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Arkaquah Trail to Brasstown Bald Summit

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Arkaquah Trail, Young Harris GA
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Aug 30 2022  9:00 am >> Tue, Aug 30 2022 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Aug 24 2022 2:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Aug 29 2022 9:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
Gary 'L'
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



This is a challenging hike. Any members who sign up without recent D5 experience in the club (at an average pace of 2.7 + mph in mountainous terrian) should expect an e mail from the Trip Leaders to determine their level of suitability for the hike. Trip Leaders are commited to keeping the group together during the hike. 

Join us in our quest for some lovely views. We will begin our hike at the Arkaquah Trailhead and immediately start a somewhat brutal two mile ascent with 2200ft of gain. Once we have accomplished this feat, we will enjoy a more rolling trail over several mountains until we reach our summit destination.

From the trail we will arrive at the parking area of Brasstown Bald which has a shop, picnic tables and restrooms. From the lot we will walk up the 0.6 paved path to the summit of Brasstown Bald at 4784ft. From the observation deck we can see GA,TN,NC and SC if we get a clear day. Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia so fingers crossed for excellent 360 degree views.

We will stop for a lunch break at the summit, probably on the picnic tables. It would be nice to eat at the top but it can be a tad windy. Brasstown Bald summit boasts its own microclimate but we are confident we will find the perfect spot. 

We then retrace our steps back to the cars. 

We may finish early, but have allowed some extra time for photos and viewing.

Please note that parking is limited at the trailhead. If you decide to carpool we appreciate your consideration of offering to be a driver. 

Required Items to Bring:

Appropriate layers and shoes.  We will advise on the weather the day before the hike.

Plenty of water



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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):152Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.80 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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