Benton MacKaye Trail- Little Skeenah Creek to Wilscott Gap - Sun, Oct 23 2022

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Benton MacKaye Trail- Little Skeenah Creek to Wilscott Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 15 Miles North of Suches, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 23 2022  6:45 am >> Sun, Oct 23 2022 4:45 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Oct 16 2022 1:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Oct 23 2022 6:00 am
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary Hubert
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This 12 mile section of the Benton MacKaye trail crosses 3 mountains with elevations over 3,000 feet including Wallalah Mountain, Licklog Mountain, and Rhodes Mountain.  There are several sections with long ascents and descents. The total elevation gain for the hike will be around 3,000 feet.   Views are found at the top of Wallalah and Rhodes Mountain.   The fall folliage should be around peak at the time of this hike. This trip will require a short shuttle of approximately 5 miles on paved GA HWY 60 to allow us to do a section hike. We will have lunch at the top of Rhodes Mountain with a view to the west.  Be prepared to summit a total of 5 mountains with elevation gains up to the final 2 miles of the hike!  Pace will be moderate at about 2.5 mph.


Using google maps, the GPS coordinates should be approximately 34.766411, -84.163531.


If you plan to meet at the event, please be at the trailhead at 8:30AM!


Required Items to Bring:

2 liters or more of water
Trail food/lunch
Hiking boots or shoes

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

You may wish to bring
Hiking Poles- for balance
Change of shoes and shirt for drive back

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 approximately 20 miles until you reach the intersection of HWY 180 in Suches.  Continue North on GA 60 for 14.8 more miles to the Benton MacKaye Trailhead.  The parking lot is on the right side of the road.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):150Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.00 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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