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Wayah Bald and Siler Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Wayah Gap, NC
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 28 2021  9:30 am >> Sat, Aug 28 2021 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 23 2021 7:15 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 27 2021 7:19 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

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.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Join me on the AOC classic to see the beautiful views at Wayah Bald and Siler Bald on the NC AT.

We start by parking at the Wayah Gap Picnic area. We will head north on the AT for a 2.7 mile, 1000 foot ascent that will take us near the top of Wine Spring Bald. Don't expect any big views here, the good stuff comes a little later. We continue on the AT with some small ups and downs for about 1.5 miles until we get to the Wayah Bald fire tower. The views here are outstanding. We may stop here for an early lunch, or if the crowds are too big we will enjoy a quick snack. After the fire tower we will retrace our steps, past our cars and on to the summit of Siler Bald. Siler Bald is a very large, grassy bald with more great views. We will take a different trail with a 1.5 mile descent back to our cars to complete our adventure.

This is a mid-level D5 hike, recent D5 experience is required to join the fun. We will be keeping a pace averaging near 3 mph, which makes this almost a FAST pace.

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How to Get There:
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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):250Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $100.00 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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