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Whiteside Mountain + Scaly Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: nr Highlands, NC   Hike: Whiteside Mountain + Scaly Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 27 2012  7:30 am >> Sat, Oct 27 2012 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Oct 22 2012 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 25 2012 6:00 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: 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 one of my favorite “great views” hikes, but it requires crystal-clear, blue-sky weather conditions. If by Wednesday or Thursday before the hike, the weather looks iffy, I will replace the hike with something more suitable to the weather (but still in the same geographic area) and postpone the “great views” hike to another week. But hopefully we’ll be lucky.

To maximize the views, I have put together a two-part hike, separated by a short drive. The first part of the hike entails a 45 minute-drive from Clayton through Highlands to the parking area of popular Whiteside Mountain. As we will be early, however, it should not be too crowded. We will ascend a short distance to the top of the plateau and do a loop-hike around its perimeter, enjoying an almost continuous view in all directions. Taking the side trail to the Devil’s Courthouse will make it a 3-mile hike. For the second part of the hike, we will drive back the way we came until we reach the Osage Mountain overlook/parking area (20 minutes), where we will commence the main hike of the day, an in-and-out hike on the Bartram Trail over Scaly Mountain (8.8. miles). A 1.5-hour ascent takes us to the third of the three 180-degree lookouts on the top of Scaly, where we will have lunch (about 1:30). We will descend the north side of the mountain to Tessentee Creek (about 1.25 hours), where we will turn around. We should be back at the cars by 5:30 or 6:00, depending on how long we tarry at the lookouts. I would like to have dinner in Clayton, but that will depend on the group. There is a $2 parking fee at Whiteside Mountain. You can check out this website. .

The co-leader Ofelia (Big O) will coordinate the carpool at the Indian Trail Marta park and ride, and I will meet the group at the Burger King in Clayton.

The photo, taken from Rabun Bald on a hazy day, shows what I think are Whiteside (the pointy peak near the right edge) and Scaly (the mountain at the left edge).

We will be hiking at a moderate pace, taking time to enjoy the views. On Whiteside Mtn we need to hike as a group. For the Scaly Mtn hike, faster hikers who know the trail can go ahead, but we will regroup at designated spots.

Required Items to Bring:

hiking boots; 2 litres water; lunch; enough warm clothes to withstand a cold wind at the summits

Recommended Items to Bring:
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bag for dirty boots, if you intend to ride in someone else's vehicle; sunscreen; hiking poles; spare t-shirt

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the park and ride take I-85 North to I-985 North. I-985 turns into GA 365/US 23/US 441. Continue to the Burger King in Clayton, GA, for a pit stop and for meeting the other co-leader Dorothea. Once back in the cars, continue north on 441 about seven miles to beyond Dillard, where you make a right on GA 246 in the direction of Highlands, NC. This road turns into NC 106 at the NC line. Travel about 13 miles to Highlands. NC 106 ends at a traffic light, where it makes a T-junction with US 64 (Main St). Turn right on US 64 and drive through downtown Highlands. After about two blocks you reach a light, where US 64 turns left (also signed as 4th St). After 5 miles turn right towards Whiteside Mountain parking area.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):225Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $90.00 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.


I will be contacting you if you have not recently done a D5 hike to determine whether this is a suitable hike for you.

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