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Dick’s Knob and Little Bald Knob

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Southern Nantahala Wilderness   Hike: Dick’s Knob and Little Bald Knob  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 14 2023  6:30 am >> Sat, Jan 14 2023 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jan 10 2023 5:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 13 2023 5:00 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:10 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Join me in hiking to the summit of Georgia's third highest peak.  Dick's Knob at 4600', and as a bonus, we'll make a short side excursion to summit Little Bald Mountain 5040' just across the state line in North Carolina.

We will start at the trail parking at the Tate Branch Campcround in northeast Georgia.  Beginning by following a rough unmaintained trail that that goes northeast ascending Tate Branch Creek.  As this trail runs out, we will continue off trail climbing very steeply to the ridgline at Steeltrap Gap.  From here, we will turn to the north and follow a rough path along the ridgeline to the summit of Dick's Knob.  After a round of high fives, we'll continue along the ridgeline for about another 3/4 mile and 500 feet of elevation gain to the summit of Little Bald Mountain.  We will take a lunch break here before returning to the cars the way way we came.

This hike will be about 9-10 miles in length and have about 3000 feet in elevation gain with some very steep sections.  Additionally, it will be mostly off trail.  That will make it a very difficult day if you are not prepared.  

This is an exploratory hike so be prepared to be flexible based on conditions.

Thanks to Mark P for the original write up and picture.

Required Items to Bring:

Boots or sturdy hiking shoes (tennis shoes are not appropriate)

water 2-3 liters


warm layers and rain gear

great attitude

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

Lots of Gatorade or water - you will want to stay hydrated!

Gloves ( for cold weather and possible briars)

Snacks and lunch

Change of cloths for ride home.  you will probably get dirty

How to Get There:
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We will meet at the trail parking on the right side of Tallulah River Road across from Tate Branch Campground.  It is the second campground after the road turns to gravel.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):188Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $75.20 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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