Length: 5.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $3.00
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Location: Northeast Georgia, In the Chattahoochee National Forest, connects Trap Rock Gap to Brasstown Bald.
Latitude: 34.8702 Longitude: -83.8102
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Trail descends along a ridge from Brasstown Bald parking lot to Track Rock Gap. There are ups and downs, some steep along the way. The final mile has several switch backs. Open ridge tops provide excellent views. This trail is within the Brasstown Wilderness for about 5 miles of its length. This trail is not blazed.
Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil
Average Grade: 8%
Elevation Low Point: 2,200
Elevation High Point: 4,350
Year Designated: 1979
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Rigorous hike, beautiful trail, nice views
My trip was from the lower end of the trail to the summit of Brasstown Bald. The beginning of the trail is very steep, probably the most difficult stage of the hike. By the time you get to the summit, you'll have traveled almost 6 miles (one way) and climbed about 2,500 feet in elevation (actual elevation gain including loss/regain is more). This length and ascent may be too much for hikers not in the best physical shape.
The best views before the summit come right after the really steep part at the beginning. But during the seasons when the trees have full leaf cover, the views are somewhat restricted. Fortunately, this same tree cover makes for a shadier hike when hot and sunny. It's still wise to use sunscreen, but very important to use insect repellent (for flying insects and ticks).
Along the trail, you may encounter a few "social trails" that go a short distance (say, to a clandestine camping spot) the come to a dead end. Just back up and seek the actual trail. The trail will come to a parking lot with several buildings just before the actual summit. There is a relatively short (less than one mile, maybe 1/2 mile or so) paved trail to the summit that is quite steep, but there are several resting places with benches. At the summit, there is a really nice visitor center (not always open, so check the hours).
Advice: back where the shops are, if you hit a time when none of the staffed shops are open, and you want a drink from a vending machine, make sure you have 1-dollar bills, and/or maybe quarters, else you can't buy a drink.
January 29, 2018
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