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Arkaquah Trail Hiking

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Brasstown Bald
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 6 2005  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Aug 4 2005 11:59 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:20
Minimum Group Size:8
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Moderate to Strenuous Hike 12 miles

NOTE: My hikes are more leisurely....with plenty of breaks for water and snacks....if you are fast hiker and wants to hike fast, or power hiker, this may not be the hike for you.

From Track rock gap archaeological site parking lot, well walk across the street to the trail head, first 2 miles is straight up 2,200 feet of elevation gain. from here some people had said its a roller coster ride, clearing 4 mountains rainging from 3,600 to 4,300 feet. Its quite a tough hike, but there is various terrains, from soft grounds, to rocky stone mountain and blood mountain like surface, wet mushy muddy area, and giant rock fomation like rock city, this trail is great for people who likes wild plants and flowers, when we get to Brasstown bald, well climb up to the observation deck to eat our lunches and spend 30-45 minutes, (they just recentlly finished building museums and film shows...) dont forget to bring dollar bills and small coins, since they have a bending machine for cokes, water and power ade. There is a coutry store like place where they sell country items and small snacks. After the rest, well hike back down Brasstown bald to Arkaquah Trail and back to parking lot. Well be taking many water and snack breaks on the trail. After the hike well stop at Turners Corner Cafe for dinner. This is a whole day event, if you have other things you want to do this day, it will be very difficult. It will take 3.5 to 4 hours to Brasstown Bald, and 2.5 to 3 hours coming back.

Required Items to Bring:
Plenty of water (2 litters minimum, you can replenish at Brasstown Bald). Good Hiking shoes. Trekking pole, youll be so glad. (you can buy a good trekking pole at walmart for $9.00) and RAIN GEAR you might not need one, but when the rain comes youll be so glad you have one. Backpack would be better than a small fanny pack. Try to wear a hat due to ticks and other insects on the trail. Please DO NOT forget your lunch and water. No Smoking please.
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:North Georgia 10:00 am Track Rock Gap Archaeological Site Parking lot. From Park & Ride, go North on GA-400 until it ends, turn left on to 19/60 going West toward Dahlonega, and well continue on to Turners Corner, well turn left onto 19/129 toward Blood Mountain and Vogel Sate Park, after driving past Vogel State Park, youll come to Blairsville, from here well go East on 515/76 toward Young Harris, when you see BP gas station on left look for Garden ornament store on right, Track Rock Gap Road runs next to the store, turn right on Track Rock Gap Rd and go approx 2 miles to Track Rock Gap Archaeological Site Parking lot on the right, please park your cars as close to each other as possible.


Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? No (but if anyone shows up at the meeting place we can decide as a group, or we can come up with alternate hikes)

NOTE: Please be considerate of others. If you sign-up and cannot attend, please e-mail the trip leader, so others that may be on a waiting list may attend. E-mail the trip leader to be put on a waiting list if the trip is at the max number of attendees.
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Cost Includes:Please share gas fare with your driver. (since the gas price is high these days, $7 - $8.)

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