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Car Camp: Albert Mountain/Standing Indian Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Standing Indian Campground, west of Franklin, NC   Hike: Car Camp: Albert Mountain/Standing Indian Loop   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 29 2019  7:30 am >> Sun, Jun 30 2019 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jun 10 2019 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 26 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 10 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:29.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Allen D
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 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.


Goals: #1: Spend two days/one night in cooler climate. #2: Hike a challenging loop with amazing vistas mostly on the AT.  #3: camp where there are clean bathrooms and even showers.  This is a car camping shuddle requiring at least two if not three vehicles depending how many pariticpate.  We will arrive at Standing Indian Campground (SIC) around 9:45 a.m. Sat. to set up camp. A couple of us may go up Friday to grab a camp site(s). (Standing Indian Campground has mostly walk-up first come first serve campsites.  The few reserved campsites are taken) 

After setting up camp we will drive SOBO 5 mi. in one or two cars to Big Laurel Falls parking, leaving one car at SIC to store food/some camping gear.  We will then hike 1.2 mi. (there and back) to Big Laurel Falls. Then we hike 2.3 mi. south on Timber Ridge Trail to the AT.  We will go left (Counter Clock-wise) heading NOBO to Mount Albert (5250 ft.) on the A.T.  Once over Mount Albert we descend to Glassmine Gap at 10 mi. on the A.T.  Then we head east for 2 mi. back for the night at SIC. We will stay together or at a minimum gather at pre-designated trail intersections.  (15.5 mi. total) 

Sun. morning we will break camp, storing all gear in the car.  Then take the pristine Kimsey Creek trail (3,7 mi.) to the A.T. at Deep Gap.  Then, we will hike SOBO 8 mi. on the A.T. over Standing Indian Mountain (5,500 ft.) back to Timber Ridge Trail. Then head north 2.3 m. back to our car(s). (14 mi. total) We then depart for Atlanta (about 2.5 hrs.)

Total elevation gain for two days 4800 ft.  

Required Items to Bring:

All Camping gear needed

Food for weekend


3 L bottles/bladder

hiking footwear

shoes (and a bag in which to place your muddy hiking boots, if you are driving in someone else's car)


Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles




rain gear (you never know)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Buford Park & Ride take I-985 North. This road will change to GA 365, US 441, and US 23. Stay on it for 75 miles, then stop at the Ingles in Clayton for a pit-stop. Once back on the 441, continue 21 miles to Franklin, NC. Make a left (west) onto US 64 West and travel 10 miles, then turn left on to S.R. 1448 (Old US 64). Continue on S.R. 1448 to Wallace Gap and turn right, following the sign to Standing Indian Campground. 

Travel time: 1.5 hours to Clayton from Buford park and ride + 45 minutes to Standing Indian Campground.

One of the co-leaders will be at the park and ride to coordinate ride share. 

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):249Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $99.60 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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