Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain - Mon, Sep 2 2019

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Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA   Hike: Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Sep 2 2019  8:00 am >> Mon, Sep 2 2019 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Aug 21 2019 8:16 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Sep 1 2019 8:16 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:9 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
Leigh B
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Gahuti Trail, Cherokee for "mother mountain", travels around the edge of Fort Mountain State Park, passing just below the summits of Cohutta and Fort mountains. Ever changing, the trail is both beautiful and challenging in all seasons, especially in the Fall. This is a very scenic trail that features great views, rocky outcroppings, and a couple of waterfalls. There are a few long, steep ascents and a few short, sharp climbs but this is considered a D4 mainly for the length. 

Our hike starts at the Cool Springs overlook for an 8.2 mile loop. We will have lunch about half way around the loop at the Goldmine Creek waterfall. The final section of the hike is on the Stone Wall Trail which connects with the Gahuti Backcountry Trail. This will lead us to the prehistoric stone wall and the outstanding view at the West Overlook.

Fort Mountain is named for a mysterious 855 foot long wall constructed along the western slope of the highest point of the mountain. The structure has been attributed to various historical figures, but today most authorities believe the wall was constructed by Woodlands-era Indians between 500 BC and 500 AD as fortification against other more hostile Indians or ancient ceremonies.

Required Items to Bring:

Good hiking shoes/boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Sense of humor

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will congregate at the Fort Mountain State Park office for a bio- break and trail map review at about 9am.

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):126Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $50.40 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.


A maximum of four well-behaved dogs will be invited on this event.

Will This Event Occur Rain or Shine? No.

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