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Lake Winfield Scott to Blood Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Lake Winfield Scott, GA   Hike: Lake Winfield Scott to Blood Mountain   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Aug 11 2019  8:00 am >> Sun, Aug 11 2019 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Aug 6 2019 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 10 2019 10:00 am
Event Duration:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8 Miles
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and the sixth-tallest mountain in Georgia, with an elevation of 4,458 feet. So join me for catching stunning views from the ATís highest summit in Georgia.

We will start our hike from the Lake Winfield Scott parking lot at 9:30 AM sharp toward Jarrard Gap. From there, we will hike on the Applachian Trail to Blood Mountain, where we take break and have lunch, We then return on the Slaughter Creek trail to Lake Winfield Scott.

Overall, the hike will be around 8 miles with some strenuous climbing at a moderate and steady pace. Approximate elevation gain for this hike is 2,000 ft.

We will stop at all of the major turns/crossroads to keep the group together and take necessary water breaks. We expect approximately 4.5 - 5.hours of hiking.

For those that are meeting at the event we will start our hike at 9:30 AM.

Because of the distance and elevation gain, this is not a beginners hike, but still a good introduction to hiking in the North Georgia mountains. If your AOC history does not show recent D3 or higher experience, then I will contact you to confirm this event is appropriate for your current level.

Please Note: There is $5.00 parking fee

Required Items to Bring:

Water: 2 Liter

Hiking Shoes


Change of Clothes

Rain Jacket or wind breaker just in case

Cash for carpool

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA 400 North to its end (Home Depot, Waffle House) At Traffic Light take the left on US 19 toward Dahlonega Take the US 19 Bypass right at the bottom of the hill coming into Dahlonega.

Continue on US 19 untill you reach GA 60 and take a left (toward Suches ) After about 7 miles you will take right onto GA 180.

Lake Winfield Scott will be in Approxim 5 Miles.

Physical Address: Lake Winfield Scott Road

† † † † † † † † † † † † † †Suches, GA 30572

Pay Parking Fee and park near lake

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 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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Cost Includes:

There is a $5 parking fee at Lake Windfied†

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