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West Ridge of Slaughter Mtn

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 31 2015  6:30 am >> Sat, Jan 31 2015 5:45 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 21 2015 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jan 29 2015 8:00 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 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.


Interested in joining us for a little exploration of the West side of Slaughter Mtn? We will start our hike at Byron Herbert Reece parking area climb right up for about 2 miles and gain around 1350 feet to the top of Blood Mtn.

After our "warm up" we'll descend the other side and hike out to Lake Winfield Scott from where we slingshot around an head back up along Slaughter Creek Trail. The trail traverses the lower portion of Slaughter where we will leave the trail and bushwhack our way to the top of Slaughter Mtn. The steep slops will likely be an interesting challenge (leather gloves to protect your hands might be a good idea). Be prepared to improvise and explore a rarely traveled side of the mountain. 

After reaching the top, we will descend on the backside to the Coosa Backcountry Loop Trail which takes us (via the Duncan Ridge Trail) back to Blood Mtn. Following the AT northward, we will return to the Byron Herbert Reece parking area.

On the drive home, we may stop for dinner, so bring a few extra $$.

Required Items to Bring:

THIS IS AN EXPLORATORY WINTER HIKE - temperatures at this elevation and exposure can be significantly below the forecasted temperatures, so please come prepared and carry the proper winter gear!

  • hat and gloves
  • hiking boots and gaitors
  • headlamp
  • wind-proof layer (goretex or similar)
  • thick fleece or down jacket to stay warm during breaks
  • enough food to keep your energy level up
  • water (staying well hydrated is key to a pleasant winter hiking experience)
  • personal first aid - blister treatment
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • trekking poles
  • hand and foot warmers (available at REI)
  • leather gloves for bushwhacking
  • camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Sugarloaf Mills P&R, take I-85 to I-985 and head north to Gainesville. Take exit 24 and turn on GA-52W and continue in the direction of Cleveland on GA-11N/US-129N. The road continues north (direction of Vogel State Park) for 18.7 miles past Neels Gap. Turn left into the Byron Herbert Reece parking area.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):150Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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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.

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