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James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail Hiking

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Black Rock Mountain State Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 30 2010  10:00 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Oct 26 2010 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 29 2010 8:00 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Ann Howard
Ralph Howard
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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:5
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Strenuous 7.2 Miles

Black Rock Mountain is the highest state park in Georgia at an altitude of 3,640 feet. The James E Edmonds Backcountry trail is a 7.2 mile stenuous loop. The trail cuts its way through lush forests, crosses several small streams and passes small waterfalls. We will stop halfway and have lunch on a rock slab atop Lookoff Mountain overlooking the Little Tennessee River Valley some 3,162 feet below. The toughest section of the hike is the return to the trailhead climbing most of the way. This hike is a very good walkout so you should be in excellent shape to participate.

Required Items to Bring:
Good hiking shoes
Lots of water or Gatorade
Snacks and lunch
Trekking poles are very helpful
Excellent physical condition
Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Black Rock Mountain State Park, Mountain City, GA 10:00 a.m. - James E Edmonds Backcountry Trailhead I-85 North to I-985 North to Gainesville; merge on 365 North; 365 North becomes 441 North; look for brown park directional signs 3 miles north of Clayton in Mountain City; turn left onto Black Mountain Road; continue up the steep hill into the park, turn right at the stop sign and follow signs to trailhead on right.

Travel time: Approx 1 hour 30-50 minutes
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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.


Will this event occur rain or shine? No, no hiking in the rain!

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:There is a $5 state park parking fee required per vehicle (unless a carpool driver has yearly state park pass).   Please include this in your carpool costs to the driver. 

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.