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The weather looks great for Sunday so let’s hike! This classic Georgia Appalachian Trail hike racks up 13 moderately difficult out-and-back miles, and scales multiple view-packed mountain summits, scoring views of nearby Yonah Mountain. The only mountain our group has ever been able to identify. :-) This hike starts at the Byron Reece Trail trail head. The BRT reaches the Appalachian Trail at .6 mile at Flatrock Gap. We turn left and stay on the AT crossing the paved highway through Neels Gap at 1.6 miles, reaching the historic stone Walasi-Yi Center. (Neels Gap, Neel Gap: it’s one on official trail maps, the other on signs.) We will wait under the ‘shoe tree’ for everyone to catch up before we continue on the AT. Expect lots of switch backs and rolling elevation. (see elevation profile) The trail reaches the summit of Wolf Laurel Top Mountain at 5.1 miles. A side trail departs trail right, looping to a prime campsite at the mountain’s summit with spectacular views. After taking in the views, we continue the final 1.4 mile stretch to the Cowrock summit which we will reach at 6.5 miles. This is our lunch spot. After lunch we retrace our steps with a stop at Mountain Crossings at the Walasi-Yi Center before returning to our cars. Hike starts promptly at 10 AM from the Byron Reece Trail trail head so be on time. GPS COORDINATES [masked], [masked] // N[masked] W[masked]
We will depart the Ellijay Walmart at 9 AM. The hike starts at 9:45 AM. This hike will be a combination AT and BMT trails, 4 miles on the AT (white rectangular blaze) and 6 miles on the BMT (white diamond blaze). The hike will have approximately 3 miles of uphill climb mostly on the AT. AT Trail We will start at the Springer Mountain parking area off of Forest Service Rd. 42. The first mile will be uphill to the AT and BMT Southern Terminus. BMT Trail The next 6 miles are on the BMT, most of this is rolling downhill. We will stop at the Owens Overlook at the 1.3 mile mark. Early last fall when we stopped everyone got stung by Yellow Jackets, we won't have that problem at this time of year. We will crisscross the AT 3 times until we reach the Three Forks area at FS 58. We will stop for lunch here. AT Trail Back on the AT, this will be the toughest part of the hike, we will have 2+ miles of uphill before it flattens out towards the parking lot.
We will reach the Grassy Mountain Tower using a combination of the Tibbs Trail and the Emery Creek Trail, passing Emery Creek Falls and Lake Conasauga on the way. There may be a small amount of bushwhacking to avoid crossing Holly Creek. Meet in front of Cabela's at I-75 and Hwy 92 at 7 AM.
This will be a point to point shuttle hike mostly on the Duncan Ridge Trail. We will start at Wolfpen Gap and will climb up to Coosa Bald. From there we will enjoy the not so gently rolling nature of the trail as we ascend & descend through several knobs, gaps, stomps & mountains. After descending Rhodes Mt, we'll hit the BMT which we'll take down to Skeenah Gap. 19 miles, somewhere between 4 & 5K of climbing. Ought to be a decent workout. We'll meet at the Blue Ridge Ingles and will then drop a car (or two depending on attendees) at Skeenah Gap. We'll continue over to Wolfpen Gap where we'll jump on the the DRT. Once we get to Skeenah Gap, we'll pop back over to Wolfpen to grab the vehicles we left there. It will take about an hour from Ingles to the trail head with the car dropping. Goal is to be on the trail before 9:30. Ingles Market is in the location. Skeenah Gap https://goo.gl/maps/avERxWQsbdB2 Wolfpen Gap https://goo.gl/maps/sguF18mbAX52 Route map: https://caltopo.com/m/E33D