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Winter backpacking Siler Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Winding Stair Gap
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 20 2021  10:00 am >> Sun, Feb 21 2021 1:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Feb 12 2021 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Feb 18 2021 10:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bob Bunner
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Siler Bald located just off the Appalachian Trail near Franklin, NC, offers excellent 360-degree panoramas from its domed, grassy summit.

We’ll meet at Winding Stair Gap Parking lot and start our trip at 10:00 heading northbound on the AT. We'll pass through Swinging Lick Gap, Panther Gap, and Snowbird Gap before reaching our campsite near the summit about 5 miles .

After setting up camp we’ll do our chores, gathering wood and preparing water. Then we’ll do optional short hike around and back to campsite to make fire and enjoy sunset on top of the Siler Bald.

Sunday morning we will do optional short hike on the AT or enjoy views on Siler Bald then pack up camp around 10.00 and start our hike back down to Winding Stair Gap.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or contact me before the event.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Tent
  • Low temps Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Bring lunch and dinner for Saturday and breakfast for Sunday.
  • Trail snacks
  • 2 liters of water
  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking Poles
Recommended Items to Bring:
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 Warm hat and gloves

Warm clothing

Cooking stove and utensils

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 intersate will become US 23. Continue on US 23 through Clayton GA and into North Carolina. At Franklin NC take exit to US 64 West. Continue eight miles until Winding Stairs Gap parking lot.

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