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Rocky Mountain Summit Loop and Blue Mountain Summit/Shelter

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Unicoi Gap
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 25 2020  8:30 am >> Sun, Oct 25 2020 2:15 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Oct 20 2020 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 24 2020 9:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:9.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gary Hubert
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 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.


This hike begins at Unicoi Gap heading north on the Appalachian Trail with a lollipop loop over and around the summit of Rocky Mountain (4016 ft) for a total of 5.1 miles and elevation gain of 1,700 feet.  The summit of Rocky Mountain gives you long range views to the south including Yonah Mountain.  After a brief stop at our cars, we will continue on an out and back hike southbound on the A.T. to the summit of Blue Mountain (4020 ft) and Blue Mountain shelter.  We will stop at the shelter for lunch/snack.  The shelter may have some distant views depending on folliage.  This portion of the hike will be 4.4 miles total with an additional 1,050 feet of elevation gain making this hike a "higher end" D4.

The pace will be moderate (2.5 mph moving pace) with stops at scenic areas and water/snack breaks.



Required Items to Bring:

2-3 or more liters of water
Hiking boots or shoes

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

Hiking Poles - for balance
Change of shoes and shirt for drive back
Emergency rain gear (even if it is clear day with a 20 percent chance of rain)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

"Unicoi Gap" on google maps.




North on GA 400 from Atlanta. When GA 400 ends at Chevron station. continue on GA 115. Go 4.8 miles where GA 115 meets GA 52. Turn right. Continue on GA 115 until Cleveland GA. At traffic circle in Cleveland go north on US 129.

Continue past GA 75 to Alt GA 75. Take a right on Alt GA 75. Continue until Alt 75 ends at GA 75. Take left away from Helen. Continue on GA 75 until signs you see signs for AT parking lot on right side of highway.


Please arrive at the trailhead by 8:20AM

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