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{Conservation Outings} Nov-17-2014: Cooper Creek Photo Outing

NOTE: THIS OUTING IS FULL AND HAS A WAITING LIST. Join Sierra Club outings leader and nature photographer Larry Winslett for a photo outing in the Cooper Creek watershed area of north Georgia. As some of you may know the Forest Service is planning extensive logging and burning in this ecologically sensitive area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. This is an outing with purpose, we want to photographically document some of this beautiful area prior to any Forest Service actions. So experienced photographers needed! The hiking in this outing will be moderate to strenuous. There may be some in-stream hiking. Bring your photo gear and waders. This outing will last all day, starting with meet-up at 8am. We will meet at 8am at Dannys Restaurant on Hwy. 60 near Dahlonega, 1203 So. Chestatee, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533. We will have breakfast and depart from there to Cooper Creek as a group. REGISTRATION: To sign up or for more information, contact Larry Winslett,, or 404-375-8405. LEVEL: Strenuous. LIMIT: 6 persons. This is a hard limit for this outing because of the logistics involved. For more on Cooper Creek see the current Georgia Sierran


{Other Trips} Nov-23-2014: Silver Comet Trail Bike Ride

DATE: Sunday, Nov-23-2014. TIME: 9:45am - 1:00pm. LEADER: Terri Lyde - 678-770-9664 , . LEVEL: Easy. LOCATION: Smyrna Bicycles off of East-West Connect near the intersection of South Cobb Drive and East-West Connector. Small shopping center next door to the Publix. Exact address is 4624 Camp Highland Rd Se Suite 400, Smyrna, GA.


{Backpacking} Nov-15-2014 to Nov-16-2014: AT: Hog Pen Gap to Low Gap Shelter

This portion of the AT starts at Hogpen Gap (elev. 3,450 ft) (GA Hwy 348 parking lot). We will hike 4.2 miles to the AT shelter at Low Gap (elev. 2,990 ft). The trail goes through a nice hardwood forest of hickory, white oak, poplar and maple trees, with nice views along the trail especially after most leaves have fallen. The trail goes over White Oak Stamp, Strawberry Top, Poor Mountain, and Sheep Rock Top before heading down to Low Gap shelter (sleeps up to 7 hikers). The high elevation of the day is 3,625 feet. There is a privy near the shelter, and a spring and stream nearby. The next morning, we hike back out the same way to the parking lot at Hogpen Gap. This provisional hike, co-led by myself (Jake Hardison) and Moshe Jacobson, will allow me to complete my Outdoor Leadership Training 201 (Overnight) certification through the Sierra Club. I am choosing to open this hike only to those who have had some previous backpacking experience and own all of the necessary lightweight gear and proper hiking boots. I will be happy to share a packing list with you as well. Since the trip is in November, please be prepared for cold or wet weather. Please contact me for information and registration for this backpacking trip. I can reached at the following telephone number: (770-904-4893) or by email (Monday - Friday) at Depending on the weather forecast for that weekend, I may reschedule the trip for another date. Limit: 7 . Level: Moderate. Registration Required before November 11, 2014 6:00 PM.


{Dayhikes} Nov-15-2014: Mistletoe State Park Hike

DATE: Saturday, Nov-15-2014. TIME: 9:45am. LEVEL: Moderate. DESCR: This is a seven mile hike, rated easy except for length. The hike is up and down with a few creek crossings to add excitement, a good workout. Bring sufficient fluids, something to eat, backpack to keep hands free, perhaps a walking stick, and camera. For more details and to signup, contact Richard Dillenbeck at (706)-869-8770 ,


{Dayhikes} Nov-23-2014: Pre-Gobble Gobble Hike

Pre-Turkey Day Hike - 7 miles - Fort Yargo State Park. DATE: Sunday, November 23, 2014. TIME: 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM... Work off some of the Thanksgiving Day calories in advance! Come along on an easy-to-moderate, 7-mile hike at Fort Yargo State Park, near Winder, just off State Route 316 between Lawrenceville and Athens... Fort Yargo State Park is a hidden gem surrounding a large lake. If you haven't been there before, you'll discover more opportunities for water sports, fishing, mountain biking, and camping. There's even a small village of yurts (the Mongolian nomad-style dwellings, updated and modernized) available to rent... Our hiking terrain is fairly gentle, but the distance can challenge your stamina, so bring a day pack, plenty of water, snacks, and lunch. We will stop for lunch around the half-way point on the trail at the dam, which provides a beautiful view of the lake... Enter at the parks main entrance. There is a $ 5.00 fee per day, payable a the gate or in the ranger station, where you can also grab a trail map and get other park information. From the main gate, continue down the hill to the Nature Center on your left, which will be the trail head. Turn in and park; we will assemble by one of the large park maps. Your group leader, Pete Johnson, will have on a bright orange day pack... Please try to arrive around 9:30 a.m. so that we can have our trailhead briefing and start promptly at 10:00 a.m. To scope out the trail in advance, here is a link to a park map. We will be on the Yellow Trail for most of the hike... Group size is limited to 12 attendees, so sign up soon, and get a jump on holiday season fitness and fresh air! We will make a weather call the day prior and reschedule in case the weather turns bad... CONTACT Pete Johnson, group leader:, or cell/text 770.241.1723. I look forward to seeing you there! Registration Required before November 22, 2014 12:00 AM


{Other Trips} Dec-07-2014: Augusta Canal Bike Ride

DATE: Sunday, Dec-7-2014. TIME: 10:30am. LEVEL: Moderate. DESCR: Join us for a leisurely bike ride downtown along the Augusta canal and back. Lunch downtown. Helmets are required. Meet at the old dam. Contact Larry (706)-825-7395


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Sign Up for a GA Sierra Club Outing!

Chapter-sponsored trips are organized and led each month. There are day trips, backpacking trips, kayaking trips, service trips, camping trips, canoe trips... the list goes on. These are made possible through our outings leaders' efforts and through Club programs like Inner City Outings (ICO) and One Club. So when you have a few days to spare, come join us! For a listing of upcoming activities, see Current Outings. If you have any questions, see our FAQ, the trip ratings page, or contact an outing leader.


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