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^^ Summit GA’s Highest Peaks: #6 - Coosa Bald (4280’) ^^

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, near Blairsville, GA   Hike: ^^ Summit GA’s Highest Peaks: #6 - Coosa Bald (4280’) ^^  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 31 2012  7:30 am >> Sat, Mar 31 2012 6:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 30 2012 8:45 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 30 2012 6:00 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:15 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


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...

#6 - Coosa Bald

At 4280' above sea level and with 960' of clean prominence, Coosa Bald is actually tied with #7 Double Spring Knob as far as elevation goes. But it has more prominence, so that's why it is higher on the list.

This is going to be one of the most challenging hike in the series...using one of the most strenuous trails in GA, the Duncan Ridge Trail.  This trail is basically a roller coaster...big climbs, big descents, and small gaps in after the other after the other.  It will be a challenge, but hopefully well worth the effort.

We will begin at Wolfpen Gap and jump on the DRT, headed north.  We will actually summit Coosa Bald fairly quickly after a 950' climb....sadly not much of a view from up there.  The photo from above is frommany years ago before it became so overgrown.. So just remember that image and can picture it in your mind when at the summit.

From Coosa Bald, we will just continue on the DRT, headed northwest.  We will keep going until we reach Mulky Gap and then Akin Mtn, 7.5 mi from our starting point.  This is where we will turn around and head back....and this is where you will definitely earn the summit of Coosa Bald on the return trip. From there is is down into Wolfpen Gap to the cars and then home.

The total distance should be about 15 miles and total ascent about 5500' feet.  

Required Items to Bring:
  • emergency rain gear (even if chance of rain is minimal)
  • water
  • enough food to keep your energy level up
  • hiking boots or trail shoes
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • 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):145Mile(s)
    Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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    Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $58.00 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.

    For more information on the other hikes in the series and the methodology used in making the list, click here.

    Because this a D6 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.

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