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Georgia Highest: Brasstown Bald - Fall Foliage

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Young Harris GA   Hike: Georgia Highest: Brasstown Bald - Fall Foliage   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 20 2019  8:00 am >> Sun, Oct 20 2019 6:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Oct 14 2019 10:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 19 2019 7:30 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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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: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Georgia Highest Point: Brasstown Bald - Fall Foliage  

Join us to enjoy together cooler temperatures, fresh air, and beatiful fall views in the mountains! 

Arkaquah Trail is scenic and challenging hiking trail that has been designeted as National Recreational Trail in Georgia. It has multiple beautiful views of surrounding mountain along the way and open 360 degree view from the observation tower at the top.

We will start at Track Rock Gap, at about 2,280 feet. The trail climbs 6.1 miles to 4,784 feet at the top of Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia. We return back down the same trail.

The first 2 miles have an elevation gain of 2,200 feet to ridge line. This part is pretty challenging, it will pump your heart rate for sure, make sure you had good breakfast before you attempt this. 

Once there, we will follow Locus Log Ridge line until we reach upper Brasstown parking lot. This whole section up to here we will in Brasstown Wilderness. There's a store and restrooms at parking, if you need a quick break or snack.

From here we will take the half mile paved tourist trail to the summit. We will have well deserved lunch and enjoy views of all surrounding mountains from the observation tower.

After relaxing and taking few pictures we will hike down, using the same route, back to our starting point.

Please Note:  This is pretty challenging and difficult hike. There are some very steep and eroded parts along the trail. Be sure you are in good physical condition before signing up for this event.

Your trip leaders are planning to make stop for dinner on the way back at Dahlonega. 


Required Items to Bring:
  • 2-3 Liters of Water or sports drink
  • Trail Snacks, Lunch 
  • Clothing appropriate to weather
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Cash for carpool driver
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Change of clothes/socks/shoes for ride home
  • Hiking poles
  • Wind breaker for top
  • Camera

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 Voget 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: 8:00 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.




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