Explorer | 30 pts
For what ever reason, I never hiked in my lifetime; I am plus size woman in my late 40's , non-smoker, sometimes asthmatic and can be active on occasion:).
The reason I'm telling you this is, if you are worried about how strenuos this trail is - it is in short spurts. Just take your time and keep a steady pace. I had to remind myself this is not a race. I took breaks probably 5-10 times on steep inclines but all in all, it's a nice scenic hike! Took 2 hrs 45 min to get to Hike Inn.
We started out at Amicalola Park at 1pm, it was 55+ degrees and clear blue skies. I wore mid-weight jeans, shirt w/ tank underneath, Injinji socks (cushy anti-blister socks), Keen Venice Sandals, trekking poles from Target ( helped greatly).
My 12 lb backpack (Target) contained (lightweight moisture wicking fabrics)
LandsEnd winter jacket , thin fleece vest, extra tanktop, Long sleeve tee, sunglasses, rain poncho packet, 1 oz 45 SPF gel, 3 bottles water mixed w/ pedialyte, 8 Advil, 8 Benadryl, 1 oz bug spray, bear spray, mini tootbrush/paste, comb & lipgloss & Aspercreme.
The Hike Inn will provide warm rooms, blankets, hot showers / towels, soap and hot meals! The hike back down is ridiculously easy - I'm going again soon!