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Chunky Gal Trail - Boteler Peak - Carpool departure 7:00am

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Nantahala National Forest   Hike: Chunky Gal Trail - Boteler Peak - Carpool departure 7:00am  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, May 29 2023  9:30 am >> Mon, May 29 2023 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, May 17 2023 7:36 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 26 2023 6:36 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10.4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mark P
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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: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Join in as we hike the Chunky Gal Trail from Glade Gap ro Perry Gap with a short side trip to the summit of Boteler Peak 5010'.  From US 64 at Glade Gap (3679'), we'll start the trail with a moderately steep but steady uphill hike.  We'll continue uphill for nearly 3 miles until we reach the side trail to the summit of Boteler Peak.  Passing the side trail, we'll continue on the Chunky Gal losing elevation until we reach a gravel road at Perry Gap (3840").  This will be our turn around point.  After a short break, we'll return the way we came.  Climbing back up Boteler Peak.  This time, we'll take the side trail that leads a short distance to the summit for a well deserved break for lunch.  There are great views of the Tusquitee Mountains to the northwest as well as Chatuge Lake to the southwest.  After a break, we'll return down the mountain to our cars.  

Discalimer:  I've hike this trail several times.  But not recently.  There was a forest fire in 2016 in this area.  There could be some new trees down that died due to that fire.  But it shouldn't be a problem.  

I'll allow up to 2 well behaved dogs on the hike.

On the drive up, we'll make a brief stop at McDonalds in Franklin, NC.

Required Items to Bring:

Boots / sturdy shoes

Water, at least 2 liters

lunch / snacks

rain gear in case

change of cloths/shoes for ride home



cash for carpool

Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles

bug repellant

sun screen

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

I 85 north to I 985.  Continue straight on this road as it turns into US441 all the way to Franklin, NC.  In Franklin, turn left on US 64.  Continue on US 64 for 17.5 miles to turnoff on right for Forest Service Road at Glade Gap.  Trail crosses highway here.  

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):250Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $100.00 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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