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2021-06-19 Brasstown Bald from Arkaquah Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Brasstown Bald Recreation Area from Arkaquah Trail
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 19 2021  8:00 am >> Sat, Jun 19 2021 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jun 16 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 18 2021 7:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is an out and back trekking to Brasstown Bald, the highest summit in Georgia standing at 4,784 feet. On a clear day we’ll have panoramic breathtaking views from four surrounding states.

We’ll meet and start from the Arkaquah Trailhead. We’ll follow Arkakquah Trail for 5.5 miles to Brasstown Bald Recreation Area. The first 1.8 miles is very intense climbing for 1,500+ feet to reach its ridge level, and then the trail becomes a more gradual and rolling path.

The last section is a paved 0.6 miles Brasstown Bald Trail leading to its summit and surrounding facilities. After trekking 6.1 miles we’ll take our lunch break at the summit, and enjoy everything it has to offer. After break, we’ll retrace the same route for another 6.1 miles to get back to our cars.

The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. Please arrive 10 minutes before our starting time. Our duration time is an educated estimate, so we need to have some flexibility.

Please only register if you are comfortable going long distance at a pace of 2.5+ mph in the remote mountains environment, and have recent D5 experience.

If your recent experience is not from the club, please include it in a note when you register, or email TL; otherwise you will be moved to the waiting list for the safety of everyone. We encourage our members to actively participate with joyful experience, and most importantly to stay healthy and safe at the end of our event.

Required Items to Bring:


Proof of covid-19 vaccine shot, if you carpool.

If you're in other member’s car, bring change clothing, an extra pair of Clean shoes, bag for changed shoes, towel to sit on. Only enter with clean shoes. Remove all trash and your belongings.

Cash for carpool driver.

Good trail running/hiking shoes.

Lunch/snacks, Water/Sports drinks

Mask when we're indoors

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles



How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Use Google Map address:

Arkaquah Trailhead, Arkaquah Trail, Young Harris, GA 30582

There are multiple ways to get there; following is easier to drive.

Take GA-400 N to its end; turn left onto US-19 N for 5.1 miles.

Turn right onto US-19 N for about 23 miles - past Vogel State Park.

Continue US-129 N/ US-19 N for 7.4 miles.

Turn right onto Town Creek School Rd. for 1 mile.

Turn left onto Trackrock Gap Rd. for 3.8 miles to reach its parking lot.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):136Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $54.40 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.


1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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