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AT Woody Gap to Gooch Shelter/Cooper Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Woody Gap Trailhead   Backpacking: AT Woody Gap to Gooch Shelter/Cooper Gap  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 7 2022  9:00 am >> Sun, May 8 2022 1:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Apr 29 2022 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 5 2022 11:59 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:17 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joseph Wang
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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: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Join me as I hike the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail!!

Here’s how it'll work:

We will meet at Woody Gap trailhead and follow the Appalachian Trail SOBO to Gooch Mountain Shelter (approx. 5 miles). We will setup camp at Gooch Mountain Shelter, eat lunch, and then complete the remainder of our hike with a lighter load to Cooper Gap (approx. 3.3 miles). Once we reach Cooper Gap, we’ll relax and head back to Gooch Mountain Shelter for the night.

In the morning, we’ll take a 5 mile hike back to our cars.


Here’s more information: trail-cooper-gap-to-woody-gap (Reversed) woody-gap-to-gooch-gap (To Gooch Gap)

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Boots / Shoes


Sleep System (Tent, Tarp, or Hammock). We will be near a shelter, but don't count on there being enough space. 

Sleeping Bag

Sleep Pad

Food and Snacks (1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and snacks)

Water and Filtration / Purification device, Drops, or Tablets

Headlamp/Flashlight and spare batteries

Warm clothing enough for 2 days of travel and a set for the drive home

Rain Gear

Cookware (stove, utensils, cup, bown/plate, fuel)


Bear Canister or Bear Bag to hang or put in the shelter's bear storage


Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Woody Gap Trail Head

GA-60, Dahlonega, GA 30533

N34 40.665 W83 59.976

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):103Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $41.20 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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