Rabun Bald and Whiteside Mountain - Sun, Aug 31 2014

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Rabun Bald and Whiteside Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Northeast Georgia and Highlands, NC   Hike: Rabun Bald and Whiteside Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Aug 31 2014  8:00 am >> Sun, Aug 31 2014 7:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Aug 19 2014 9:01 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 30 2014 9:00 pm
Event Duration:Per Itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


We will begin our adventure by climbing to the top of Rabun Bald (Georgia's second highest peak at 4696'), this STRENUOUS 2.9 mile track (5.8 miles return) will cover over 2000 feet of ascent! At the top we will stop for lunch and take in the great views before we descend back down to our cars. 

Once back to the cars we will drive to the magnificent Whiteside Mountain (If time permits we will stop at some Waterfalls on the way). We will summit Whiteside Mountain and take in the great views then proceed to the Devil's Courthouse and overlook before returning to our cars.

If the group is interested we will plan on eating on the way back. Please plan your carpool accordingly.

I will allow up to 3 well behaved dogs on this hike. 

Required Items to Bring:
  • plenty of water 
  • lunch
  • food/snacks
  • hiking boots or trail shoes
  • multiple layers of clothing
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • trekking poles / hiking stick
  • camera
  • good sense of humor
  • bacon
  • soap dispenser

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):247Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $98.80 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.


There is limited parking at the Rabun Bald trailhead. There is a $2 per car fee at Whiteside Mountain car park.

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