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Cohutta Wilderness Mountain Loop Hike. No Carpool!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cohutta Wilderness Area   Hike: Cohutta Wilderness  Mountain Loop Hike. No Carpool!  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 22 2020  8:45 am >> Sat, Aug 22 2020 4:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Aug 5 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 22 2020 6:00 am
Event Duration:7 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:16 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chuck R
Steve H
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We will begin at 3 Forks Trailhead (3,790 elevation ). Our hike will turn north on to East Cowpen Trail for around 4.5miles. We will reach the junction of Hickory Ridge Trail ( Buckeye Mountain (3,500 elevation) for our break. After break our trail will be descending north for around 3.6 miles to Beech Bottom and a river ford (Jack's River 2,200) for lunch and a cool down. When lunch is over we go southeast (Jacks River Trail) for a short distance on another River ford (Jack's River) to the Rough Ridge Trail. Leaving your water shoes on for another short distance we will ford Rough Creek: Should be a rock hop. When the boots are back on we will hike the Rough Ridge Trail out for around 7.4 miles back (we will have a good climb for the beginning 3 miles). We hike to the East Cowpen Trail turning left and then we will go around 0.7mile to 3 Forks trailhead to finishing the clockwise Loop! In summary, this 16 mile Loop will have 4 connecting Trails, 3 Fords, Possible blow downs, and narrowing unbeaten trails : Foot paths if you will. Rough Ridge is one of the least used trails in the Cohutta Wilderness. I'm looking for hikers who can adapt to these uncertain conditions. It's still summer so it will be hot. Be honest with yourself about whether you have the physical ability and desire to do this event. If you sign up and I do not know your hiking ability, I will contact you to find out if I believe you are a good candidate for this trip. I reserve the right to remove any member from this trip, who in my opinion, may not have the physical ability to keep up with the group. Total Mountain Travel is approximately 4,150.

Required Items to Bring:

Required Items to Bring: 3-4 Litres water Trail Snacks, 1Lunch, Emergency Rain Gear, Broken-in Hiking Boots and Experienced Hikers!

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

How to Get There:
Event Directions: From Atlanta, GA: Take I-75 to I-575, and follow I-575 up into North Georgia. I-575 will become Route 515. In Elijay, take a left onto Soule Bridge, and immediately another left onto GA Route 52. In downtown Elijay, take the second exit to the right on the roundabout. Follow GA 52 for 5.2 miles until Gates Chapel Road. Turn right onto Gates Chapel Road and follow it for 5.4 miles. When pavement will end, keep right onto Wilderness Trl. Follow it for 1.5 miles, and then take a right onto Old CCC Camp Road. Follow it for 3.2 miles to the top of the mountain and USFS 64. Turn right onto USFS 64, and follow it for 4.2 miles until you will see a large parking lot on the left of the road, while the road itself sharply switchbacks to the right. This is Three Forks parking lot.

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