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Wesser Bald Fire Tower on the AT

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Nantahala Outdoor Center   Hike: Wesser Bald Fire Tower on the AT  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, May 31 2023  9:30 am >> Wed, May 31 2023 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, May 17 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, May 31 2023 6:25 am
Event Duration:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:14 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: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


Join me as we enjoy the 360 views at the Wesser Bald Fire Tower.

This D6 event has plenty of climb and fantastic views! We will start at the Nantahala Outdoor Center where parking spots are set aside for hikers. We will get on the AT and start our steady 6.6 mile ascent of Wesser Bald. There are some nice views along the way, which will give us an opportunity to take a brief respite from the climb. At the summit of the bald we will find the fire tower, which we can climb to enjoy 360 views of the surrounding mountains including Cheoah Bald to the west and the Smoky Mountains to the north. We will stop here to enjoy our lunch. Before retracing our steps back to our cars we will go a bit further on the trail to complete our D6 requirements.

This is a difficult D6 event with over 4000 feet of gain. Recent D5 experience is required to join the fun.

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How to Get There:
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We will meet in the parking lot of the NOC.

Trailhead Location

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):224Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $89.60 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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