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Hiking - Lake Winfield Scott Blood Mtn loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Suches Georgia
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Nov 20 2009  10:30 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Nov 8 2009 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Nov 19 2009 9:00 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Larry Cooper
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


From lake Winfied Scott we will hike up the Jarrad Gap Trail (1.2 miles)then go left on the AT (2.2miles), to right on the Freeman Trail, then up Blood Mtn on the AT (1 mile, lunch at the summit, then down on the AT to slaughter Gap(1.7 miles), and take the slaughter Gap trail (2.7 miles) back to the start. Total of about 10 miles.

If it is a clear day we should have some great 360 degree views at our lunch spot on Blood Mountain. About half of this hike will be along the Appalachian Trail.

This is a D4 rather than a D5 hike because we will go at a moderate pace (1.5 - 2 mph up and 2.5 - 3.5 mph down, ave 2+ mph) you should be in fairly good shape to do this hike as the elevation gain is well over 1000 ft. If you are new to hiking in the mountains you may want to e-mail (not call) the hike leader to make sure this is the right hike for you.

Required Items to Bring:
Hiking Shoes or boots
2 liters of water
Appropriate Clothing -I suggest layering as weather conditions can vary a good bit this time of year.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Bug spray
Gatorade or similar drink
Snacks for trail
Poncho – even if it is a clear day. Storms can pop-up quickly in the mountains.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:1. North on GA 400
2.When 400 ends Turn left at traffic light onto US 19
3. In Dahlonega take US 19 bypass
4. Continue on US 19 until you reach GA 60 and take left.
5.On GA 60 you will climb for about 7 miles.
6.In Suches take right onto GA 180.
7.Proceed north until you reach Lake Winfield Scott Park on left (approx 5 miles north of Suches)
8. Pay parking fee near entrance. Use parking lot near lake.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):135Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $54.00 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.


Will this event occur rain or shine? We will cancel the hike if it looks like there will be medium to heavy rains. I’ll e-mail everyone the day before the hike about the current status.

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

Cost Includes:parking fee per car paid at the park

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