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Standing Indian Loop Hike from Backcountry Information Center

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: nr. Standing Indian Campground, west of Franklin, NC   Hike: Standing Indian Loop Hike from Backcountry Information Center  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 20 2013  7:30 am >> Sat, Jul 20 2013 9:50 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jul 17 2013 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 19 2013 6:00 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:10.5 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: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The AOC frequently hikes Standing Indian from the GA side, through Tate City, with its two semi-bushwhacks over the boulders and along Tallulah Creek. The comparable approach from the NC side has properly laid trails and involves the same amount of driving time. It makes for a nice change.

From the parking area we take the relatively steep Lower Ridge Trail to the summit of Standing Indian (4.3 miles), where we have lunch. We descend on the AT to Deep Gap (2.5 miles) and continue on the gently descending Kimsey Creek Trail to the cars (3.7), for a total of 10.5 miles and 2423 ft elevation gain. This may sound like an easy hike, but  at this time of the year, stretches of the Lower Ridge Trail can be overgrown and the Kimsey Creek Trail may be muddy in spots. The hike is overall very pretty--and circular (for those of you who like to hike in circles)!

The group will stop in Clayton for dinner after the hike. If you cannot join us, please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

Eva will be coordinating the carpool from the Indian Trail park-and-ride and directing you to the Burger King in Clayton, where Dorothea will join the group.

The photo shows Standing Indian from Siler Bald. From this direction the mountain looks as massive as it really is.

Required Items to Bring:

3 bottles water

broken-in hiking boots

shoes (and a bag in which to place your muddy hiking boots, if you are driving in someone else's car)


Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles




rain gear (you never know)

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, continue 21 miles to Franklin, NC. Make a left (west) 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. Do not turn into the campground but continue on S.R. 1448 to the parking area at the Backcountry Information Center (just a big sign). We'll be driving on paved road the entire way.

Travel time: 1.5 hours to Clayton + 45 minutes to the trailhead at the Backcountry Information Center.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):248Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 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.


I will be contacting you, if you have not recently done a D5 hike with the AOC, to confirm that this is the right hike for you.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.