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Blue Mountain: Georgia AT 4000 footer (part of a planned 25 hike series)
|Event Location:||Blue Mountain Shelter|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Feb 15 2020 7:00 am >> Sat, Feb 15 2020 5:30 pm (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Feb 12 2020 7:17 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Feb 14 2020 7:17 pm|
|Event Duration:||10 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D6: Advanced|
|Trip Leader(s):||Gary E|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||3|
|Number Registered So Far:||0 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
This Hike (Unicoi Gap to Low Gap and featuring Blue Mountain)
Recent strong D5 or D6 experience is a requiired must for this group to stay together and finish on time.
2.8 mph pace to meet our target timeframe for this "in and out" 7 hour hike
1.4 mile 1076 foot ascent of Blue Mountain to begin hike
3600 foot total climb for the hike and 7% average grade
3.5 miles pass over several rock slides and through rocky areas to begin and finish hike
fine views from Blue Mountain shelter at 4025 feet elevation
Blue is one of the five Georgia AT 4000 footers (you probably know Blood and Tray already)
pass through 5 gaps with 3500 foot elevation for an 8 mile ridgewalk of the bowl that forms the start of the Chattahoochee River
turnaround at Low Gap Shelter which is our low elevation point at 3050 feet
Town with 3 hiker hostels at $20-25 per person could make sense for those doing the Rabun Bald or Albert Mountain hikes the following day. The hostels have private rooms and bunk rooms all at the same price per bed. Private rooms hold 2-4 people. I will send the hostel websites in a private group email to those registered for the event by Thursday at 7pm. The town has brew pubs and restaurants.
I plan to do the hostel stay on Saturday evening and encourage everyone to join after a long hike. I will be at the park and ride carpool on Saturday morning to get us organized.
|How to Get There:|
Here is a link to Google Maps that will take you to the trailhead at Unicoi Gap:
Plan to be ready to meet at 8:45am at the trail crossing.
The trailhead has ample parking but no privy or services.
The shelter at the top of the mountain has a compost privy 1.4 miles into our hike.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||147Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||7:00 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $58.80 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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