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Rock Gap to Albert Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Standing Indian area, near Franklin, NC   Hike: Rock Gap to Albert Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 26 2012  8:00 am >> Sat, May 26 2012 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, May 22 2012 10:14 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 25 2012 9:00 am
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:9
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is an in-and-out hike on the AT from Rock Gap to Albert Mountain. The hike falls between a D4 and D5 in level of difficulty: D5 for the distance, and D4 for the elevation gain; we gain 2100 ft gradually over 6 miles on largely non-rocky terrain. Hiking time is 5-6 hours, to which we add however long we spend on the tower taking in the 360-degree view and eating lunch.

On the photo, taken from Rabun Bald, you can see Albert Mountain just left of center on the horizon. Look for the “V” indentation between two peaks. The peak on the left of the “V” is Yellow Bald and the peak on the right is Albert Mountain. Not visible on the photo, because of the distance, is the fire tower on the top of Albert.

According to the current weather forecast, it will be hot in the city, but up high it should be quite pleasant. We will be hiking for the most part in the shade of trees along a ridge, where we might catch the odd breeze.

If there is interest, we will have supper in Clayton.

Since I will be meeting the carpoolers from Atlanta in Clayton, I will be asking for a volunteer to coordinate the carpooling at the Indian Trail park and ride.

Required Items to Bring:

broken-in hiking boots

2 bottles water


bag for dirty boots, if you are riding in someone else’s car

Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles

spare t-shirt

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the Indian Trail park & ride, take I-85 North. After 11 miles bear left to take I-985 North. This road will change to GA 365, US 441, and US 23. Stay on it for 75 miles, then stop at the Burger King in Clayton for a pit-stop and to meet the trip coordinator. Once back on the 441, it is 21 miles to Franklin. Make a left onto US 64 West and travel 10 miles, then turn left on to S.R. 1448 (Old US 64). Continue on S.R. 1448 to Wallace Gap and turn right, following the sign to Standing Indian Campground. After half a mile look for Parking at Rock Gap on your left.

Travel time: 1.5 hours to Clayton + 45 minutes to the trailhead at Rock Gap

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):248Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $99.20 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.


If you have not recently completed comparable AOC hikes, I will be contacting you to determine whether this is the right hike for you

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