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Backpacking West Face of Blood Mountain
|Event Location:||Lake Winfield Scott|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Jan 31 2015 10:30 am >> Sun, Feb 1 2015 3:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Tue, Jan 20 2015 9:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Jan 30 2015 12:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||1 Days 4 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
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|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|
This backpacking trip is perfect for those who want to experience a moderate winter backpacking trip to one of the more scenic destinations in Georgia. We will backpack approximately 6 miles at a moderate pace. Beginning at Lake Winfield Scott, we'll backpack up the West face of Blood Mountain along the Slaughter Creek trail. After about 3 miles of backpacking (all up hill), we'll look for a campsite shortly after the Slaughter Creek trail intersects the AT. This is a very popular destination, so we'll have to be somewhat flexible where we'll find camp. After lunch and after gathering fire wood, we'll day hike up to the top of Blood Mountain. We can also trek over to Slaughter Mtn for a moderate off-trail hike to its summit and experience some different views. This would add about 2-3 miles of hiking without our packs to the total mileage. We'll then return to camp where everyone is on their own for dinner. Make sure you secure your food well at night (must hang it high).
The next day, we'll break camp around 10:00 AM and hike along the AT to the Jarrard Gap trail, which will return us to Lake Winfield Scott.
There is a creek about five minutes from the camp site that we can gather water from; it typically is flowing well enough for our needs; if on the remote chance it isn't flowing, we'll need to gather water further back on the trail.
Thank you to the past trip leaders and long time friends for most of the words in this event description (Bob Bunner, Michael Johnson)! :-)
|How to Get There:|
North on GA 400. Take a left onto SR 60/19 toward Dahlonega. At the fork of SR 60 and SR 19, go straight on SR 60 to Suches. Take a right on SR 180. The entrance to the Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is on the right, approximately 7-8 miles on after you turn onto SR 180. As you drive toward the lake, past the campground, the parking lot is located on the left, just before you get to the bridge. The trailhead is located across the bridge and to your right.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||130Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||8:30 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $52.00 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.|
Parking is $5 per day.
Dogs need to be well behaved and laid back. 2 allowed, but please run it by the organizer.
Trip will not occur if unsafe driving conditions on the roads (e.g., ice); or if high percentage of rain is forecast.
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