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Section 5: Benton MacKaye Trail - Key Swap

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Benton MacKaye Trail
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Mar 19 2019  9:45 am >> Tue, Mar 19 2019 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 11 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Mar 18 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:8.5 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

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.


The elevation picture shows from west to east and does not include Rocky Knob.  The elevation gain from east to west is approximately 2500, and the reverse elevation gain is 3000 feet.

This event will require a key swap - priority on hike attendance goes to one other willing driver!!!!  

We can possibly add another person if the cars seat 5 people.

Wilscot Gap or Shallow Ford Bridge is our trailhead for the key swap hike over Tipton, Bald, side trip to Rocky Know, then on to Brawley and Garland Mountains.

It may be early for wildflowers, but who knows.

Lunch when we meet our key swap friends.

Depart carpool at 8AM.  Start hiking at 9:45AM.  Finish hiking at 2:30PM.  Return to carpool by 4PM.

Please arrive a few minutes early to the carpool - as we will determine who is in what car at this time and will load our gear.

Hey, if you've not completed a recent D5, please send the trip leaders information on your recent hiking experiences (trail name, distance, date, pace), this will enable us to ensure group safety.  If I don't get an email from you, I will move you to the waitlist. 

Required Items to Bring:

1 to 2 litres of liquids


clothing appropriate for the weather and temperatures.

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

hiking poles


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Google Wilscot Gap (Hwy 60) or Shallowford Bridge.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):142Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $56.80 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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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