Appalachian Trail Section Hike: Tray Mountain from Indian Graves Gap

  • March 2, 2013 · 11:00 AM

Join us for a challenging day hike and explore one of the most scenic sections of the Appalachian Trail! This hike is certain to get your heart pumping with 1,500 feet of ascent up Georgia's seventh highest peak, Tray Mountain. Winter views from the ridges and summits are stunning!  From the rocky outcrops you'll see Lake Burton, Brasstown Bald, Mt Yonah, and wave after wave of the Blue Ridge mountains.


Our hike begins with the 1,000 foot moderate ascent to Tray Gap passing through the old site known as the Cheese Factory. We'll take a brief rest at Tray Gap and then begin the 500 foot steep ascent up Tray Mountain. This portion of the trail switchbacks up a rocky section with interesting boulders all around. We'll arrive at the summit of Tray Mtn with 360 degree views from a rock outcrop where we'll enjoy the views while enjoying lunch.

Please plan on spending the entire day with us hiking and then we'll head into Helen GA for some good beer and perhaps dinner.

Required Items: Hiking Shoes and Cold Weather Hiking Attire, Water, Lunch and Snacks Recommended Items: Camera, Trekking Poles, a Smile! Cash for Dinner if you plan to join us.

Distance: 5 miles total with Elevation Gain of 1,500 feet

Rating: Moderate to strenuous due to climbs and terrain

Expected Pace: Slow to Moderate <2mph

Expected Duration: 4 hrs including time for views and lunch

Drive time: 1 1/2 hours

Carpool Location: MARTA Park and Ride at Mansell Road (GA 400 Exit 8)

Carpool Time: 09:00am with departure at 9:15am sharp. We cannot wait for those arriving late. Be gassed up and ready to depart quickly. Look for my orange Honda Fit.

Carpool Costs: Please be courteous and share in the expense of driving. Distance is 140 miles round trip. Suggested cost share is $6 per person based on 20mpg and 4 persons per vehicle.

Note: Please dress for cold weather hiking. We will be on ridges and summits a great deal of time. Head cover and wind breakers are strongly recommended. There is the possibility of snow or ice in the higher elevations.

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  • D S Hess

    Great hike, and wonderful snow views! Nice meeting new people as well! Thank you Dante!

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great The snow added to an incredible hike with fantastic views in all directions. Thanks Dante

    March 3, 2013

  • Frances

    Absolutely beautiful.

    March 2, 2013

  • Deborah

    Beautiful views on those photos and happy hikers! I am officially jealous. I want to do this trail when it warms up a bit.

    March 2, 2013

  • Samantha

    This hike was awesome. It was just beautiful and fantastic company. What's a little cold and snow among friends? :-)

    March 2, 2013

  • Chris Werth

    Great hike and great group of people.

    March 2, 2013

  • Chris Werth

    Great day, even with the snow. Really good to meet everyone.

    March 2, 2013

  • Bill X

    Today's hike was the great! Glad to know everyone. Dante, please orgnize a trip to the table top mountain asap. I am definitely in. Donna, I did not get the picture. Would you please send it to me again? My email is [masked]. Thanks a lot.

    March 2, 2013

  • Nancy

    Great hike, great people. What's a little snow and cold!

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • D S Hess

    Is everyone still going tomorrow? Is anyone else meeting around 400 close to the outlet malls in Dawsonville?

    March 1, 2013

    • Chris Werth

      Still going, rain or shine. I'm planning on meeting the group at the park & ride in Alpharetta. Not sure if we'll be passing through Dawsonville.

      March 1, 2013

    • Dante

      Yes we're still on if you are prepared for the cold and possible light snow. See above for carpool info.

      March 2, 2013

  • Samantha

    I will be meeting the group at the park and ride in Alpharetta.

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Change in plans.

    March 1, 2013

  • Lisa

    Thanks Dante for the update! I was On the waiting list as well but during this past week a promotional modeling job came up for Saturday for a few hours I won't be able to make it. I hope the weather is nice for you that are going and be safe if it does snow or sleet or rain please be careful out there!!!

    March 1, 2013

  • Debbie L

    I'm watching the weather and may not go if it is snowy or rainy.

    March 1, 2013

  • Deborah

    Thanks for your reply Dante. Much appreciated. As much as I am up for a hiking workout and beautiful vistas, I am not eager for a possibly icy, curvy road to or from Chattanooga to trailhead. I will change my rsvp and hope someone else can join you.

    March 1, 2013

  • Kelly

    This must be a popular hike this weekend- another group I'm in is doing it too so I'll let someone else have this spot to enjoy it as well!

    February 27, 2013

    • Dante

      Which other group is going? Maybe we can all go for drinks later!

      March 1, 2013

    • Alex T, PhD

      I do not think that any other group is going, most likely a subterfuge

      March 1, 2013

  • Dante

    Folks, please check your email shortly for updates on the hike tomorrow. It will be COLD and there is a chance of some spot rain/sleet/snow.

    March 1, 2013

  • John George

    Sorry have to pull out as I discovered I have a roof leak and have to get a roofer to visit Sat morning. Hopefully someone who wants to go can take my spot.

    March 1, 2013

  • D S Hess

    Know it's last minute but can I still get in on this hike?

    March 1, 2013

  • Karen Scullion

    So sorry for the last minute change. Last minute family obligations. Have a great time.

    February 28, 2013

  • Nancy

    Sorry so late with this change. My friend had a death in her family and can no longer come.

    February 27, 2013

  • Steve Harris

    oops. signed up for two events. my bad

    February 26, 2013

    • Dante

      Thanks for updating your RSVP! Appreciate that your courteous.

      February 27, 2013

  • Samantha

    Yeah!!! I'm excited.

    1 · February 19, 2013

    • Rhonda

      You are going to become addicted, Samantha. Just you watch. :)

      February 24, 2013

  • Deborah

    Will you be posting the trailhead? I'd be coming from Chattanooga not Atlanta.

    February 18, 2013

    • Dante

      I'll email them to you directly.

      February 19, 2013

  • Dante

    Hope to see some of you at the social on Tuesday!
    http://atlanta.outdoorclubsouth...­

    February 17, 2013

  • Dante

    Glad to see the hike has filled up! If you're plans have changed please be sure to update your RSVP. Being a 'no show' is not cool as it keeps others from coming.

    February 17, 2013

  • wanda hembree

    sounds like fun!

    February 16, 2013

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