Blood Mountain Cove - Waterfalls, Streams, High Vistas, and More - Sat, Sep 29 2012

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Blood Mountain Cove - Waterfalls, Streams, High Vistas, and More

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 15 miles north of Dahlonega   Hike: Blood Mountain Cove - Waterfalls, Streams, High Vistas, and More  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 29 2012  6:45 am >> Sat, Sep 29 2012 7:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Sep 24 2012 8:28 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 28 2012 12:12 pm
Event Duration:Per itenerary
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:3
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Are Dogs Permitted: No


This hike has a little of everything... There are 8-10 waterfalls along the route, a few open fields with wildflowers, clear mountain streams, lush coves, valleys, ridges, the highest point on the Georgia AT - Blood Mountain, and always the possibility to see wildlife.

I wanted to visit Blood Mountain, but wanted a much more scenic, unique, an interesting way of getting there than the normal heavily used trails that are typical.  So even if you've visited Blood Mountain before, this will give you a whole new perspective of the area... especially Blood Mountain Cove.

The general route will be to start off along Dicks Creek, travel up Crow Mtn creek, traverse a few saddles, cross a few streams, hike acoss a few scenic grassy fields, and then through Blood Mountain Cove - this entire section will be along trails, although, ones that are unmarked, lightly used, and lesser known.  We will then go off-trail and follow Blood Mountain Creek for about a mile, visiting the little known, upper waterfall of Blood Mountain Creek.  We will then continue off-trail for about a half mile uphill until we hit the Freeman Trail, which skirts the south side of Blood Mountain.  We'll take the Freeman Trail to the AT at Flatrock Gap and from there will will head west (southbound) on the AT to summit the highest point in Georgia on the Appalachian Trail - Blood Mountain.  After taking in the spectacular views from atop Blood Mountain, we will continue along the AT to Turkey Stamp, where we will head off trail again.  After approximately a half mile, we'll hit another un-marked trail for a while, head off-trail for another half mile, see a few waterfalls along upper Dicks Creek, until we hit another trail. We will then take more un-named trails until we reach the lower section of Blood Mtn Creek.  From there we hike down Blood Mtn Creek, visiting its middle and lower waterfalls, until we reach Dicks Creek again.  From there, we will hike along Dicks Creek until we return to the vehicles.  We may make a stop somewhere in the last 1/3 of the hike to take a refreshing and cleansing dip in one of the Blood Mtn Creek pools.

The hike will be about 15.5 miles, have a total ascent of about 3,700 ft, and approximately 3.5 miles of off-trail hiking.  
The pace of this hike is listed as "N/A" as it will vary in different sections.  It will probably vary from brisk on any well maintained trails to somewhat slow on off-trail sections.  Although I have hiked this route before, due to the fact that parts of it are off-trail, there will always be some variation.  So, although we're not going to get lost or anything like that, there is always the possibility that we will have to vary the route slightly based on potential obstacles... so, you could still consider it exploratory "in nature."

This is a long tough hike with some very steep sections and a couple miles of free-form (off-trail) hiking.  So if you haven't completed some recent D5/D6 events I will be contacting you to see if this hike is suitable for you.  

If you are into adventure, going to new places, seeing some things that are less common, you'll love this.  If you're afraid of getting dirty, have a need to move every small branch out your path, don't like any scrambling, afraid of stickers snagging your clothes, terrified that you might find a tick, intimidated with going places where 5 million other people have NOT been, always prefer a well worn path to follow, then this hike is probably not your cup of tea.  This is all about fun, adventure, great sights, the sounds of nature, and avoiding the masses.

BE PREPARED - Please read/review ALL of the "Required Items to Bring" and "Recommended Items to Bring" sections!!

Required Items to Bring:
  • * A flexible mindset, good attitude, big smile, and sense of adventure - seriously,... I really mean it.
  • * Good hiking shoes/boots
  • * Lunch and enough snacks to maintain energy for 8+ hours of hiking.
  • * Plenty of fluids - 3 quarts minimum.  Seriously, it's a long tough hike.
  • * A change of clothes for after the hike.
  • * A hand/foot towel and extra pair of socks is highly recommended in case yours get wet during a creek crossing.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • * A flexible attitude (yes, I'm saying it twice)
  • * Insect repellant with DEET - bring it and use it.
  • * Sunscreen
  • * Long pants - I plan to wear shorts, but may bring light weight pants to pull over in any areas where we are off trail.  If you have convertible pants/shorts you may want to wear them.
  • * Quick-dry shorts/top etc in case you want to refresh in a clear mountain pool.  May be nice to take a dip near the end of the hike.
  • * Hand/Foot towel - The creek levels are low now, but there still may be one or two places that require removing shoes for a crossing.
  • * Don't wear clothes that you will be upset about getting a snag or two on.

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):120Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $48.00 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.

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