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Gahuti Trail @ Fort Mountain State Park
|Event Location:||Fort Mountain State Park|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Jul 31 2021 9:00 am >> Sat, Jul 31 2021 3:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Jul 19 2021 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Wed, Jul 28 2021 3:30 pm|
|Event Duration:||6 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Steve H|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||12|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||12 / 12 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
This will be a fun and challenging D4 hike, with some history thrown in. Moderate to Strenuous 10-ish miles at a moderate pace, with breaks. We will be going a bit longer because we will add a side trail to explore the overlook and waterfalls along the way. Elevation gain with side trails will be around 2,000 feet.
Mystery of Fort Mountain (borrowed from the state park brochure)
High atop Fort Mountain are the rocky ruins of an ancient “stone wall” with prehistoric origin steeped in legend. Generations of archaeologists and historians have unsuccessfully sought to unravel the riddle of this wall, one of several stone assemblages scattered throughout the Southeast. More than 150 years after its discovery, answers still evade us as to who built the wall, when and for what purpose.
The pace will be moderate (~2.5 mph) and this will be a solid D4 hike, and not a beginner's event. Previous D4 experience or proven fitness at this level required to participate, or the trip leader may put you on the waiting list until approved for safety and group comfort.
Hike finishes around 3PM, back to carpool by 5pm-ish.
Dogs: I will bring my dog, Zeus, in training mode. Please contact me if you want to bring your dog.
There may be bathrooms near the trailhead at the park office/entrance.
Bring your rain gear. This is summer in Georgia, there's always a moderate rain risk. Be prepared. Only strong storms will cancel the event. We can't guarantee views, but we will have fun and adventure.
Also, since again it is summer in the Georgia backcountry, be prepared for overgrown trails, ticks, snakes, hornets, etc. Long pant, shirt sleeves may be needed.
Thanks to Ann Howard for the trail description and being a cool person, in general.
|How to Get There:|
ENTRANCE Parking Lot, Fort Mountain State Park Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705
At this time we will pick up the trail at the PARK ENTRANCE.
Parking fee $5.00 or state park pass.
If you are meeting us there, please meet at the park entrance office at 8:45AM.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||152Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||8:00 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
|Carpool Directions:||Log in for directions|
|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.80 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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