^^ Summit GA’s Highest Peaks: #11 - Horsetrough Mountain (4040’) ^^ - Sat, Dec 17 2011

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^^ Summit GA’s Highest Peaks: #11 - Horsetrough Mountain (4040’) ^^

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, near Blairsville, GA   Hike: ^^ Summit GA’s Highest Peaks: #11 - Horsetrough Mountain (4040’) ^^  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 17 2011  7:30 am >> Sat, Dec 17 2011 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Dec 7 2011 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Dec 16 2011 4:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:13.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Laura V
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The North Georgia mountains may not be the Rockies (or the Himalayas), but they include many mtns that make for superb hikes and offer incredible views.  For this series, we are counting down the highest peaks in GA...

#11 - Horsetrough Mountain

Standing 4040' above sea level with 1008' of clean prominence, Horsetrough Mountain is south of Brasstown Bald, just off the AT about 4 miles south of Jacks Gap. We will start this hike at Unicoi Gap. Since sunset will be at 5:26 pm, we will hike at a fast pace.

The hike involves leaving the AT and bushwhacking for about a mile up to the summit of Horsetrough.  The terrain is easy with sparse ground vegetation, with the exception of about a quarter of a mile of blackberry briars on a portion of the ascent. Gators, goggles, and gardening gloves are the recommended fashion accessories for this portion of the hike, as well as kevlar pants and snag resistant long sleeves. 

Weather permitting, we will see Brasstown Bald during our ascent, but the view of the top of Horsetrough is less than spectacular, as the summit is surrounded by trees.  That said, if you like bushwhacking, this is the hike for you!

If there is time, we may stop to see the headwaters of the Chattahoochee, which is just a little spring that trickles out of the ground. What an amazing sight to see the birthplace of the mighty river that flows through our state!

We will stop for dinner afterwards in Helen for those would like to join us. 

Required Items to Bring:
  • emergency rain gear (even if chance of rain is minimal)
  • water or sports drink, at least 2 liters
  • enough food to keep your energy level up on a 6 or 7 hour hike
  • hiking boots or trail shoes
  • clothing appropriate for the weather
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Gators
  • Thick gloves to push through the briars
  • trekking poles
  • camera

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:

    Directions to trailhead will be given at carpool (or via email if "meeting at event").

    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Mile(s)
    Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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    Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 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.

    Two or three friendly dogs with extensive hiking experience are welcome on this event.

    Because this a D5 event, if you have not recently completed some tough AOC hikes, we may be contacting you to determine your level of fitness and experience to make sure this is the right hike for you.

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

    Cost Includes:NA

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