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Blood Mt. Sunset/Full Moonrise Extravaganza

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Byron Herbert Reece Trailhead   Hike: Blood Mt. Sunset/Full Moonrise Extravaganza  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Sep 13 2019  4:30 pm >> Fri, Sep 13 2019 10:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 4:30 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Sep 5 2019 3:03 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 13 2019 3:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Memphis Russ
Joyce T.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



The carpool at Mansell's Park & Ride on GA. 400, will leave promptly at 4:30pm.  Please arrive 15 mins. early for introductions & finalizing travel plans.  The hike at Byron Herbert Reece Trailhead will begin at 6:15pm, for those signed up members indicating they will be meeting us at the trailhead. We should be back at the Mansell Park n Ride around 10:30pm.

This hike is NOT for beginners!

There are NO vault toilets at the trailhead.  There is a rough outhouse at the top of Blood Mtn.


There is no parking fee40 parking spaces.

Ok, outdoor lovers looking for a real Sunset/Moonrise Bonanza hike packed with old and new hiking buddies!  Please, listen up!  This StairMaster mountain trail is not for beginners.  We will pace ourselves & take several water breaks during the ascent to the top.  Partly cloudiness will add texture and color brilliance to our already Incredible observation!!!  Friends, this experience will be unforgettable, forevermore!!

The Blood Mountain trail is part of the totally awesome (AT) Appalachian Trail (AT's Tallest Point, in Georgia). You will experience your back-packed magnificent SunSet Dinner - on top of Georgia (6th tallest Mtn. in Georgia). 9 minutes later, we will witness a Breathtaking  Full MoonRise on the EAST side of the mountain. There is a very large boulder atop Blood Mt.’s summit (4459 feet) that we will Perch upon to DINE & GASP. This is the most amazing mountaintop Sunset observation point in Georgia!
Then, with our lightning bugs (LED flashlights) in hand or on head, we’ll return back down the mountain in the shadowy moonlight. Picture lightning bugs winding back and forth, in formation. It is simply unimaginable. Believe me, this is a photographic Nikon evening you don’t want to miss with your fellow AOC hikers! Not to mention, an evening of awe-inspiring scenery, good exercise, and fun as we explore God’s incredible creation.

SunSet: 7:47 p.m. in the West

MoonRise 7:56 p.m. in the East, approximately 100 feet away

(Hike up is 1.5 hours - 2 1/2 miles) (Down 1.5 hours - 2 1/2 miles)




This is a rocky steep trail, so if you lack agility especially in the dark, this may not be for you. The trail starts off easy then begins to climb steeply by use of multiple switchbacks and then traverses through a boulder field.  There is only 1 intersection, with a sign directing us to take a right turn up to the top of the mountain.  Nearing the summit, the trail climbs over open rocky outcrops with jaw-dropping distant views. On the summit, there is an old stone shelter that campers use to overnight in. Keep in mind, the downhill hike back will be in the dark. A flashlight or headlamp (LED type) per person is an absolute must!!! Strong suggestion: wear your over the ankle protection hiking boots!


You will be at 4,458 feet: It will be a Chilly night!  The top of Blood Mtn. is usually, 10-15 degrees colder than Helen, GA., with an added  wind chill factor.  Remember, we are in viewing mode, on top, for appprox. 30

Because of a glitch in the registration process, we've run into the problem of having too many members added to the active list above the maximum limit of 14.  Please be aware that we will be moving members above 14 registrants to the waiting list in the order of their registration times.  People will then be added to the active list as we have withdrawals.

Required Items to Bring:


(For dark, chilly and windy):

MUST have ample water

Lightweight flashlight or headlamp (LED type)

Light jacket

Dinner (We do wraps)

Shoes with good tread

Day sack to carry your stuff (lightweight as possible, loaded).


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


Hiking poles


2nd layer clothing


For the carpoolers: additional shoes & shirt and a towel for the ride home


How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):140Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 4:30 pm
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $56.00 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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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.