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Coosa Backcountry Loop: Coosa Bald & Slaughter Mtn (GROUP Hike)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Vogel State Park   Hike: Coosa Backcountry Loop: Coosa Bald & Slaughter Mtn (GROUP Hike)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 22 2019  7:00 am >> Sat, Jun 22 2019 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jun 18 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jun 20 2019 7:00 am
Event Duration:10 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:13.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chuck R
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

<(GROUP HIKE) Starting at Vogel State Park, hiking counter clockwise, our trail will carry the group into The Burnett Gap. We will then hike into the low area of Sosebee Creek Valley where we will cross the foot bridge just before Wolf Creek Road. This is where we will have our first break. Next we will have some steady climbs that will bring us to Calf Stomp Gap (down the trail before Calf Stomp their is a fork - stay left). This will later intersect with a 3 way Forestry Road - to your right will be a campsite. We will have our proposed break just before where it summits Coosa Bald (4280ft). Once we reach Coosa we will sit down and have lunch! After refueling we get back on trail for a short distance and turn left (southeast) to Duncan Ridge Trail and hike to State Road 180 ( Wolfpen Gap) and stop for another break. We will then cross the road into The Blood Mountain Wilderness to summit Slaughter Mountain (4338 ft). Once on top of Slaughter, we will take a short breather! After the breather the hike will take us to the junction of Coosa Backcountry Trail & Duncan Ridge where we will turn left to Vogel State Park to finish the loop! This is a very strenuous hike - total mountain travel is approximately 3800ft in elevation gain. We will hike together as one group, so you must be physically fit in order to keep up! It will be promised as a moderate pace throughout the hike. You must have absolutely some recent high D4s & above levels for this event. I will most definitely use my discretion in judging your abilities to hike this event. The leader does reserve the right to remove anyone if warranted. Chuck R.

Required Items to Bring:

2-3 Litres water

Trail Snacks


Emergency Rain Gear

Cash for Carpool

Broken-in Hiking Boots

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

Hiking poles

epipen if you are allergic to bees

Change of clothes, socks, shoes for the ride back

A towel for the ride back

Plastic bag to carry shoes after the hike

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA 400 north to Dahlonega, then take US 19 north to where it joins US 129 at Turners Corner. Turn left and continue north on US 19/129 for 11 miles to Vogel State Park.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):133Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $53.20 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.


I will hike in the rain, if conditions are favorable!

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