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2021-11-20 NC-AT Siler Bald & Wayah Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: NC-AT from Wayah Gap
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 20 2021  9:00 am >> Sat, Nov 20 2021 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Nov 15 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 19 2021 7:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 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:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We’ll go trekking on the NC Appalachian Trail (AT) between the very scenic Siler Bald and the Wayah Bald. The high altitude beautiful NC mountain vista makes the longer driving worthwhile for our visit.

We’ll meet and start from the Wayah Gap parking area at ~4,200 feet. This is a very small parking area just off the side of Wayah Road/ NC-1310. When we come from Franklin NC, it is on the left side of the road.

Do NOT drive to the Wayah Bald Parking Area where the Wayah Bald Observation Tower is located.

We’ll take the AT South Bound (SOBO) first to the Siler Bald standing at 5,216 feet. We’ll take a break at this massive grassy bald with panoramic wide open mountain views. After the break we’ll take the AT NOBO back to our cars where we’ll complete the first 4 miles of the day.

We’ll then cross the road and take the AT NOBO climbing up the hill of Wine Spring Bald. We’ll continue along the ridge to Wayah Bald standing at 5,342 feet. We’ll take a longer break at the Wayah Bald Observation Tower to fully enjoy its beautiful surroundings and the amazing mountain views. After the break we’ll follow the AT SOBO to get back to our cars.

The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. If you’re going to meet at the event, please arrive 10 minutes before our starting time. Our duration time is an educated estimate, so we need to have some flexibility.

<<< Important Notes >>>

Please only register if you are comfortable going long distance at a pace averaging 2.5 mph in the remote mountains environment, and have solid D5 experience. A good reference is you can comfortably finish Kennesaw 10 in less than 4 hours.

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:

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

If you carpool, some carpool drivers require proof of vaccination and mask.

Cash for carpool driver

Layers of clothing suitable for the season

Good trail running/ hiking shoes

Water/ sports drinks

Nutrition/ snacks/ lunch

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles


Rain gear just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Wayah Gap, North Carolina 28734

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):244Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $97.60 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 and 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.