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Tray Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochie National Forest, north of Helen   Hike: Tray Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 26 2014  8:30 am >> Sat, Jul 26 2014 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jul 23 2014 11:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 26 2014 7:00 am
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:11 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 weather looks perfect for Saturday, so let's head for the mountains.

This in-and-out hike starts at Unicoi Gap on Hwy 75, north of Helen. From the trailhead we ascend 1100 ft. over 1.3 miles to the top of Rocky Mtn, descend 800 ft. over 1.3 miles to Indian Grave Gap, ascend 1300 ft. over 2.4 miles to the summit of Tray Mtn, and continue a bit further to the off-trail lookout. We’ll have lunch there, enjoying the view, and then retrace our steps. With a total elevation gain of 3200 ft, this hike provides a good workout, but we will make stops as needed to keep from getting too hot.

I am looking for a volunteer to coordinate the carpool at Indian Trail park-and-ride. I'll be joining the group at 9:30 at the Cleveland Ingles, behind the gas pumps, also a good place for a pit stop. I am open to having dinner in Cleveland afterwards, if there is interest. The group can decide at the Indian Trail park-and-ride and arrange the carpool accordingly.

Required Items to Bring:

2-3 bottles of water, more, if you drink a lot in the heat
broken-in hiking boots
shoes (and a bag in which to place your dirty hiking boots, if traveling in someone else's car)

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

a dry shirt to change into


hiking poles


How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):150Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.00 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'll be contacting anyone who has not done a D5-level hike recently to determine if this is a suitable hike for you.

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