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Arkaquah Trail to Brasstown Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Young Harris GA   Hike: Arkaquah Trail to Brasstown Bald  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 29 2020  7:00 am >> Sat, Feb 29 2020 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 17 2020 7:06 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 28 2020 3:00 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mark P
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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: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Arkaquah Trail hike is widely regarded to be one of the most popular, fun, challenging, and scenic in GA. Looking north from the overlooks, you can see Standing Indian Mtn and even parts of the Smokies as well.  This is a 12-mile hike with some ups and downs, and fantastic views - lots of photo opportunities throughout the trail!

We start at Track Rock Gap, at 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.

This trail is notorious for its long steep initial climb to gain the ridge crest - plan to sweat a bit and wish you had that extra cup of coffee before starting this adventure. The first 2 miles have an elevation gain of 2,200 feet. From there, we will follow the ridge line as it clears 4 mountains ranging from 3,600 to 4,300 feet.  We will be cruising!

Once we arrive at the parking lot at the top, we will take the half mile paved trail to the summit. There is a 360-degree observation deck on very top.  If it is clear, we will be able to see four states.  Definitely plan to take some pictures!

We will have a short break at the summit to re-energize for the hike back to the trailhead.

Please Note:


The Trip Leader reserves the right to remove anyone from the list that he feels cannot handle this trip


(Carpool Departure: 7:00 am @ Mansell Rd Park & Ride on Georgia 400)  

Required Items to Bring:
  • 2-3 Liters of Water or sports drink
  • Trail Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Clothing appropriate to weather
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
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
  • Blister kit is always helpful

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):146Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $58.40 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.

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