Georgia AT Section Neels Gap - Hogpen Gap

  • March 1, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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Note:  Please review hike information prior to RSVP.  Hike will start at Hogpen Gap.  To avoid doing a shuttle, this will be an out and back hike and will be approximately 13 miles.  Hogpen Gap to Neels Gap and back. 

 This section of the AT has several overlook views.

This will be a difficult hike, even if we go slow. If you are not capable of doing a long hike with elevation gains over 2,600 feet do NOT attempt this hike.  If you are an experienced hiker, I would ask that you keep within the group to help with the new hikers.

Bring a lunch, trail mix, snacks, water.

Be sure to bring hiking poles, hiking boots, rain gear just in case it rains never know about the weather.  Bring some light gloves, head covering.  Also bring a small flashlight even though the hike should be completed well before dark. 

We will meet at the Buford Park and Ride Exit 4 at I-985 and Highway 20, to give people a chance to carpool, to save the expense and time. Normally the cost is computed by total mileage of trip, divided by mpg of vehicle driven and then divided between riders.  Some clubs use .32 per mile, but regardless it‘s cheaper to carpool than to drive yourself.  PLEASE help your driver with gas expenses on the trip. 

We will leave the park-n-ride at 8AM.  Be there before 8.  Will make a stop at Ingles in Cleveland.  Should be at Ingles approx 9AM.  If you are planning on meeting at Ingles, be there by 9AM.

Directions to trailhead from Cleveland - At the intersection of Hwy 129/11 and Hwy 75, take Hwy 129/11 north for approximately 3 miles. Turn right on Hwy 75A. Travel on 75A for approximately 5.9 miles to Hwy 348 (Richard Russell Scenic Hwy). Turn left on Hwy 348 and drive up the mountain for approximately 6.9 to 7.0 miles. The paved parking lot will be on the right.

This will be an out and back hike starting at Hogpen Gap.  If you are driving directly to the trailhead, by there around 9:15 - 9:20.  Should get the hike started 9:30 to 9:45.

Hogpen Gap

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  • Giselle

    Great hike. Thanks everyone for being kind to my aunt especially Steve and Gary. Thanks for encouraging her! See some of you at the end of the month at Mt.LaConte!

    2 · March 2, 2014

    • Steve

      Giselle, thanks for helping with the short shuttle. Lupe did great for a first hike.

      1 · March 3, 2014

  • Gary C

    Giselle- Be sure to thank Lupe for me. I hit the wall on the final Mtn and the thought of her super human effort inspired me to crawl up and over that big Mtn. She was my super hero of the day!

    3 · March 2, 2014

  • Steve

    Everyone, Fun hike and long hike. Thanks for coming. Only have a few pics, will post if they look ok.

    2 · March 2, 2014

  • Christine G.

    I will meet everyone at the trailhead.

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Steve

    Buford Park n Ride - be there before 8AM, I will be leaving at 8. Anyone meeting at Ingles, be there by 9AM. We will leave Ingles about 9:10 or so. If you can, post a note where you plan to meet. Mansell, Buford, Ingles, or going directly to the trailhead. Thanks

    February 28, 2014

    • Steve

      I will be driving a black dodge ram 1500.

      February 28, 2014

    • Lars

      I'll meet you at PnR, Buford.

      February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I tried to drop out yesterday but couldn't get to the site. I was asked to come to work. I hope you all have fun.

    February 28, 2014

  • Gary C

    Debbie L and Diane: Mansell P&R depart 745 to get to Clev Ingles by 9. Will follow others
    to trailhead.

    February 26, 2014

    • Debbie L

      I will be there by 7:30.

      February 26, 2014

  • Jenny W

    Steve, something came up unexpectedly, so i need to cancel this hike.... wish all of you have a great hike!

    February 26, 2014

  • wanda h.

    anyone know if those of us on waiting list have a shot at going? thanks...Wanda

    February 24, 2014

    • Teresa

      I just changed my RSVP to no and so a slot has opened. Was really looking forward to this hike but I need to attend a just-scheduled memorial service on Sat afternoon. Hope everyone has a great hike!

      1 · February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you guys there.

    February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dang it, I just realized as I was added to the hike that this is conflicting with something else that I have going on Saturday. That'll teach me to check my schedule first. I'm looking forward to the next hike though.

    February 24, 2014

  • Trinh D.

    I'll be at burford for carpooling

    February 24, 2014

  • Steve

    Updated hike info. This will be an out and back starting at Hogpen Gap. Directions, meet up time, hike essentials are also listed. I am still meeting at the Buford Park-n-Ride, leaving there at 8AM. If Mansell Park-n-Ride works better for some, post info to see others may want to meet there. I will make a stop at Ingles in Cleveland, be there by 9AM if you plan on meeting at Ingles.

    1 · February 22, 2014

    • Giselle

      I'll meet you at Buford carpool too

      February 22, 2014

    • Lars

      Steve, I'll also meet you at Buford carpool area.

      February 23, 2014

  • Debbie L

    Hey Steve. I'm all for doing the hike out and back rather than shuttling the cars (if you are looking for votes). I'm trying to work on my endurance.

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Giselle

      I vote for no shuttling as well.

      1 · February 19, 2014

    • Steve

      Will most likely stay with the out and back. Saturday the 15th, SR 348 going up to Hogpen from the east was closed. Downed pine trees. I may drive up this weekend to check if it still closed. May have to do out and back starting at Neels Gap. Will post info later this weekend.

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • Christine G.

    Hello Steve, As I live close to the mountains, would it be possible for me to meet at trail head at Hogpen Gap? Thanks.

    February 7, 2014

    • Steve

      Yes, you can meet at the trailhead.

      February 7, 2014

  • Jenny W

    Steve, what is the estimated return time?

    February 6, 2014

    • Steve

      Jenny, Out and back, be finished hiking about 4:30.

      February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    When are rsvps opening?
    I would like to be on it.

    February 2, 2014

    • Steve

      RSVP open Feb 6 at 8AM.

      1 · February 3, 2014

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