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Hike the Wagon Train Trail to Brasstown Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Young Harris, GA   Hike: Hike the Wagon Train Trail to Brasstown Bald  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Apr 24 2016  8:00 am >> Sun, Apr 24 2016 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Apr 22 2016 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Apr 24 2016 6:00 am
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:14.6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ron Walker
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



Join me for a Sunday Hike to Brasstown Bald. We will take the less frequently used Wagon Train Trail and hike our way about 7 miles to the top of Brasstown Bald. The Wagon Train Trail (WTT) is one of the "Big 3" that go up Brasstown Bald.... the other two being the Arkaquah and Jacks Knob trails.  WTT is the longest of the three and offers a couple of good overlooks in the summer. 

Once we get to the northern end of the WTT, we will walk the paved trail to the Brasstown Bald summit and take a long lunch break.  There is also a gift shop with snacks at the parking lot. After lunch we will travel back 7 miles to our cars.

The carpool location is at the Busbee Park & Ride off Chastain Road. Let's meet just before 8am. After introductions and direction handouts we will be on the road by 8am. 


Standing 4784' above sea level with 2107' of clean prominence, Brasstown Bald is the tallest mtn in GA. The view from the observation platform is definitely one of the finest in the can see most all of the other highest peaks in GA as well as into NC, TN, and SC. 

The WTT was actually built by convict labor many years ago.  This old roadbed was the original path that Georgia highway 66 was to follow, but then the project was abandoned and it was never paved.  So it is a fairly wide path but also not used that often so there will most likely be some high grass, etc that we hike through.


WTT up - 6.6 miles 2250' ascent, 150' descent BB trail out and back - .8 mi, 400' ascent/descent WTT down - 6.6 mi 150' ascent, 2250' descent

Elevation gain:  3050 vertical feet

Distance:  14.8 miles

Given the length of the trail and the amount of elevation gain, this hike is considered strenuous.  All participants should be in excellent physical condition.  

NOTE:  This is not a good hike to attend if you have some kind of pressing deadline requiring you to return to Atlanta by a specific time.


Required Items to Bring:
  • Plenty of fluid for adequate hydration
  • Trail Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
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  • Hiking poles 
  • camera
  • Change of clothes/socks/shoes for ride home

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):202Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.80 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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