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BMT Bushy Head Gap to Fowler Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cherry Log, GA
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Apr 19 2023  8:30 am >> Wed, Apr 19 2023 2:45 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Apr 6 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 19 2023 6:33 am
Event Duration:6 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 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 as I explore the Benton MacKaye Trail sections 8a-8d just south of the Cohuttas. We will start our adventure at Bushy Head Gap where parking is described as a "Wide place in the road". From here we will head generally uphill as we make our way past BearDen Mountain and along a ridge line for most of our hike. We should have good views along the trail as well as an abundance of wildflowers. We will make our way to Fowler Mountain which marks the boundary with the Cohutta Wilderness. This will be our lunch spot. After lunch we will retrace our steps back to our cars and be back to the carpool around 4pm.

This is a difficult D5 event with over 3000 feet of elevation gain. Recent D5 experience is required to join the fun. Under experience adventurers will be moved to the waitlist and should expect an email from the TL  to  access their compatibility with the group.

In the notes section you will find a link to the AllTrails map if you would like to follow along...

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How to Get There:
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We will meet at Bushy Head gap... please click the link below for directions.

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):102Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $40.80 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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