trail joins the AT and where we should have an excellent view of the Blood Mountain Wilderness area.

Our next challenge is a moderate switchback climb to the top of Baker Mountain, followed by a relatively easy uphill and descent to our destination, where the Jarrard Gap Trail intersects with the AT. We'll take a well-deserved snack break, then reverse course and return to the Woody Gap trailhead parking lot. The return trek provides a different perspective of this portion of the AT, which will make it feel as if we're covering new ground on the way back.

Total elevation gain is expected to be about 2,500 ft, and our average pace while moving will be moderate (2.5mph). We'll take a handful of short breaks along the way to enjoy the scenery, refuel, and rest.

Parking at the trailhead does get crowded at times, so please consider carpooling if you're able. The carpools will depart the Windward Park and Ride (please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time for introductions and carpool assignments), with an expected trailhead arrival of 10:10am. We will begin the hike at 10:15:00am. There are restrooms at the trailhead, so we do not plan to stop on the drive from the carpool meetup to the trailhead.

If there is enough interest we will have dinner/ late lunch  at Chef Tommy Thai Cuisine across from GA 400 outlet Mall, please carpool accordingly.


Some of the  hike Material was copied from Lisa and Jeff's past event, so I appreciate both.
This hike is a challenging D4 with plenty of ascents and descents. We will hike together as a group, so participants must be able to maintain the group pace. As such, it's not suitable for members who haven't recently completed D4 or harder hikes. The trip leaders may contact you if your AOC event history doesn't show that.


Required Items to Bring:


- Hiking shoes/boots

- Plenty of fluids

- Cash for your driver (if carpooling)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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- Hiking poles

- Raingear

- Optional change of shoes/clothes

- Snack for our midpoint break

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

To Trailhead from Winward Park and Ride

> Exit left from the parking lot onto Northpoint parkway Then left at trafic light to Windward Parkway and right to GA 400/ US 19.

> Continue on GA 400 / US 19 for approximately 50 miles to the intersection with GA 60.

> Make a left on GA 60 (it's co-signed as US 19 for a while) and continue for a little over five miles to the trailhead. Watch the signage; GA 60 will make a right-hand turn at the bottom of the hill just before downtown Dahlonega. Also, when you get to the rock pile northwest of Dahlonega, continue straight on GA 60.

The trailhead and a parking lot will be on the right; an additional parking lot is across the road. Parking is free. If you reach the town of Suches, you've gone too far. The published GPS coordinates for the trailhead are 34.677883, -83.999550.

 Approxmiate round-trip distance per Google Maps (with or without the lunch stop) is 110 miles.


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):110Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $44.00 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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