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Woody Gap to Gooch Mountain Shelter along the AT

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Woody Gap, 15 miles north of Dahlonega, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 9 2022  9:30 am >> Sat, Apr 9 2022 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Apr 5 2022 12:02 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 8 2022 10:31 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10.2 Miles
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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: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Let's hike from Woody Gap to Ramrock Mountain, Gooch Gap and on to the Gooch Mountain AT shelter. The hike distance is 10.2 miles round trip with total elevation gain of 1857 feet. The mountain views on this route are stunning, we even have spectacular views from the parking lot! This will be a moderately paced hike, 2.0 to 2.5 mph moving speed, with stops to enjoy the views.

Let’s discuss parking😊

The trek begins at the Woody Gap parking lot, which is THE most popular parking area on the Georgia AT, it will be crowded. Again, the views from the parking lot are beautiful, so please come a few minutes early to find a parking spot, snap a photo or two, and use the restroom.

If Gooch Mountain shelter is not crowded, we’ll stop there for lunch. Otherwise, we’ll find a spot on trail with a nice view to consume our calories.

Optional: Bring a snack to share with thru-hikers we may pass on trail. Good examples are candy bars, fruit, small bags of chips and powdered electrolytes.

Required Items to Bring:


Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles
change of shoes/clothes if carpooling 

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on GA 400 from the park and ride. When GA 400 ends at the Chevron station make a left onto US-19/GA60 until you reach Dahlonega. From Dahlonega, take GA 60 north for 15 miles until you reach the parking lot on the top of the mountain at Woody Gap. 

or Google 'woody gap'  parking is on the right and left side of the highway (sometimes on the side of the highway depending on space availability)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):125Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $50.00 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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