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Osage Overlook to Whiterock Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Highlands, NC   Hike: Osage Overlook to Whiterock Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Jan 10 2023  9:00 am >> Tue, Jan 10 2023 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 4 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Jan 9 2023 6:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:16 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tim W
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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: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This hike follows the Bartram trail and includes ascents up Scaly Mtn and Whiterock Mtn skirting Jones Knob along the way.  This is a challenging but rewarding hike with lots of climbing and great views.

We will start from the Osage Overlook parking area just west of Highlands and head up the Bartram Trail to the summit of Scaly Mtn to enjoy the view.  After a long descent down Scaly we head back up Jones Knob to stop at a westward facing overlook.  Staying on top of the ridge line we'll reach Whiterock Mtn for lunch with a wonderful vista.  After lunch we retrace our route back to the trailhead with another long climp up the north side of Scaly Mtn.

This is a difficult D6 level hike with a couple of long 1200+ ft climbs.  Total distance comes to about 16 miles with 4500 ft of climbing. I'll try to keep the overall average pace around 2.5 mph with easier sections nearing 3.0 mph.  Hikers without recent D6 experience will get an email to assess your compatibility.

Note, this is Tim's last AOC trip leader training hike.

Required Items to Bring:

water and/or electrolyte drinks

lunch and plenty of snacks to stay fueled

sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes or boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles

rain gear



How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Osage Overlook parking is just off Dillard Rd on the right as you're heading away from Dillard.

Directions to the trailhead

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):225Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $90.00 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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