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Prep Trek To The Inn & Back via East Trail Ridge (Amicalola) - Backpack Training Hike (18 lbs. Minimum)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Amicalola Falls State Park, near Dawsonville, GA   Hike: Prep Trek To The Inn & Back via East Trail Ridge (Amicalola) - Backpack Training Hike (18 lbs. Minimum)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, May 30 2022  7:00 am >> Mon, May 30 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, May 27 2022 6:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Mon, May 30 2022 6:45 am
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



This Backpack training hike is approximately 12 miles round trip with a few short rest breaks and a longer one at the Hike Inn. Hiking pace can vary depending on group, but expect around a moderate pace. To participate and receive credit for this event, your pack needs to weigh a minimum of 18 lbs. I plan to carry 32-35 lbs. Packs will be weighed at the beginning of the hike and at the Hike Inn.  

Tip: Carry some water to exceed your minimum 18 lb. pack weight. You can always dump some water out later to reduce carry weight, if needed.

We're going to start our hike at the back of the park store/visitor center, and hike up the East Trail Ridge to the AT Approach and then loop over to the Hike Inn. We will return back to our starting point via the Len Foote Trail and East Ridge Trail.

Note: The East Ridge Trail at Amicalola Falls is actually the first mile of a much longer trail, the Southern Terminus Approach Trail to the start of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia on Springer Mountain. The East Ridge Trail climbs to the top of Amicalola Falls, rising an average of 80 feet for each 500 feet of trail.  It is one of a handful of trails considered strenuous simply because of the climb.

We will meet at the Amicalola Park store/visitor center at 7 AM. Please arrive a few minutes early for introductions and to weigh packs.

Trip itinerary is subject to change.



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Required Items to Bring:
  • Good hiking shoes or boots
  • Water and snacks
  • Clothing appropriate for weather conditions
  • Positive Attitude and sense of humor
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking poles
  • Blister kit
  • Bug spray
  • Phone for pictures and emergencies

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the Park & Ride we will go north on Georgia 400 past the outlet Mall to GA 136. Left on 136 till GA 52. Right until the park entrance. Park store/visitor center near the park entrance on the right side. There is a visitor parking lot across the street from the park store/visitor center.  


Will this event occur rain or shine? Maybe

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Cost Includes:

$5.00 State Park Fee unless you have an annual park pass

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