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Siler Bald & Wayah Bald on the AT
|Event Location:||west of Franklin, NC|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Feb 22 2014 8:00 am >> Sat, Feb 22 2014 8:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Feb 20 2014 2:08 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Feb 22 2014 6:30 am|
|Event Duration:||per itinerary|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||9|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
After all the recent traumatic weather, it looks like we're in for a fine spring Saturday. Let's climb to the heights. Here we have two magnificent views on a figure-8 hike. The center of the figure 8 is the parking lot at Wayah Gap (~4200 ft). To make the first loop we ascend Siler Bald (5216 ft), where we will enjoy a 360-degree view on a wide-open grassy crown, after which we return to Wayah Gap (4 miles, 2 hours). For the second loop we cross the road and ascend Winespring Mountain and continue along the ridge to Wayah Bald (5350 ft), where we enjoy another almost 360-degree view from the recently restored fire tower, before returning to Wayah Gap (8 miles, 4 hours). Total elevation gain about 3000 ft.
We'll plan to have dinner in Clayton after the hike. If you need to get back to Atlanta, you will have to drive separately or arrange a carpool with other hikers who cannot stay for dinner.
Clay will coordinate the carpool at the Indian Trail Marta park-and-ride, and I will join the group at the Burger King in Clayton at 9:30.
|How to Get There:|
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 leader. Once back on the 441, it is 21 miles to Franklin. Make a left onto US 64 West. Go 3.7 miles on US 64 and make a right onto Patton Rd, then an immediate left onto Wayah Rd, SR 1310, which is all paved (Look for a sign for Wayah Bald on US 64). From there it is 8.9 miles to the Appalachian Trail. After you pass the hikers-crossing sign at the top of Wayah Gap, turn left into the parking lot of the Wayah Crest campground.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||242Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||8:00 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.80 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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