Amicalola East Trail Ridge To Len Foote Hike Inn (optional dinner)
|Event Location:||Amicalola State Park Visitor Center|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Jan 26 2014 8:30 am >> Sun, Jan 26 2014 5:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Jan 20 2014 8:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Jan 25 2014 10:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||8 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||12|
|Minimum Group Size:||3|
|Number Registered So Far:||18 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Come join me to have hot chocolate or hot tea between the two halves of our hike. How cool is that?
This is a moderate to difficult loop hike at a moderate pace. We will stop and wait for slower hikers at Frosty Mountain (the highest elevation of the hike) and at the turn from the AT approach trail onto the Hike Inn Trail, as well as at the Hike Inn itself.
We’ll meet at 10:00 just inside the Amicalola Falls State Park Visitor Center and start our hike from behind visitor center to the trailhead on parking lot on top of the falls. From that trailhead, we will hike the AT Approach trail northward for 4.5 miles with a short stop at Frosty Mountain. This trail has a lot of ups and downs, but mostly ups, and some of the ups are steep. We will turn right onto the Len Foote Trail and hike a mile to Len Foote Hike Inn. The East Ridge Trail climbs to the top of Amicalola Falls, rising an average of 80 feet for each 500 feet of trail. It is one of a handful of trails considered strenuous simply because of the climb.
We will stop at the Inn to look around a bit and eat our packed lunch in the dining hall there. The Inn does not serve lunch to dayhikers but will sometimes have some dessert or fruit that you can take in exchange for tips to the Inn’s staff. This is not a guarantee, so be sure to bring your own lunch. They will have iced tea, lemonade, hot water, tea bags and chocolate and other drinks that you can pay for with tips.
From the Inn we will continue southward 5 miles to top of the falls via the Len Foote Trail. From there we take 425 steps down to parking lot.Please check with the trip leader before you leave, so we make sure everyone is accounted for. There is an optional dinner at Giorgio's Italian resturant on exit 12. If you are planning to attend please make sure to carpool with people who are also going to dinner.
There is a $5 GA DNR parking fee per vehicle at Amicalola Falls State Park unless you display an annual pass.
|How to Get There:|
DIRECTIONS from GA-400/ I-285 INTERCHANGE in N ATLANTA (Sandy Springs) to AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK (about 60 miles or 90 minutes):
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|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||104Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||8:30 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $41.60 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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There is a $5 GA DNR parking fee per vehicle, payable at Amicalola Falls State Park unless you display an annual pass.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.