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Holiday Hiking

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Arkaquah Trail
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 26 2005  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Nov 24 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 11 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 1.5 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 eat our lunches. 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. 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 4 to 4.5 hours to Brasstown Bald, and 3.5 to 4 hours coming back.

Required Items to Bring:
Plenty of water (2 liters minimum). 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 dress warm in layers. Please DO NOT forget your lunch and water.
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:Brasstown Bald, 706-896-2556 9:30 am Track Rock Gap Archaeological Site Parking lot. (due to limited parking space please do not meet us at trail head if you are not carpooling. For people who dont want to carpool Ill post the details later) From Hotel Go North on I-75, Go North on I-575, stay on I-575 (it will become 515/76), go thtough Ellijay, Blue Ridge. After passign Blairsville, 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, no hiking in the rain.

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Cost Includes:Free but please share gas fare with your carpool driver. (since the gas price is high these days, $7 - $8.)

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