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Arkaquah Trail via Brasstown Bald to Hwy 180

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Track Rock Gap near Blairsville, GA   Hike:  Arkaquah Trail via Brasstown Bald to Hwy 180  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 27 2019  6:30 am >> Sat, Jul 27 2019 6:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jul 9 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jul 25 2019 10:00 am
Event Duration:12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:18 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:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


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 be parking at the Track Rock Gap (2280 ft) just south of the Petroglyph Rocks. This will be a 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 outcropping. 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 lunch. After lunch we turn our direction South to Jack Knob Trail. The trek will descend to Hwy 180 ( Jack's Gap) for our stop. After the break we retrace our steps back to The Brasstown Bald parking lot bathrooms for our final stop and then hike back to our cars. Approximated Mountain travel is around 6000 ft .This is a Mountain hike if you have not completed several D5-D6 and 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. Please be honest with yourself of having the abilities to make this hike.

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

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

A thank you to your TL!

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: 6:30 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.