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Tray Mountain from Dick’s Creek Gap

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Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, nr Hiawassee   Hike: Tray Mountain from Dick’s Creek Gap  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 30 2013, Sat, Oct 20 2012  7:00 am >> Sat, Mar 30 2013 9:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Mar 27 2013 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 29 2013 9:00 am
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:16 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 1 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


I have always hiked to Tray Mountain from the south. The approach from the north requires a bit more commitment and time. The hike begins at Dick Creek Gap. After about an hour's hiking, we get our first glimpse of Tray Mountain. For the next five hours we see it intermittently as we gradually draw closer to it. After we have attained our goal, the summit, we will descend to Andrew's Cove Campground. This hike requires a half-hour car shuttle at the end.

In detail: we meet in Cleveland at the Ingles (behind the gas pumps) and drive to Andrew's Cove Campground, where we leave two cars; with the remaining two cars we drive along 75 north and then 76 south to Dick's Creek Gap. We should start hiking no later than 9:30. From Dick's Creek Gap we climb about 1200 ft to the lookout sidetrail, which we may skip, as there is a better view to the east ahead. From there we make an undulating descent to Deep Gap and then climb 600 ft to Kelly Knob. Here we take in the better view to the east. We now descend 800 ft to Addis Gap, at which point we will have been hiking about 3 hrs. We now begin a section of short ups and downs of 200-300 ft apiece to Steeltrap Gap. From there we begin our final climb, in stages, of almost 1000 ft to the top of Tray Mtn. We now will have hiked about 6 hrs. Just before the summit we take an unmarked side trail to a lookout, from which can look back to see the way we came (the illuminated ridge on the photo, kindly supplied by Tony C). A short sprint to the surveyor's marker at the summit completes the ascent. From there it is all downhill, about two hours, to our cars. We drive back to Dick Creek Gap, reclaim the cars we left there, and head to Clayton for a meal, if people are hungry. Total elevation ~4400 ft. Hiking time, WITHOUT stops, ~8 hours. I don't envision this hike as a marathon. We will be hiking at a moderate pace and taking breaks as needed, so figure on 10 hours on the trail.

Since I will be joining the group in Cleveland, I will ask someone to co-ordinate the carpool at the Indian Trail Park and Ride. We will need a total of four cars for eight hikers to do the shuttle; I will be providing one of the cars.

I will be contacting any registrant who has not completed at least a D5 hike recently to confirm the suitability of this hike.

Required Items to Bring:

3-4 bottles of water, more, if you drink a lot
broken-in hiking boots
shoes (and a bag in which to place your dirty hiking boots)

Recommended Items to Bring:
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a clean shirt
hiking poles

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):197Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $78.80 (calculated at total miles (197) * $0.400, effective Monday, April 24, 2017). This is based on the current gas, maintenance, and other costs of $0.400 per mile as stated by the IRS & This should be divided by the total number of people in the vehicle (incl driver).
For example: With 4 people in the vehicle, the expense per person on this trip would be $19.70. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.

Additional advice: The cost of your trip is up to your driver. Your cost should not be greater than what is listed above, unless there is extenuating circumstances. If you want to be sure about the cost of the trip, check with your driver before you get into the vehicle. If you are the driver of the vehicle, this is a guideline to what you charge and not a rule.

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