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Siler Bald Classic Hike - 360 degree view at the top

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Winding Stair Gap - 8 mi West of Franklin NC on US 64   Hike: Siler Bald Classic Hike - 360 degree view at the top  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 23 2014  9:00 am >> Sat, Aug 23 2014 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Aug 14 2014 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 22 2014 11:59 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
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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:6
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


There are many scenic vistas on the Appalachian Trail within a couple hours driving time of Atlanta, but perhaps none more so than Siler Bald. With a summit of 5,216 feet it offers a sweeping 360 degree view of the surrounding valleys. And while there is almost 1500 feet in elevation gain, most of it is fairly gradual over four miles. The total distance hiked will be a little over eight miles. 

At the top of Siler Bald, we will break for lunch (20-30 minutes) and the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding views.  You will want to take a camera or binoculars for the views!

Although the total driving distance is close to 240 miles round trip, all of it is over major highways. So driving time should be no more than 2-2 ½ hours each way (We should be back in Atlanta betweeen 4-5 PM).  Estimated hiking time: 4-5 hours.


***Note 1:  On the drive to the trailhead and back, we will take a quick fuel/bathroom break in Clayton

***Note 2:  Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader

***Note 3: Dogs allowed on this hike


If you have any questions e-mail the Event Coordinator and save phone calls for the day of the event. Note: Hiking poles are highly recommended to help navigate rocky trails.

Required Items to Bring:

2-3 liters water
lunch and trail snacks
Hiking boots or trail running shoes with excellent grips

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on I-85. Take I-985 near Mall of Georgia. Continue on I-985. After 26 miles this intersate will become US 23. Continue on US 23 through Clayton GA and into North Carolina. At Franklin NC take exit to US 64 West. Continue eight miles until Winding Stairs Gap parking lot.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):235Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $94.00 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.


If you have any questions e-mail the Event Coordinator and save phone calls for the day of the event.

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