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Bear Hair, DRT to Blood Mountain - leisurely

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 7 2020  9:00 am >> Sat, Mar 7 2020 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Feb 26 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 6 2020 8:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ralph Howard
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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: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We will be hiking the Bear Hair Gap Trail (counter clockwise) and then continue on the BHGT until we connect with the Coosa Backcountry Trail, then we have a short steep gain to the Duncan Ridge Trail up to the AT to Blood Mountain, then retrace our steps back to Coosa and finish at Vogel State Park.

The BHGT has some water crossing, rock hopping usually works, but I would suggest waterproof boots.

Total distance 9 miles with an elevation gain of 2410 feet.  This is a leisurely paced hike, if you want to go faster, then this hike is not for you.  Pace is around 2mph.

This is the high end of a D4, nearly a D5; so if you've not got strong D4 experience or D5, please send the trip leaders your most recent hike (distance, duration, elevation gain); if we don't hear from you, we will move you to the waitlist.

Required Items to Bring:

good hiking shoes


lunch and/or snacks


Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Vogel State Park, Blairsville, Ga 30512

If you are meeting at the event, please be there about 8:45 am.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):140Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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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.


There is a $5.00 State Park fee per vehicle that can be bought at the park visitor's office.

Please arrive a few minutes early. We will leave the carpool at 7:30 am.

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

Cost Includes:

$5.00 per vehicle for parking if you don't have a yearly State Parks Pass.

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