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AT: Byron Reece to Cowrock Mountain - a moderate paced D5

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Byron Reece Parking (see link below)   Hike: AT: Byron Reece to Cowrock Mountain - a moderate paced D5  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Jan 31 2023  9:30 am >> Tue, Jan 31 2023 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sat, Jan 28 2023 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Jan 30 2023 9:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
Bill S
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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: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


I am recovering from wrist surgery and I am only just getting back my hiking legs. Therefore this hike will be paced more around 2.5 mph as opposed to closer to 3 mph. For those who want a great out of town D5 thats just not quite as fast as other D5s that get posted, please think about joining me.


AT to Cowrock Mountain (Thanks to Ron J for maps, links etc.)


This is a great section of the AT in Georgia with several good views and just the right amount of miles for a good hike.

We will be moving at a moderate pace of about 2.5 mph.

We will start at the Byron Reese parking lot where we will take the Byron Reese Trail to the junction with the AT.  We will head north on the AT. We will quickly get to Neels Gap where porta-potties await our arrival. Back on the trail we go as we head to our first overlook at the top of Levelland Mountain. We will pause here to snap some pics. Not much further down the trail, Wolf Laurel Mountain will greet us with more stunning views. Then its off to Cowrock Mountain where the best views of the hike will be had. We will eat lunch here at our half way point. After lunch we will retrace our steps to our cars.

This is a strenuous hike with over 3100 feet of ascent. D5 experience is required to join the hike even though it is a moderate pace. 

Required Items to Bring:



Rain Gear

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):128Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $51.20 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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