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^^ Summit GA’s Highest Peaks: #2 - Rabun Bald (4696’) ^^

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, near Clayton, GA   Hike: ^^ Summit GA’s Highest Peaks: #2 - Rabun Bald (4696’) ^^  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 9 2013  8:00 am >> Sat, Mar 9 2013 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sat, Feb 9 2013 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 8 2013 9:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Thomas W.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 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 Himalayas or the Rockies, but do offer many opportunties for challenging and exciting hikes to outstanding scenic views.  For this series, we are summiting the 20 highest peaks in Georgia.  (For more info on the criteria used, click here.)

 #2 - Rabun Bald

Standing 4696' above sea level with 1016' of clean prominence, Rabun Bald is the 2nd tallest peak in can see Tray Mtn, Whiteside Mtn, Mt Yonah, Big Scaly, Standing Indian and many other GA/NC/SC peaks.

Weather: March has very unsettled weather patterns, so flexibility needs to be in your demeanor for this trip. We will reschedule the hike in the event of definite rain.

We will meet at the carpool at 8:00 and start our hike from the trailhead at around 10:00. We will make this ascent along the 4.1 mile Bartram Trail Route. The road to the very small parking area is gravel with limited parking. The road may pose an issue for low clearance vehicles. This is a moderate, and very nicely laid out trail. Although there are some overlooks on the hike up, the "prize" for this hike is the spectacular views awarded from the viewing platform built on the peak of Rabun Bald by the YCC. If the winds cooperate, then we expect to lunch on the peak before our descent along the same route.

This is an early spring event, respect MUST be paid to Mother Nature. Weather conditions can always deteriorate, and we must be prepared to react. It is important that you dress in layers with no/minimal cotton fabrics against your skin, especially socks. Do not wear tennis shoes. Additionally, make sure your pack includes a warm hat, gloves, wind protection, and neck protection.

The return trip to Atlanta will be determined by each carpool.

Required Items to Bring:
  • emergency rain/wind gear (even if chance of rain is minimal)
  • extra layers of clothing including a hat and gloves
  • extra pair of socks
  • water
  • Lunch and enough food to keep your energy level up
  • hiking boots
  • whistle
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • trekking poles
  • camera

How to Get There:
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Carepool only please.  Directions to trailhead will be given at carpool.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):214Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $85.60 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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