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Siler Bald, North Carolina -- Snow Hike
|Event Location:||Winding Stair Gap - 8 mi West of Franklin NC on US 64|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Feb 9 2020 8:30 am >> Sun, Feb 9 2020 6:30 pm (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Feb 6 2020 8:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Feb 8 2020 8:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||10 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Todd M|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||12|
|Minimum Group Size:||3|
|Number Registered So Far:||9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
It looks like possible snow in the mountains this weekend!
There are many scenic vistas on the Appalachian Trail within a couple of hours driving time of Atlanta, but perhaps none more so than Siler Bald. With a summit of 5,216 feet, it offers a sweeping 360-degree view of the surrounding valleys. And while there is almost 2000feet in elevation gain, most of it is fairly gradual over four miles. The total distance hiked will be under 9 miles.
Hiking poles are highly recommended to help navigate possible icy patches. Also, expect the conditions on the hike to be much colder and windier than in Atlanta. If we are lucky, there will be snow. We will have a leisurely lunch at, or near the summit.
Although the total driving distance is close to 240 miles round trip, all of it is over major highways. So driving time should be no more than 2-2 ½ hours each way.
This is an intermediate hike but beginners are welcome, subject to trip leader's final approval after signing up for the event.
If you have any questions, please e-mail or contact the Event Coordinator - Todd Muller - before the event.
|How to Get There:|
North on I-85. Take I-985 near Mall of Georgia. Continue on I-985. After 26 miles this interstate will become US 23. Continue on US 23 through Clayton GA and into North Carolina. At Franklin, NC take the exit to US 64 West. Continue eight miles until Winding Stairs Gap parking lot.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||235Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||8:30 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
|Carpool Directions:||Log in for directions|
|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $94.00 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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This trip will only be canceled if severe weather is predicted.
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