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Rescheduled: Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain No Carpool!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Appalachian Trail Unicoi Gap   Hike: Rescheduled: Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain   No Carpool!  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 20 2021  9:00 am >> Sat, Feb 20 2021 5:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 8 2021 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Feb 17 2021 3:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:11 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: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is a fun hike in the high country of the north Georgia mountains. The hike will start at Unicoi gap (2,963) head east on the Appalachian trail to climb Rocky Mountain (4,016) and go over 1100 ft gain elevation and down to Indian grave gap. We will proceed to Tray Mountain (4,420) adding 1400 ft gain. Lunch will be off trail to the overlook to see the magnificent view. After the views we will head back the way we came and will begin by descending from Tray Mountain back to Indian grave Gap. (3,100) We will ascend our final climb of over 1000 ft of gain up the back side of Rocky Mountain. Don't under estimate this climb - after several miles of hiking and 2500 ft of previous elevation gain, this climb is a workout! Once at the top of Rocky Mountain we will complete our journey back down to our cars which is aproximately total 3500 ft elevation gain.

This is a tough hike but can be done with an experienced high D-4 hikers and above!

This is also a winter hike, thus we may have cold, snow and windy conditions. We will also have unobstructed views, no heat or humidity no bugs and smaller crowds. Be prepared with proper gear so you will enjoy it. 

Your Trip Leader(s) reserved the right to remove you if he doesn't think you are fit enough to keep the pace and may slow down the group. This is a MODERATE pace hike with average speed of 2.5 MPH. 

Required Items to Bring:

2-3 Litres water

Trail Snacks


Emergency Rain Gear

Broken-in Hiking Boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

Layers of clothing

Yacktrax or microspikes for ice

Gaiters for snow

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on GA 400 from the park and ride. 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.

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