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AT Segment: 4400 foot Tray Mountain from Indian Grave Gap

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Nov 12 2020  8:30 am >> Thu, Nov 12 2020 2:30 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Nov 8 2020 7:16 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Nov 11 2020 7:16 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:13.2 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: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Weather:  Mostly sunny, high near 68 degrees, 40% rain chance

Elevation Gain:  3409.8 feet

Total Grade: 10%

Moving speed: up to 3.0mph; 2.5mph avg.

This section contains some of the longest climbs and highest peaks on the AT in Georgia.  It rarely descends below 3500 feet.

This hike will cross the summit of Tray Mountain (4430 feet) and then follows the Swag of the Blue Ridge, a wide, low section.  The climb to Tray starts at a low point for this section, Indian Grave Gap (3113 feet).  The trail leads through the Tray Mountain Wilderness.

Possible rest spots include Tray Mountain shelter,  Steeltrap Gap campsite, and the Cheese Factory campsite.

Highlights include Tray Mountain, with a splendid viewpoint, and the Swag of the Blue Ridge, a long ridgewalk.  Tray Mountain is the 5th highest peak in GA.  

The last 3.7 mi of the drive is on a gravel road, so we need an SUV or high clearance vehicle. 

Hike mileposts:

0.0 Indian Grave Gap (3113) and 1317 foot ascent of Tray Mt. over 2.5 miles

1.0 Cheese Factory campsite

2.5 Tray Mt. (4430) with excellent views in all directions of the Georgia Mountains (Yonah, Currahee, Brasstown (highest peak in GA) , and Rabun Bald (2nd highest)

3.0 Tray Mt. Shelter with excellent views from the rocky ledges

3.5 unnamed gap (3760)

4.2 Wolfpen gap (3550)

4.8 Steeltrap gap (3500) after 930 foot descent from Tray

5.3 Young Lick Knob (3800) 

6.6 Swag of the Blue Ridge (3400) one of the most remote areas of the AT in GA

Required Items to Bring:

2 liters or more of water
Trail food/lunch
Hiking boots or shoes
Appropriate clothing for temperatures
Emergency rain gear

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Treking Poles
Change of shoes and shirt for drive back

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Access is by a rough forest service road

Google Maps for Indian Grave Gap:

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Cost Includes:

no parking fees

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