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Sawnee Mountain Preserve Mountainside Trail System

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 2505 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road, Cumming, GA 30040   Hike: Sawnee Mountain Preserve Mountainside Trail System  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 26 2017  11:00 am >> Sun, Feb 26 2017 1:30 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 20 2017 11:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Feb 26 2017 10:45 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:6.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Sue M.
Gayle M.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Please join us for a beautiful hike at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. We will be hiking at a moderate but steady pace through an oak/birch forest at lower levels, switching to pine near the top.  If you have hiked D2s in the past and are ready for elevation this is the hike for you. 

If you are looking for a faster fitness hike then this is not the hike for you.

We will begin our hike on the Ridgeline Trail to the Mountainside Trail Loop. We will make our way counterclockwise on the Mountainside Trail Loop. There are a few areas on the northern side that cross small creeks, but the trail is mostly non-technical. There are several rocky sections & rolling sections, and at times the trail descends/ascends a bit steeply, but most of those portions are short lived, There are some inclines that are long but not too steep. We will return back to the parking lot via the Hilltop Trail. 

Please arrive 15 minutes early to use the bathroom facilities, do our introductions and to learn a little history about Sawnee Mountain. Out of respect for the majority of people who arrive on time, we will leave PROMPTLY at 11:00 am..

Sawnee Mountain Preserve is 963 acres and offers 11 miles of wooded trails for walkers, runners and hikers to explore the mountain. Trail options range from easy to difficult. Along with the trails and Indian Seats, the preserve also offers a tree canopy classroom, playground, two picnic pavilions, climbing area, amphitheater and visitor center. The Visitor Center features interactive exhibits on the natural and cultural histories of Sawnee Mountain and a resource library/lounge for visitors to relax and read. The newest phase (Mountainside Trail System) of Forsyth County’s Sawnee Mountain Preserve opened Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.


Required Items to Bring:


Good hiking boots/shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles if you use them on hilly terrain

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Sawnee Mountain Preserve Park Bettis-Tribble Gap Road Parking Lot

2505 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road                                   GPS Coordinates ~

Cumming GA    30040                                             34.2439961, -84.14093539999999


Take GA-400 North

Take EXIT 17 towards Gainsville

Turn LEFT onto GA-306 West & go 0.5 miles

Turn RIGHT onto State Barn Road & go 0.6 miles

Turn RIGHT onto GA-9 North & go 0.4 miles

Turn LEFT onto Spot Road & go 2.3 miles

Turn LEFT on Bettis-Tribble Gap Road & go 0.9 miles

The parking lot will be on your right


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