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Up Amicalola Stairs and On To Hickory Flatts

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Amicalola State Park   Hike: Up Amicalola Stairs and On To Hickory Flatts   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Nov 4 2022  10:00 am >> Fri, Nov 4 2022 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Nov 2 2022 10:17 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 4 2022 10:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



 Our total elevation gain for the hike will clear the 1500 feet needed for a D4.

This hike includes a 700 foot climb of the stairs which places this section in the company of the most strenuous hills of the Appalachian Trail in the South (Cheah, Wesser, Albert, Kelly). 

Is it worth it?  The USA Today newspaper ranks these falls as amongst the 3 tallest falls east of the Mississippi and we get to enjoy hiking on the stairs over them for almost a mile.  What better way to efficiently achieve a D4 level workout?

After the stairs we proceed further up Amicalola Mountain to High Shoals Road where it is a short walk to the west to the Hickory Flatts Pavillion for lunch.

When you arrive at the Park, you will see something missing.  The former Visitor Center is gone and a brand new larger and better one is a construction project at present.  We will meet there at the temporary visitor center trailer.

After huddling, we will proceed through the arch marking the gateway to the Appalachian Trail and take the trail to the stairs.

If you do not have recent D4 or D3 experiance, the trip leader will need to be written with an explanation for why you qualify.

There is a $5.00 State Park Fee per car unless you have an annual park pass.

Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking shoes or boots
Electrolytes and snacks 
Hiking gear appropriate for the trail and weather conditions

$ for carpool and state park fee

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Change of clothes and towel

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.

We will meet at the visitor's center parking lot.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):96Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $38.40 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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