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Rabun Bald and Flint Knob via Big Ridge - no carpool

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Rabun County - War Woman WMA   Hike: Rabun Bald and Flint Knob via Big Ridge - no carpool  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 17 2021  9:00 am >> Sat, Apr 17 2021 4:30 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Apr 5 2021 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 14 2021 3:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Steve H
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
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

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
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Join me for a challenging and fun adventure as we explore an unconventional route to Rabun Bald. If you love exploring the woods, you will enjoy this hike!

Our hike will begin at a small cemetery near Duck's Nest Gap. We will hike a short distance along a road and then head up to Rabun Bald, hiking along Big Ridge. We will be hiking along an "unmaintained" path so we may encounter fallen logs, dense rhododendron, a few creek crossings and other obstacles. Our GPS skills may be tested used to stay on track. I hiked this trail once a few years ago so I can't say what shape it is in now.

We will follow Big Ridge for approximatley 4 miles, making a short stop at an overlook along the way. We will eventually hit the Bartram Trail just a few hundred yards from Rabun Bald. We’ll enjoy some views when reach the lookout tower on top of Rabun Bald. After a short break for snack, we will hike down the Bartram Trail south toward Flint Gap and take a turn on the Alex Mountain Trail toward Flint Knob where we will enjoy our lunch on a nice vista. 

After lunch, we will return on Alex Mountain Trail to Flint Gap and rejoin the Bartram Trail. Heading back toward Rabun Bald we will rejoin the Big Ridge Trail and head down toward the way we started to our cars at Duck's Nest Gap.

I plan to camp overnight at Sarah's Creek Campground if anyone cares to join me either Friday or Saturday night. Bring your own tent, food, beverages, etc. Accommodations are first come, first served but I plan to get there early Friday to grab a spot and do some exploratory hiking.

On this hike, we will gain 3,300 feet of ascent and hike 12 - 13 miles. Be prepared for possible deadfalls, unmaintained trails, and possibly some off-trail hiking. There may be one or more creek crossings.

There's no carpool, we will probably meet up at the Ingles in Clayton to shuttle over to the trailhead for this hike.


Required Items to Bring:

2-3 liters of water


sturdy shoes/boots

rain gear, in case

a great attitude

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Hiking poles

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