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Bear Hair and Coosa Backcountry Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Vogel State Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 5 2011  8:30 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 21 2011 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 4 2011 6:00 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Hiking Trails at Vogel State Park
BEAR HAIR TRAIL - This 3.6-mile orange-blazed loop trail is ideal for family hikes. It is of moderate difficulty, beginning and ending in Vogel State Park.

COOSA BACKCOUNTRY TRAIL - 12.5-mile loop. This strenuous trail is marked with yellow blazes and signs and for the most part is easy to follow. It fords streams on its lower part and traverses the high Duncan Ridge, including Coosa Bald at over 4,000 feet.

We will be hiking both trails and will use Bear Hair Trail as a warm up and then go to conquer the Great Coosa Backcountry Trail. 

Mar 5, 2011 Sunrise 7:02 AM Sunset 6:37 PM 11h 35m 47s  

Drive from park and ride should take 1.5 hours.

This is NOT a beginners hike so be sure you in good physical condition.  If you haven't done a D4 or D5 hike before this might not be for you.  We will do both loops in a day. I hope we can do it in about 8 hours but it would be wise to bring a headlamp or flashlight in case we are delayed for some reason.  We will meet at the 400 - Mansell Park and Ride and leave at 7:00 AM Sharp! If the group is so inclined we may take a spur to the summit of blood mountain.  I'd like everyone to meet at carpool but if you live north of there let me know and we can meet you at the park.  We will need to check in at the ranger station and get a free permit before we start.  There is a parking fee at Vogel.

Required Items to Bring:
• 3 litres of water
• snacks and lunch
• sturdy hiking boots or shoes
• personal first aid kit
Recommended Items to Bring:
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• hiking poles
• camera
• sunscreen
Headlamp/ Flashlight

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA 400/US 19 north to Dahlonega.  We will make a pit stop in Dahlonega at the McDonald's there.  It will be on your left on US 19.  Then take US 19 north to where it joins US 129 at Turners Corner. Continue north on US 19/129 for 11 miles to Vogel State Park.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):120Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $48.00 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.


This event hike will take place unless thunderstorms or constant rain are forcast

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