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Joyce Kilmer Stratton Bald Hangover

The Basics:
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Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest   Backpacking: Joyce Kilmer Stratton Bald Hangover  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Aug 16 2019  8:00 am >> Sun, Aug 18 2019 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Jun 21 2019 8:04 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 15 2019 8:04 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:22 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

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.


This trip is open to those new to D5 backpacking and is meant to give you the opportunity to challenge yourself.  We will have ample time to reach our campsites.  But, please be aware that the first day will be a 7-mile walk with 3700 feet of elevation gain.  

Day 1:  We will be driving for about 3 hours from Busbee Park n Ride.  We will park our cars near the 2-mile Joyce Kilmer Memorial loop trail off of Santeetlah Road.  We will leave out and walk most of the 2-mile memorial loop before heading up the mountain to get to Stratton Bald.  From studying the map, there appear to be at least 13 water crossings on this segment.  You may want to consider bringing water shoes.  This is up to you.  I personally just wear trail running shoes at all times during wet or dry hikes.  Once at the Bald, we will have a water source and many options for campsites.  I hope that by arriving on a Friday, we will have the most options.  

Day 2:  After breakfast, we will head over to The Hangover, a high outcropping with 360-degree views.  We can have lunch there before heading back.  The total roundtrip mileage for this is 6, but with an option to go 2 miles further for a total of 8 miles.  

Day 3:  We will strike the camp after breakfast and head back down the hill to the parking lot.  This will be the opposite of day 1 and will be about a 6.5-mile hike with an elevation loss of about 3700 feet.

Map of the hike from the parking lot to Stratton Bald

Map of the hike from Stratton Bald to The Hangover and beyond

Thanks, Mr. Bunner for info of this area!

Required Items to Bring:

-trekking poles required due to crossing water while wearing a backpack

-please see AOC checklists for items to bring backpacking

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

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions from Busbee Park n Ride to the trailhead.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):286Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $114.40 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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