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Cohutta Mountain Loop Hike - East Cowpen, Hickory Ridge, Beech Bottom & Rough Ridge
|Event Location:||Cohutta Wilderness Area|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Aug 1 2015 7:00 am >> Sat, Aug 1 2015 7:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Jul 29 2015 8:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Jul 31 2015 10:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||12 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Mike Pawloski|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
The Cohutta Wilderness covers 36,977 acres (about 60 square miles) that spill over the Georgia/Tennessee border and lie within the 95,265-acre Cohutta Wildlife Management Area. It was designated as a wilderness in 1975. Hemp Top was added in 1986, making this the third largest mountain wilderness area in the East.
I've done this as a backpack and have thought it would be fun to do as a day hike.
Please note this event covers a demanding route. If you have not completed a recent D5 hike/backpack or we have not been on an event previously, expect to have a conversation regarding fitness and capabilities.
This loop will traverse four trails - East Cowpen, Hickory Ridge, Beech Bottom and Rough Ridge. The hike in and descent down Hickory Ridge is steep. Once at Beech Bottom. we'll cross the Jack's River twice. We'll lunch around here, swim, rest, and then continue along Rough Creek and Rough Ridge, hiking our way back to the parking lot.
Hydration will be of utmost importance. 3 L of water is recommended. Also, we may encounter yellow jackets so if you have a bee allergy please make sure you carry an EpiPen.
In the Notes section below is a map of the route, Concurrent Mapping and Localization (CML) points, an elevation profile, and some trail signage we'll encounter.
|How to Get There:|
Three Forks Parking Area Coordinates are 34.8815613, -84.5658722
Directions: From Atlanta, GA: Take I-75 to I-575, and follow I-575 up into North Georgia. I-575 will become Route 515. In Elijay, take a left onto Soule Bridge, and immediately another left onto GA Route 52. In downtown Elijay, take the second exit to the right on the roundabout. Follow GA 52 for 5.2 miles until Gates Chapel Road. Turn right onto Gates Chapel Road and follow it for 5.4 miles. When pavement will end, keep right onto Wilderness Trl. Follow it for 1.5 miles, and then take a right onto Old CCC Camp Road. Follow it for 3.2 miles to the top of the mountain and USFS 64. Turn right onto USFS 64, and follow it for 4.2 miles until you will see a large parking lot on the left of the road, while the road itself sharply switchbacks to the right. This is Dally Gap.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||150Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||7:00 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
|Carpool Directions:||Log in for directions|
|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.|
Dotted with place names like Crooked Dog Gap and Rough Creek, this 15.5-mile route mixes rugged ridgeline
CML001 Location: 34.8815613, -84.5658722
CML002 Location: 34.8852959, -84.5707321
CML003 Location: 34.9073372, -84.5796661
CML004 Location: 34.9329491, -84.5826797
CML005 Location: 34.9384308, -84.5780411
CML006 Location: 34.9689865, -84.5712128
CML007 Location: 34.9699326, -84.5683899
CampsiteLocation: 34.9689903, -84.5648193
CML008 Location: 34.9693756, -84.5659027
CML009 Location: 34.9631729, -84.556778
CML010 Location: 34.9504128, -84.5650253
CML011 Location: 34.9343452, -84.562294
CML012 Location: 34.9119568, -84.561615
Here's an elevation profile of the hike:
Here's a sign at the intersection of Rough Ridge Trail and Jack's River Trail which we will encounter after our second Jack's River crossing.
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