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Blue Mountain: Georgia AT 4000 footer - date change

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Blue Mountain Shelter   Hike: Blue Mountain: Georgia AT 4000 footer - date change   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Mar 30 2023  8:30 am >> Thu, Mar 30 2023 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Mar 22 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Mar 29 2023 7:30 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:14.4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes





Join us on this section of the Appalachian Trail for a rare weekday D5 hike. This hike provides around 2800 feet of elevation with a distance of over 14 miles. This is an in and out hike through beautiful mountain laurel and lichen- covered rocks. We hope to see some wildflowers. Get to see the start of the Chattahoochee River, which will make you wonder how it gets so wide so quickly. We will stop for lunch near a beautiful stream and then head back the way we came. 

Recent D5 experience is a must for this group to stay together and finish on time.

2.8 mph pace to meet our target timeframe for this "in and out" 6 hour hike

1.4 mile 1076 foot ascent of Blue Mountain to begin hike

2800 foot total climb for the hike and 7% average grade

3.5 miles passing over several rock slides and through rocky areas  to begin and finish hike

Fine views from Blue Mountain shelter at 4025 feet elevation

Blue is one of the five Georgia AT 4000 footers (you probably know Blood and Tray already)







Required Items to Bring:


lunch and trail snacks

Strong and sturdy hiking shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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sunglasses, sunscreen

rain gear

wide-brimmed shade hat

Hiking poles

Electrolyte (chews or bottled)

Comfy shoes for your ride home

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Here is a link to Google Maps that will take you to the trailhead at Unicoi Gap: nQhfxRFVB7


Plan to be ready to meet at 8:30am at the trail crossing.

The trailhead has ample parking but no privy or services.

The shelter at the top of the mountain has a compost privy 1.4 miles into our hike.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):147Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $58.80 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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