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Gahuti Trail & Fort Mountain Loops - moderate pace

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Fort Mountain State Park   Hike: Gahuti Trail & Fort Mountain Loops - moderate pace  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 23 2020  8:00 am >> Sun, Feb 23 2020 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 17 2020 7:07 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 22 2020 9:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:9.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Allen D
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Moderate to Strenuous 9-10 miles at a moderate pace, with breaks.  We will be going a bit longer because we will add a side trail to the overlook.  Elevation gain with side trail will be around 1,600 feet.

The pace will be moderate (~2.5 mph) and this will be a solid D4 hike, and not a beginner's event. Previous D4 experience or proven fitness at this level required to participate, or the trip leader may put you on the waiting list until approved for safety and group comfort.

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 500AD as fortification against other more hostile Indians or ancient ceremonies.

The Gahuti Trail travels around the edge of the park, passing just below the summits of Cohutta and Fort mountains. Ever changing, the trail is both beautiful and challenging in all seasons. There is a great platform for a west view, and a tower on top of the mountain built by the CCC in the 30's.

We will take a side trail from the Gahuti to the overlook for our lunch break.

Hike finishes around 3PM, back to carpool by 5pm-ish.

Dogs: Please contact me if you want to bring your dog. 

There maybe bathrooms near the trailhead at the park office/entrance.

Thanks to Ann Howard for the trail description. This hike is new to me, and the maps are quite clear, so I anticipate the route will be easy to follow.

Required Items to Bring:

1-2L water or energy drinks
trail snacks
good hiking shoes/boots

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

trekking poles strongly recommended

Change of shoes and shirt for the ride home

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

ENTRANCE Parking Lot,  Fort Mountain State Park Rd, Chatsworth, GA 30705

At this time we will pick up the trail at the PARK ENTRANCE. 

Parking fee $5.00 or state park pass.

If you are meeting us there, please meet at the park entrance office at 9:15AM.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):152Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.80 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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Cost Includes:

Please share gas fare with your carpool driver.  

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