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AT - Hightower Gap to Gooch Shelter - NEW DATE
|Event Location:||Appalachian Blue Ridge Rd, Blue Ridge, GA - see link below|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Mar 11 2023 9:00 am >> Sat, Mar 11 2023 3:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 7:15 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Mar 1 2023 6:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Mar 10 2023 6:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||6 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Leigh B|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||12|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
This hike will be at a pace of 2.7/2.8 mph
Join us for this favorite section of the AT which takes us over Sassafras and Justus mountains.
We will park at Hightower Gap (room for about 4 cars so trip leaders will monitor this). At the 1.9 mile mark we reach Horse Gap. We will continue north and ascend 700 ft over the next mile and reach the summit of Sassafras Mountain at 3357ft at the 2.9 mile mark.
We will then descend to Cooper Gap at the 3.5 mile mark. Here we begin to climb again to summit Justus Mountain at 3224ft and the 4.1 mile mark. A nice steady descent follows which takes us to beautiful Justus Creek and the Devils Kitchen camping area at 5.5 mph. From Justus Creek we will ascend the wooden stairs and head to Gooch Shelter for lunch. We will break for around 25 minutes at this 7 mile mark. Then we repack our packs and retrace our steps back to the cars.
Recent D5 experience at this pace is rquired to join the hike. Please expect an e mail from the TLs if you do not have recent experience on your AOC matrix.
|How to Get There:|
link to trailhead. https://goo.gl/maps/6pzVnAzY 7frcdteR6
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||116Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||7:15 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $46.40 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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