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The Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain

  • Mar 10, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Who's Up For A Challenge ?

Let's head to the Gahuti !



Hike Distance: 8.2 miles

Rating: Moderate to difficult

Distance from Chattanooga: roughly 1 hour

Fees/Costs: $5 parking fee per vehicle if you don't have a Georgia State Park Pass

Items to Bring: PLENTY of water and snacks/lunch.  This hike will burn some calories, so please be sure to bring some replenishment.  Hiking boots/shoes strongly recommended. Trekking poles are optional; if you have them, you'll want to bring them.

Hike Leader: Barbara



This hike can be a challenging hike, and is NOT for the beginner.


There are numerous up and down climbs. We are not looking to rush the hike, though, and plan to take rest breaks as needed, so don't shy away if you like to hike.   You'll miss some great views if you do.  We're more about having a good time out in the environment.  Definitely be sure to bring PLENTY of water, though.


The Gahuti Trail that we will be hiking is a very well marked 8.2 mile trail overlooking the Cohutta Wilderness.  There are also a few flowing creeks that you will see, though you will not have to get wet crossing them. There are some foot bridges that you will utilize to cross them.


NO SHOWS: As with all Meetup's, please be polite -- if you are a YES RSVP, please show up. If you can't make it, change your YES to a NO as soon as possible. Don't be a "no-show!" crying

WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, check this event page before you take off for Fort Mountain State Park!



Those interested in CARPOOLING from Chattanooga:

Please meet at the Costco in Ringgold, GA (100 Cobb Pkwy  Ringgold, Georgia) no later than 8:45am. It is right by the interstate, so easy to find.  Park in the area nearest the entrance to the parking lot, furthest from the doors. The group will need to depart by 8:55 am.  If you are not at the carpool by that time, you will be responsible for getting to Fort Mountain State Park on your own.


For those carpooling, PLEASE be courteous and respectful to those that drive by contributing to the cost of gas to your driver.



Hike Leader Contact Info

Barbara  [masked]


Please remember to change your clocks one hour ahead.

This is the day we spring forward.


Please arrive early or on time

so as not to hold up the group

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  • Karen M.

    Oh man that hike was challenging. I loved it! Thanks Barbara and Charles for taking care of me...

    March 11, 2013

    • Barbara P. M.

      You are welcome, Karen. What are hikig buddies for?

      March 11, 2013

  • Barbara P. M.

    Hope everyone enjoyed the hike as much as I did. Great group. As Carl mentioned, it was a challenging hike, but a beautiful day for a hike in the mountains. Happy trails to all!

    2 · March 10, 2013

    • Carl W

      Thanks for leading, Barbara! You picked a winner.

      1 · March 10, 2013

    • Melissa

      I really enjoyed it...great trail! Thanks Barbara!

      March 10, 2013

  • Carl W

    Very challenging hike indeed! While not as steep as Disney Trail, it was far longer, with downs that were as tough on the toes as ups were on the legs! Plus very rocky and tree roots everywhere. Nevertheless, very nice weather and scenery, and great people with whom to hike, as usual. Pics coming soon.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Carl W

    Barbara, can you clarify where we will be meeting within the park? By clicking on "Map" above, there's a particular spot identified which does not appear to be near either the trailhead or parking. Are we going to meet by the trailhead that is identified on the PDF map at this web address?:

    Thanks, Carl

    March 9, 2013

  • Michele

    Don't forget to change your clocks tonight! I saw this reminder on another meetup--I had forgotten about the time change.

    March 9, 2013

    • Carl W

      Although I had a great m/c ride down today to Fort Mountain State Park, I've decided to go by car tomorrow. Do you want me to pick you up?

      March 9, 2013

  • Deborah

    I 'd like to carpool please. My car is tired and needs a rest. Happy to kick in for gas!

    March 1, 2013

    • Carl W

      If I drive my car, you'd be welcome to ride along. I'm kind of hoping for good motorcycle riding weather though, but I'm not counting on it.

      March 2, 2013

    • Jeannie

      Deborah, want me to pick you up? :-)

      March 9, 2013

  • Barry k. S.

    I have a work commitment now..I would love to go but want others waiting to take advantage of this..<3 b

    March 3, 2013

  • Colleen

    I am disappointed to miss this hike...while on the waitlist, I was confirmed for another hike, on the same day...hope this hike will happen again sometime!

    March 2, 2013

  • Deborah

    Are we planning to do that little 1 mile extra piece to the overlook after the main trail?

    March 1, 2013

    • Barbara P. M.

      Planning to do the entire loop. There are several nice overlooks!

      March 1, 2013

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