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.