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Dismal Cove, Stroud Branch, Ramp Cove, and Georgia’s 10th Highest Peak - Double Spring Knob

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: North Ga Mountains   Hike: Dismal Cove, Stroud Branch, Ramp Cove, and Georgia’s 10th Highest Peak - Double Spring Knob  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Mar 20 2016  8:00 am >> Sun, Mar 20 2016 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Mar 17 2016 8:48 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Mar 19 2016 4:44 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:7 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
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Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



Join me for a special hike that will take us through one of Georgia's unique ecosystems to Double Spring Knob (aka Kelly Mtn). Double Spring Knob peaks at 4,280 feet and is Georgia's 10th highest peak (7th depending on the prominence criteria). To its west, lie some unique ecosystems in the northern facing coves. One of these coves, Ramp Cove, contains the greatest stand of mature Buckeye trees in the southeast - some of these giants reaching nearly 150 feet tall. The yellow buckeyes are one of the first trees to get their foliage so hopefully they'll already have leaves when we arrive.



Our hike will begin in the lower reaches of Dismal Cove. We will hike up Dismal Creek and then branch off and head up a route along Stroud Creek - a beautiful high elevation mountain creek cascading down over mossy rocks, with a few waterfalls. The upper reaches of this cove have some interesting rock formations and a boulder field. We will continue up some extremely steep terrain over rocks and boulders, gaining another 400 feet in elevation in only 2/10ths of a mile, until reaching Kelly Ridge. We'll then continue upwards along Kelly Ridge another half mile until we reach the summit of Double Spring Knob. After bagging this peak, we'll start back down Kelly Ridge and take a little side trip to Buzzard Knob, where there's a cliff that provides some clear views to the south of Tray Mtn, Brier Creek Bald, Rocky Mtn, and some others. After taking in some views, we'll head back up to the ridge and then over to Ramp Gap, where we'll begin the trek down into Ramp Cove. As mentioned above, Ramp Cove has a stand of some of the most impressive Yellow Buckeyes in the southeast and we'll pass by many of them while following a mountain stream. We will make a stop at a hidden waterfall - a short, but rugged, distance from the trail. We'll continue down the stream until we arrive back at the vehicles.


Note: This hike is about 7.5 miles and has about 2,500 feet of ascent. Approximately half of this hike is along very old logging roads, which have dead-falls in places, and half of it is completely off-trail with some very rugged and steep sections. There are also a couple creek crossings that may or may not require removing shoes/boots to cross. If you don't like some off-trail hiking, don't have good balance, or don't have a sense of adventure, then this hike probably isn't for you.

Required Items to Bring:


  • Plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
  • Lunch and/or Trail Snacks
  • Emergency rain gear (even if chance of rain is minimal)
  • Good hiking boots/shoes
  • Layered clothing to cover varying conditions
  • A change of clothes/shoes for after the hike.
  • Cash for carpool drivers
  • A sense of adventure
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Camera
  • Insect repellant
  • Towel
  • Leather gloves - I didn't run into any briers the last time I was there, but they still can be useful to move sticks out of the way.

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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.

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