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Chunky Gal Trail Part 1

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Nantahala National Forest   Hike: Chunky Gal Trail Part 1  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 9 2020  7:30 am >> Sun, Feb 9 2020 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 3 2020 7:18 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 7 2020 7:58 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12.5 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: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Chunky Gal Mountain was named after a chubby Indian maid who fell in love with a young man from another tribe. Her parents atempted to snuff out the romance, but she persisted and abandoned her family, traveling across the mountain to be with the one she loved.

We'll be hiking the Chunky Gal Trail from Glade Gap up and over Chunky Gal Mountain to its intersection with the AT, then follow the AT south 1 mile to Muskrat Creek shelter and a nearby overlook.

From Glade Gap, elevation 3679', the trail climbs up and over Chunky Gal Mountain to a highpoint near 4800' while passing through areas of old growth forest.  At mile 5.1, the trail ends at Big Laurel on the AT.  We'll take a right turn on the AT and head south 1 mile to Muskrat Creek Shelter.  From there, we'll take a short side trail to an overlook where we'll have a short lunch break.  After the break, we'll return the same way.

I will have my dogs on this hike, so only one more dog will be allowed on this hike.

In case of poor weather conditions, I'll postpone the event.

Required Items to Bring:

Boots/trail shoes

water 2 liters



Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles



How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Go north on I 85 taking exit for I 985 north.  Continue on this road all the way to Franklin, NC.  In Franklin, take left for US 64 West.  Stay on US 64 for 17.7 miles to Glade Gap.  Parking will be an unmarked pulloff on right.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):230Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $92.00 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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