AT Section: Unicoi Gap To Dicks Creek Gap - Sat, Sep 18 2021

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AT Section: Unicoi Gap To Dicks Creek Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest   Hike: AT Section: Unicoi Gap To Dicks Creek Gap  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 18 2021  7:00 am >> Sat, Sep 18 2021 7:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Sep 6 2021 7:02 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Sep 15 2021 3:30 pm
Event Duration:12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:16 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:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This AT segment takes us from Unicoi Gap to Dicks Creek Gap. Sixteen miles and around 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

We begin hiking at Unicoi Gap (El. 2,949) and climb Rocky Mountain (El. 4,017) and then down to Indian Grave Gap (El. 3,113) to regroup. Next, we get to enjoy a gradual climb up to Tray Mountain (El. 4,430) where we'll have lunch at the side overlook past the peak.  After lunch, we'll descend and continue our journey north on the AT.

Once we get to the bottom of Tray, we'll cruise along the Swag of the Blue Ridge as commemorated by the sign depicted above and down to Addis Gap (El. 3,304).  The next bump is Kelly Knob (El. 4,276, although the trail does not go over the summit, we may "bag" this peak), the first of two bumps that constitute Double Spring Knob. Once we clear these bumps, it's generally downhill to Dicks Creek Gap (El. 2,675).

This hike involves a shuttle. We'll drop off a vehicle at Dicks Creek Gap on our way to Unicoi.

This is MODERATE pace hike. That doesn't mean fast, but also not slow, but we will need to move at average speed of 2.5 mph to finish the hike in the time scheduled.


1.  Itinerary is subject to change anytime at the discretion of the trip leader(s).

2.  We will take breaks to allow the group to stay together, with MODERATE speed while we are moving. 

3.  The trip leader(s) reserves the right to consider participant's past history and to make the final determination for participation on this hike.

4. Hydration will be important, it may be HOT! There will be a few water sources along the way, if you want to bring a filter. 

5. If not carpooling, arrive at Dick's Creaak 8:45 am, ready to hike. We will leave the Dick's Creek parking lot to head to Unicoi to begin the hike at 9 am. 


NOTE: We have a shuttle on this event. If you sign up you will need to be in a shuttle, drivers have descretion. Due to COVID, carpool drivers may be chosen based on willingness to take others and/or your willingness to show proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test. Honor system may also be used.

Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking boots or trail shoes
Emergency rain gear (even if chance of rain is minimal)
3 to 4 liters of water
Food for lunch and snack

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trekking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Parking at Dicks Creek Gap off GA Hwy 76 (the end of the hike).  For those who are meeting at the event, this is where we'll all group to execute the car shuttle.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.00 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.

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