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Albert Mountain from Rock Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Franklin, NC   Hike: Albert Mountain from Rock Gap  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 16 2020  7:00 am >> Sun, Feb 16 2020 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 30 2020 7:01 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 14 2020 4:09 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mark P
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Join me on this fun hike to the summit of Albert Mountain (5200').  Albert mountain is one of the southern most 5000 foot peaks in the eastern US and is easily acceable via the Applachian Trail.  We will begin our hike at tha Rock Gap trailhead and hike sout for approximately 6 miles to reach the summit and looktout tower atop Albert.  Elevation gain will be approximately 1500'.  After a break for lunch, we will return down the same trail.

The pace will be moderate with breaks as conditions allow.  In case of inclement weather (rain/snow) I will cancel/postpone the event.  

I'll be bringing my 2 dogs.  So, only one other dog will be allowed on the hike.

In case of inclement weather, I will cancel the hike.

Required Items to Bring:

Water - 2 liters


warm layers

hat, gloves

rain gear in case

Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Sugarloaf Mills Park and Ride, go north on I-85

Merge in to left lanes and continue on I-985

I-985 will turn into US-23 N/US-441 N/GA-15; remain on this road to Franklin, NC

As you come towards Franklin, NC, go West on US 64

From Franklin, take US 64W for about 12 miles, turn left on S.R.1448 (West Old Murphy Road, old US 64). There will be a brown sign before you get to the intersection that indicates the left turn to Wallace Gap/Standing Indian Campground.

Continue on S.R. 1448 to Wallace Gap (about 1.9 miles) and turn right, following the sign to Standing Indian Campground.

You will see a paved parking area on the left. This is Rock Gap. 

We will meet in the parking area at rock Gap.

(If you get the the Standing Indian Campground or Backcountry Information Center, you have gone too far).

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):234Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $93.60 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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