AT Section - 3500 footers: Wildcat Mt, Poor Mt, and Sheep Rock Top - Wed, Oct 21 2020

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AT Section - 3500 footers: Wildcat Mt, Poor Mt, and Sheep Rock Top

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: North GA- Tesnatee Gap - 15 miles northwest of Cleveland, GA
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Oct 21 2020  8:30 am >> Wed, Oct 21 2020 2:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 15 2020 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Oct 20 2020 6:02 am
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:15 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary 'L'
Leigh B
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Most of this hike is situated in the Mark Trail Wilderness of the Chattahoochee National Forest and includes two shelters if needed at mile 1.9 and mile 6.7.  We have photo spots at the mile 0.5 rock cliff, and the mile 1.1 blue blaze trail ridgetop. 

Recent D5 experience is a must. Due to Trip Leader schedule later in the day, we must finish on time. Falling behind schedule will require cutting the hike short on the outbound leg. 


0.0 mile Tesnatee Gap parking on GA 348 (elevation 3138 feet) no privy

0.5 mile rock cliff with views of Cowrock Mt. and 1200 foot deep Town Creek gorge

0.7 mile Wildcat Mt. crest (elevation 3600 feet) and follow blue blaze trail on ridgetop with wonderful views from grassy spots between stands of laurel and rhododendron and many wildflowers

2.1 mile Hogpen Gap (elevation 3450 feet) and enter Mark Trail Wilderness 

3.0 mile White Oak stamp on ridgecrest

3.2 mile Strawberry Top

4.1 mile Poor Mountain (elevation 3650 feet) 

4.7 mile Wide Gap (elevation 3159 feet) and narrow ridge

5.9 mile Sheep Rock Top (elevation 3575 feet) rocky summit and descend steadily toward Low Gap

6.7 mile Low Gap Shelter elevation 3060 feet) with Stink Creek and Smell Creek a safe distance beyond to the west

8.1 mile Poplar Stamp Gap campsite (elevation 3350 feet) and turnaround

6.9 mile reverse hike, skipping the blue blaze trail, brings our total hike to 15.0 miles


Pace: our last two weekday mountain hikes were 2.6-2.8 mph so expect a repeat

Mileage: 15 miles round trip including portion of blue side trail

Elevation gain: 3157 feet

Total Grade: 8.7%



Required Items to Bring:

2 liters or quarts of water
Trail food/lunch
Hiking boots or shoes



Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trekking poles
Change of shoes and shirt for drive back
Emergency rain gear (even if it is clear day with a 20 percent chance of rain)

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