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Coosa Backcountry Loop - Winter hiking

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Vogel State Park   Hike: Coosa Backcountry Loop - Winter hiking  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 26 2020  7:00 am >> Sun, Jan 26 2020 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 15 2020 9:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jan 22 2020 11:00 am
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Steve H
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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: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes




Join us for a 13 mile counter clockwise hike on the beautiful Coosa Backcountry Trail. We will start our hiking quest at Vogel State Park. Lots of hills, trees and views! 

This is a strenuous hike and only for advanced hikers with recent D4 or D5 experience hiking in the mountains. This hike will be rewarding and should prove to be an adventurous day on the trail for those who are up to the challenge and would like to join us. 



1.  Itinerary is subject to change anytime at the discretion of the trip leader(s).

2.  We will take breaks to allow the group to stay together, with MODERATE speed while we are moving. 

3.  Due to the difficulty, the trip leader(s) reserves the right to consider participant's past history and to make the final determination for participation on this hike.

4. Hydration will be important! 

5. We will not have dogs on this hike.

6. One of our goals will be to reach the actual summit of both Coosa Bald and Slaughter Mountain. In order to reach to summit of Slaughter, we will need to do some light bushwhacking so be prepared with sturdy shoes. Your pants may get torn or damaged. If you don't wish to do this, you can stay on the Coosa backcountry trail and continue on toward Slaughter Gap.

7. Winter hiking in Georgia Mountains, we may see 20 degrees and stiff wind with some snow and/or ice on the trail or it may be 60 degrees, so be prepared by drssing in layers. We will stop to remove or add layers as we warm up or conditions change. 

Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking shoes/boots

Warm hiking clothes, based on expected winter weather conditions. We will take periodic breaks and lunch break and you will need a warm jacket, gloves and hat to retain your body heat.  

2-3 L of water - you will want to stay hydrated!


Snacks/small lunch

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

Yacktrax or Microspikes for icy trail conditions

Great attitude

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA 400/US 19 north to Dahlonega.  We will make a pit stop in Dahlonega at the McDonald's there.  It will be on your left on US 19.  Then take US 19 north to where it joins US 129 at Turners Corner. Continue north on US 19/129 for 11 miles to Vogel State Park.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):125Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $50.00 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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:

Parking Fee, $5. Pay at the park.

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

This is a rain or shine event, but may be cancelled due to threat of widespread thunderstorms or icy conditions.