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Standing Indian Day Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 11 miles west of Franklin NC
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 11 2020  7:15 am >> Sat, Jan 11 2020 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Dec 17 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 10 2020 10:00 am
Event Duration:10 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:15 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: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Standing Indian mountain 5,499 ft is the highest point in the Southern Natahala Wilderness. Our hike will begin at the Standing Indian campground at the Lower Ridge Trailhead heading south which will lead us into John Gap. After the break we proceed to the west side of Frog Mountain bypassing the summit and descending into Frank Gap. We will then proceed to the summit of Standing Indian for lunch at the 4.5 mile mark. After lunch we will jump on The Appalachian Trail and head northwest and hike about 1mile passing the Standing Indian Shelter heading to Deep Gap and Kimsey Creek Junction. We will then take the Kimsey Creek Trail and head north for about 4 miles where we will be following the creek for most of the way. This trail will present many creek crossings and small water falls that will lead us back to the Standing Indian Campgrounds. The first 4 miles to the summit will be quite laborious with very few switchbacks! You will get a large sum of your 2500 ft elevation gain just in the first 4 miles.You must have completed several D5s and above hikes and be physically fit to complete this hike. I will use my discretion and judging your ability to hike this event. The leader does reserve the right to remove anyone if warranted. We will stop on the way up at the Ingles in Clayton Georgia for bathrooms. Let nature be the sounds 🙏

Required Items to Bring:

Good Hiking boots/shoes

3 liters of Water

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the Indian Trail park & ride, take I-85 North. After 11 miles bear left to take I-985 North. This road will change to GA 365, US 441, and US 23. Stay on it for 75 miles,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 Old Murphy road and turn left, and follow it for 2 miles until Standing Indian campground. Follow Standing Indian campground for 2 miles until the Standing Indian campground entrance and keep right into the campground. The first road that branches off to the left is the parking area. Travel time: 1.5 hours to Clayton + 45 minutes to the trailhead at the Backcountry Information Center.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):248Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $99.20 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.


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