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AT Segment: Sassafras Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Suches, GA   Hike: AT Segment:  Sassafras Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Feb 21 2022  9:00 am >> Mon, Feb 21 2022 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Feb 17 2022 1:50 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Feb 20 2022 5:50 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary 'L'
Leigh B
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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: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Imagine you are a thru hiker trekking from Springer.  This is the first major mountain you reach with your backpack and you cannont believe how far you have to go to build trail legs and cardio.  But the reward is the first major view from the AT.  Guess what:  Springer is not much of a view so the treat awaits on Sassafras.  Come join us and encourage the thru hikers as the season has begun!

For the Sassafras hike, we will climb 1347 feet  during the 5.7 mile first half and then turnaround at Justus Creek and climb 1637 feet during the 5.7 mile second half.  With total climbing of 2984 feet and hiking 11.4 miles, these measures make this a D5 trek, hikes which are characterized as difficult, a challenging climb, and a faster pace.

As a D5, we will require recent Difficult experience for your enjoyment as well as the crew's pleasure of hiking together at a faster pace.  The crew will be supported by one Team Leader taking point and the other taking sweeper in alternation.

D5 experience is required along with the ability to maintain a Pace in the Fast End of Moderate.  If these qualifiations are not evident in your profile, we will contact you to request additional background on your qualification.  We do this to be sure we have a group hike meeting the group's expectations.

While this hike may be characterized as a ridgewalk, we will climb two mountains, Sassafras Mountain and Justus Mountain.  Be sure to bring your lunch for a quick mountaintop picnic.  The trail will pass a large old growth oak, take a nearly unrelenting climb of Sassafras, and will pass several towering rock outcrops as it winds through sharp switchbacks.



Required Items to Bring:

2-3 liters of water

layered synthetic clothing 

rain jacket for wind and because you never know about mountain weather

lunch and trail snacks

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

treking poles for a little help up and down mountains and over streams


compact umbrella

hat and gloves

shoes that already have miles on them

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

If you are not taking the car pool option, please meet us at the trail access at 9 am.

There is no privy nor water at the trail access so we suggest a stop in Dahlonega at the McDonald's (or the convenience store across the street from the McDonald's may have larger restrooms and save you time)

Following the GPS directions will lead you past parking and trail

access at Cooper Gap and Horse Gap.  We are going to the 3rd

access which is Hightower Gap and will park there.

Here is a link to Google Maps that will take you to Hightower Gap:

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):103Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:15 am
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
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.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:

There is no cost for parking at the park and ride nor at the trailhead.

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