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Last Minute Tray Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Appalachain Trail - Near Helen
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Aug 12 2022  9:00 am >> Fri, Aug 12 2022 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Aug 10 2022 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 12 2022 8:00 am
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Pam M
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This hike starts at Unicoi Gap just north of Helen, GA. We will go 5.1 miles on the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Tray Mountain. Along with Blood Mountain, it is the most panoramic view on the Georgia AT. Here you will have 360- degree view of the surrounding area. 

Trail Itinerary:
Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,125 feet to the top of Rocky Mountain at 1.3 miles
Descend 975 feet to Indian Grave Gap at 2.6 miles
Ascend 1,400 feet to the top of Tray Mountain at 5.1 miles
Total Ascent (round trip): 3,500 feet
Miles 0.0 parking area, trail begins at far end
0.3 right switchback left switchback
0.6 step across small stream
1.0 trail levels off somewhat
1.3 top of Rocky Mountain
1.4 break in foliage offers good view on right (the half dome, south, is Yonah Mt.)
1.5 beginning of frequent views right, begin descent down right side of ridge
1.7 right, then left, switchback
2.6 Indian Grave Gap
3.3 cross dirt road
3.4 trail levels off somewhat
3.6 cross gap
4.1 rock outcropping on right provides good winter view grassy road on left
4.3 Tray Gap, bear right across roads
4.4 first of several switchbacks
4.9 rocky outcropping on left with good view, right switchback
5.1 top of Tray Mountain

This is an in and out hike. Total distance is 10.2 miles to and from the top of Tray Mountain.   We will spend 10-15 minutes at the top of Tray for a quick snack and view of the surrounding area.  Lastly, there will not be a sweeper for this hike so everyone is expected to keep up with the group. Finish time can vary so please be flexible.

Required Items to Bring:

2-3 or more of water
Energizing snacks
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

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.

Pls note that there is no carpool for this event


This trip is for hikers with recent experience of hiking at least 10 or more miles in the mountains. You need D5 experience to participate

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