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Appalachian Trail Series - Hike 5

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Unicoi Gap to Tray Gap
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Mar 5 2006  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 3 2006 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Steven Koonce
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 17 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Strenuous - 8.8 mile hike (10.5 miles with optional hike to summit of Tray Mountain)

OK letís try this one again. We didnít quite make this one in November, but with the days getting longer we should have time to get this one in. Total hiking time should be 5 to 7 hours depending on the pace of the group. This is an in and out hike so there is no car shuttle.

For those that have not hiked the Georgia AT or similar mountain trails, it is not like hiking on the trails within one hour of Atlanta. Itís rocky, itís muddy, you go up and you go down, with 500 to 1000 foot elevation changes not uncommon. Particularly at the summit of Tray Mountain, it can be very windy.

This hike starts at Unicoi Gap just north of Helen, GA. We will go 4.4 miles on the Appalachian Trail to Tray Gap. It will likely be chilly this day but a 1000-foot climb at the start of the hike will get you warmed up pretty quick. Those with extra energy will have the option of hiking another 1 Ĺ mile round trip to the summit of Tray Mountain. Along with Blood Mountain, it is the most panoramic view on the Georgia AT. Here you will have 360-degree view of the surrounding area.

You need to be in good shape for this hike. The hike leader will e-mail those he is not personally familiar with to make sure they are suitable for this hike. However most newcomers do well so donít be afraid to try.

Required Items to Bring:
2 liters or quarts of water
Trail food/lunch
Hiking boots or shoes
Dress in layers
Hat and gloves depending on weather conditions
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Change of shoes and shirt for drive back
Emergency rain gear (even if it is clear day with a 20 percent chance of rain)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Helen, GA 10:00 AM Unicoi Gap parking lot on GA 75 Will be provided at the Park and Ride location


Are Dogs Permitted? No.

Will This Event Occur Rain or Shine? No. We will not hike if the weather forecast is extremely poor.

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Cost Includes:Shared gas expenses paid to your driver if you carpool ($5-$7)
Parking fee of $2-$3

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