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Siler Bald Winter Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Winding Stair Gap (8 miles west of Franklin, NC. on US-64)   Hike: Siler Bald Winter Hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 4 2023  10:30 am >> Sat, Feb 4 2023 6:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jan 24 2023 7:56 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 3 2023 7:56 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



Join me for one of my favourite hikes to Siler Bald, standing at 5216' high, the bald offers  unparalleled 360 degree views of the surrounding North Carolina countryside and is well worth the effort.

We will start from Winding Stair Gap on US-64 and start our slow but steady climb to Siler Bald. we will spend about 30 minutes here eating lunch and taking in the sights of Wayah Bald in the distance.

The elevation gain on this hike is approximately 2080' and is suitable for those wanting to move up from D3 to D4; I will be hiking at an easy to moderate pace and will be stopping a few times to allow the group to catch up. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me. 

Required Items to Bring:
  • Hiking gear appropriate for the weather
  • 2-3 liters of water
  • food/snacks
  • headlamp (just in case)
  • hiking boots/shoes
  • cash for carpool driver
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • camera
  • hiking poles
  • change of clothes for after the hike

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions to Winding Stair Gap: AGUJ2

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):235Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $94.00 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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