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Arkaquah Trail to Brasstown Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Track Rock Gap near Blairsville, GA   Hike:  Arkaquah Trail to Brasstown Bald   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 19 2019  7:00 am >> Sat, Jan 19 2019 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jan 8 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 18 2019 10:00 am
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chuck R
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The Arkaquah Trail is one of the 3 trails that summits The Brasstown Bald (4,783 ft). It is one of North Georgia's steepest extended grades! We will park at the Track Rock Gap (2280 ft) parking lot just south of the Petroglyphs Rocks. This will be an out and back with blue blaze trail. Our hike will began at the Arkaquah Trail in the Brasstown Bald Wilderness. We will crest the Buzzard Roost Ridge at 1.5 mile with a Mountain travel of 1500 ft gain finishing the 12th switch back. Going east with a roller coaster of uphills and ridges with 4 Mountains ranging from 3600 - 4,300 ft with various terrains and rock formations. Included in this section will be Chimney Top at 4.4 miles. As we exit from the Rhododendrum patch at mile 5.5 we will enter the Balldgrounds parking lot where we will stop for bathrooms and then proceed to the summit. Once reaching the observation deck it will offer us a 360 view of 4 states - this is where we will be taking our lunch. After lunch we will re- trace our steps back to Track Rock Gap and go to our cars. Approximately Mountain travel is 4,000 ft gain. This is a Mountain hike if you have not completed recently 3-4 D4 & D5 over 10 mile hikes with the A.O.C. In the North Ga Mountains DO NOT SIGN UP! I will use my discretion in judging your ability to hike this event. The leader does reserve the right to remove anyone if warranted.

Required Items to Bring:

2-3 Litres water

Trail Snacks


Emergency Rain Gear

Cash for Carpool

Broken-in Hiking Boots

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


Hiking poles

A jacket for the summit

sunscreen/bug spray

epipen if you are allergic to bees

Change of clothes, socks, shoes for the ride back

A towel for the ride back

Plastic bag to carry shoes after the hike

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions to Track Rock Gap (Arkaquah Trailhead): From the Park & Ride we will go north on Georgia 400 to Dahlonega. Continue on US Hwy 19 North past Vogel State Park, then take a right on State Road 180 East. Stay on 180 for 2.4 miles, turn left at Town Creek School Rd and after 2 miles turn right on Trackrock Church Rd. Take another right onto Trackrock Gap Rd. The parking lot at the trailhead is on the left.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):155Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $62.00 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.


Will hike rain or shine! Plenty of drivers.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.