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Arkaquah Trail via Brasstown Bald to Hwy 180 - no carpool

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Trackrock Gap   Hike: Arkaquah Trail via Brasstown Bald to Hwy 180 - no carpool  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 23 2021  8:00 am >> Sat, Jan 23 2021 5:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 13 2021 9:01 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jan 20 2021 9:01 am
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:18 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Steve H
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The Arkaquah Trail is one of the three approach trails that reaches the parking lot for Brasstown Bald, and one of Georgia's steepest grades! We will be parking at the Track Rock Gap (2280 ft) just south of the Petroglyph Rocks. This will begin our day on blue blazed Arkaquah Trail in the Brasstown Bald Wilderness. We will crest the Buzzard Roost Ridge at 1.5 mile with a Mountain travel of 1500 ft gain and 12 switch backs. Going east with a roller coaster of uphills and ridges with 4 Mountains ranging from 3600 - 4,300 ft with various terrains and outcropping. Included in this section will be a 4k peak, Chimneytop at 4.4 miles. As we exit from the Rhododendrum patch at mile 5.5 we will enter the parking lot where we will stop for bathrooms and lunch. After lunch we turn our direction South to the bloue blazed Jacks Knob Trail. The trek will descend to Hwy 180 (Jack's Gap) for a quick stop. After the break we retrace our steps back to The Brasstown Bald parking lot bathrooms for our final stop and then hike back to our cars. Approximated Mountain travel is around 6000 ft .This is a Mountain hike if you have not completed several D5-D6 and over 10 mile hikes with the AOC in the North Ga Mountains please DO NOT SIGN UP! As Trip Leader, I will use my discretion in judging your ability to hike this event. The leader does reserve the right to remove someone, if warranted. Please be honest with yourself of having the abilities to make this hike.

Required Items to Bring:

2-3 Litres water

Trail Snacks


Emergency Rain Gear

Broken-in Hiking Boots

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

Hiking poles

sunscreen/bug spray

Change of clothes, socks, shoes for the ride back

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions to Track Rock Gap (Arkaquah Trailhead): From the Park & Ride we will go north on Georgia 400 to Dahlonega. Continue on US Hwy 19 North past Vogel State Park, then take a right on State Road 180 East. Stay on 180 for 2.4 miles, turn left at Town Creek School Rd and after 2 miles turn right on Trackrock Church Rd. Take another right onto Trackrock Gap Rd. The parking lot at the trailhead is on the left.


It may be cold! Dressing in layers will be very appropriate. 

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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

It is winter in North Georgia Mountains, so extreme weather is possible.