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Wayah Bald - West of Franklin, NC

  • Oct 26, 2013 · 7:45 AM
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Let's meet at the Park-n-Ride in Buford.  Should get to the trailhead around 10AM.  Driving distance from the park-n-ride to the trailhead is about 110 miles. 

Hike AT trail to Wayah Bald. Approximately 8.6 to 9.0 miles round trip. Trail is mostly uphill for the first two miles.  Then some up and down with 2-3 nice views before the Bald.  Panoramic view on the Bald.  

Note:We will be hiking at about 2 mph or slightly faster.  If you cannot hike at this pace, the hike is not for you.  Sunset is at approximately 6:45PM, plan to be off the trail by 5PM and still have a time buffer before dark.  Do not want to hike in the dark. 

Bring a lunch, trail mix, snacks, water.

Hiking boots, hiking poles, rain gear.  If you have a head light, pack it as a precaution.  Or a small flash light.  I will have a head light and two small flash lights.  Weather forecast will change, looking at sunny, low 30's to mid 50s.  So wear layers if the forecast holds true.  Hike will be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather.    

After hike dinner in Clayton.  A couple options are Mama G's and Universal Joint.

My cell number is[masked]-4072.

More info later.




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  • Sonja

    Thanks Steve and all for making me feel welcome. Can't wait to hike with you all again.

    2 · October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    perfect company for a first timer - thank you all for such a warm welcome to the group!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Dee

    Perfect way to spend a Saturday...hiking with a new group of friends! Thanks Steve for organizing!

    1 · October 27, 2013

  • Debbie L

    It was a great hike on a beautiful day! As always Steve, you plan the best hikes. Great pace too! It's nice making new friends in this great group!

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Sharon F.

    Wonderful hike. The day was a little cold but the company was warm :)
    Thanks Steve for leading us well!

    2 · October 26, 2013

  • Eugene B.

    Great hike with our harem of beautiful ladies, thanks everyone also.

    2 · October 26, 2013

  • Steve

    Fun hike with a group of fun people. Thanks everyone for the great time.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Tricia

    i'm sorry but i got a late start and won't be there in time to join you. embarrassed, but have fun. it's supposed to be beautiful!

    October 26, 2013

  • Nick B

    I won't be able to make it on Saturday. Have a good hike and stay warm :)

    October 24, 2013

    • Steve

      See you on the next hike.

      October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    correction, I will meet at the Buford meet up point. I misunderstood the two different locations, my apologies! Any problems there?

    October 25, 2013

    • Steve

      See you at 7:45

      October 25, 2013

  • Sarah

    Steve I'm sorry but something came up wuth my son I am going to have to cancel. Sorry

    October 25, 2013

    • Steve

      Sarah, No problem. Hope all is well. Will see you on the next hike.

      October 25, 2013

    • Sarah

      Definitely will be on the next one :-) hated to miss this one :-(

      October 25, 2013

  • Steve

    Going to be very chilly to start. Upper 20's to about 30. Temps will be in the 30's, 40's for most of the hike. May want to bring light gloves, head covering if you are the cool type person.

    Will be at Clayton Ingles around 9AM. As of now, 5-6 meeting at Buford. May be 2 drivers from Buford. Five meeting at Ingles. Will need at least one driver from the Ingles group. All depends who shows up at Buford.

    I have a Honda Coupe and can take 3 with me.

    October 25, 2013

    • Steve

      Deb, sent you an email. i-85 to i985. Go to exit 4, highway 20. up the ramp, turn left. cross over 985 and turn left at the light by qwik trip. Satellite Blvd, go to Horizon, turn left and then left into the parking lot. red honda accord coupe.

      October 25, 2013

    • Debbie L

      Thanks Steve!

      October 25, 2013

  • Sarah

    Sorry

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be at ingles! See you then

    October 24, 2013

  • cheryl h.

    Sorry plans have changed....need to cancel for 3 spots we were on the waiting list.

    October 24, 2013

  • Steve

    Saturday temperature range:

    10AM 30 deg
    5PM 52 deg

    Wind around 5-6 mph

    October 24, 2013

  • Janette

    Have a conflict and need to pass on this one. I know it's going to be a great hike with fantastic fall color! Enjoy, and take lots of pictures!

    October 22, 2013

    • Sarah

      Hope all is ok, will miss you

      2 · October 22, 2013

  • Sonja

    Hey, I'll meet you guys at Ingles at 9:00am.

    October 22, 2013

  • Eugene B.

    Ill be at ingles

    October 21, 2013

  • Tricia

    hello steve! i just read this section after emailing you. i see now that it's cool to just meet at the trailhead. yay! i'll be seeing you guys at 10am, this saturday. :)

    October 21, 2013

    • Steve

      Tricia, sent you an email.

      October 21, 2013

  • Steve

    Forecast for Saturday is sunny, low 30's to start the hike, warming into the mid-50's. Wear layers and avoid a cotton base layer. Will probably need two drivers at Buford and two at Clayton. As of Monday eve, there are 5-6 meeting in Clayton at the Ingles and 6-7 meeting at the Buford park n ride. Don't plan on going single to the trailhead. Parking is limited.

    I have room for three in the car. Should be at Ingles approx 9AM.

    October 21, 2013

  • Dee

    I'm coming from Blairsville but not sure where the trail head is so ill plan to meet n follow from Clayton also. What time should I plan to be at ingles?

    October 20, 2013

    • Steve

      Be at the Clayton Ingles by 9AM.

      October 21, 2013

  • Ricardo

    I wish I could go to this one. :( Will be to many hours and have to be home early.

    October 17, 2013

  • Eugene B.

    steve will you be driving thru clayton to franklin, sense i live in clayton, i was thinking i could meet with you at ingles gas station there and then follow you guys

    August 27, 2013

    • Steve

      Yes, go thru Clayton. And will most likely stop at Ingles. Has been a stopping place for other hikes. And there is a possibility of one or two other driving directly to the Ingles. I will definitely post a follow-up when we get closer to the hike date.

      August 27, 2013

  • Lea W.

    Since I live in Ellijay, I will meet you at the trailhead at 10 am.

    August 5, 2013

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