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Sep 22 2008

Len Foote Hike Inn (Day 1)

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Friday 9/19/08
Trip: ~5 miles
Elevation: 3050ft (max) 2990ft (min) ~750ft (total accent)
Time: 3h 20m
Temperature: 80 F
Wind: Light breeze
Conditions: Clear skies, no precipitation, low humidity
Pack Weight: ~30lbs (overnight lodge hike)

Summary:

The Len Foote Hike Inn is only accessible via a 5 mile hike up Springer Mountain. After checking in with the Amicalola Ranger station, you park at the top of the falls and pick up the trail head on the opposite side of the parking lot. 200 yards or so off the start, the trail splits – taking the right fork leads up the Inn, the left fork will eventually spit you out on top of Springer Mountain (which is also the official start of the Appalachian Trail).


This was our first official hike using our new Kelty FC 1.0 Child Carrier. Madeline did great – she had so much stuff to watch on the trail she never got bored. Mel decided she wanted the Kelty so I carried the rest of our stuff up in my Gregory Z55. With temps in the high 70’s and almost zero humidity, the actual hike itself was very pleasant. It took about 3.5 hours for our group to make it to the inn (leisurely pace) and has several planned rest spots. The scenic views aren’t as obvious as certain parts of the AT further north but the N. Georgia forest in late summer is still magnificant.

The Inn is split into 4 levels and offers small but comfortable bunk-beds, a bath house, dining/kitchen room, and a common game/social room. Dinner/breakfast is served family style (very hearty) and everything you do or experience there is based on conservation techniques. The staff reminds you to keep all your electronic gadgets hidden or turned off for the duration of your stay and you can take a very interesting tour of the facility.

I highly recommend this easy hike for anybody in the central/north Georgia area. Plan on making reservations at least 3-6 months out.

Elevation Profile
Len Foote Hike Inn Trail

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