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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  9:00 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 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:16 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chuck R
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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: 8 / 1 (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. Meet up is Ingles just before Ellijay at 7:30 am - they also have a Starbucks. Please go down to notes for details of this event.

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:

Atlanta, GA: Take I-75 to I-575, and follow I- 575 up into North Georgia. I-575 will become 515 When you enter Elijah on your right at Maddox dr around Burger King, Waffle House, the Old Orchard Square shopping, you will see Ingles. 100 Old Orchard Square, East Ellijay, Ga 30540


When we meet up at Ingles, it will be approximately a 45 minute drive to Trailhead. There will be approximately a 9 mile USFS gravel road to travel on . Mostly well maintained, I will keep in touch about the conditions... Trail and Road as we near event. There will be sections of trail; if wearing shorts, you will probably wish you had pants on. This is your call ! The fords if River is at normal depth, should be mid calf to below knee. You can change into your water shoes if want.

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