Blood Mountain & Lake Winfield Scott - Sun, Dec 22 2019

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Blood Mountain & Lake Winfield Scott

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Dec 22 2019  7:00 am >> Sun, Dec 22 2019 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Dec 6 2019 6:01 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Dec 18 2019 6:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
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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: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


One of my favored "winter" hikes! Interested in joining me for a hike up and over ever popular Blood Mountain? No tourist route on this version - we'll climb right out of the Byron Herbert Reece parking lot for about 2 miles and gain around 1350 feet - that should get the pump going!

After our "warm up" we'll descend the other side and hike out to Lake Winfield Scott for our lunch break. After the break, we'll head back along Slaughter Creek Trail, then up the "easy side" of Blood Mountain to the top. After a good long last look from the summit, we'll gather the group and head back down to the parking lot.

Blood Mountain stands 4458' above sea level with 1516' feet of clean prominence.  It is the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail.

Mileage Breakdown-

-Byron Herbert Reese Access Trail to Flatrock Gap .7 mi
-Flatrock Gap to Jarrad Gap (on AT) 4.1 mi
-Jarrad Gap trail 1.2 mi
-Lake Winfield Scott trail 1.0 mi
-Slaughter Creek trail 2.7 mi
-Slaughter Creek to Flatrock Gap (on AT): 2.3 mi
-Byron Herbert Reese Access Trail to cars .7 mi

- Total distance: ~12.7 mi
- Total ascent: ~3400 feet.

Required Items to Bring:

THIS IS A LATE FALL HIKE - temperatures at this elevation and exposure can be significantly below the forecasted temperatures, so please come prepared and carry the proper gear!

  • hat and gloves
  • hiking boots and gaitors
  • wind-proof layer (goretex or similar)
  • thick fleece or down jacket to stay warm during breaks
  • enough food to keep your energy level up
  • water (staying well hydrated is key to a pleasant winter hiking experience)
  • cup or mug with soup/tea/chocolate (hot water will be provided)
  • personal first aid - blister treatment
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • trekking poles
  • hand and foot warmers (available at REI)
  • camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Dahlonega, take Hwy 60 north. At Stonepile gap, bear right, staying on 19/129. Proceed 13.6 miles and turn left into the Byron Herbert Reece parking area.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):130Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $52.00 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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