Siler Bald, North Carolina -- Snow Hike - Sun, Feb 9 2020

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Siler Bald, North Carolina -- Snow Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Winding Stair Gap - 8 mi West of Franklin NC on US 64   Hike: Siler Bald, North Carolina -- Snow Hike  National Weather Service Forecast
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
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Todd M
Grant Brown
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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: 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.

Hike info

Required Items to Bring:

Clothing appropriate for weather - hat, gloves, mittens. dress in layers
2 liters water
lunch and trail snacks
Hiking boots or trail running shoes with excellent grips

Clean shoes and bag for muddy boots, in the car

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles

Snow cleats/microspikes



How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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

This trip will only be canceled if severe weather is predicted.

Late cancellations, particularly within 36 hours of the event make it difficult for those on the waitlist to attend. Please be courteous to your fellow AOC members and cancel with as much notice as possible.