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Tray Mountain with a Bonus + Fall Colors

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Appalachain Trail - Near Helen
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Oct 22 2021  8:30 am >> Fri, Oct 22 2021 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Oct 18 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 21 2021 8:00 am
Event Duration:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:13.5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



Join us for a pleasant day of hiking on the AT.  This hike starts at Unicoi Gap just north of Helen, GA. We will be hiking on the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Tray Mountain. Along with Blood Mountain, it is the most panoramic view on the Georgia AT. Here you will have 360-degree view of the surrounding area. This is an excellent training hike for those preparing for longer and more extensive hiking, backpacking, climbing trips, or simply wanting to take a scenic hike in the mountains! 

For the bonus portion, we will continue pass the summit of Tray and descend to Wolfpen Gap before returning the same way.  We will stop for lunch at the overlook while enjoying the fall colors!

This is on the harder side of a D5, so previous experience hiking in mountain conditions is required. For those that have hiked a trail similar to Blood Mountain with one summit over 1000 feet, this one has three. So you should have been able to complete a less strenuous hike fairly comfortably. 

Note: The Trip Leader reserves the right to remove anyone from the list that she or he feels cannot handle this trip.

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


Required Items to Bring:

3 liters or more of water
Trail food/lunch for the top of Trey Mountain
Hiking boots or shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles
Emergency rain gear

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Head North on I-85 to I-985 past Gainesville for aprox. 47 miles.  Turn left onto GA-384N/Duncan Bridge Rd SW and continue until the road ends at GA-75. Turn right on GA-75N for 12.4 miles passing through Helen GA. The parking area near the trailhead is on the right-hand side. 

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):146Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $58.40 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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