Kelly Knob from Dicks Creek Gap on the AT - The Training hike we love to hate - Mon, May 22 2023

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Kelly Knob from Dicks Creek Gap on the AT - The Training hike we love to hate

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, near Hiawassee   Hike: Kelly Knob from Dicks Creek Gap on the AT - The Training hike we love to hate  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, May 22 2023  9:00 am >> Mon, May 22 2023 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, May 19 2023 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, May 21 2023 9:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:15 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
Tim W
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


  Anyone on the roster without recent D6 experience should expect an email from the Trip Leaders to inquire about suitability for the hike.  Our desire is to keep the group togther during the hike. 

Elevation Profile Overview

From Dick's Creek Gap we climb about 1200 ft to a sidetrail leading to our first lookout, signposted "Vista."

Returning to the trail we make an undulating descent to Deep Gap and then climb 600 ft to Kelly Knob  where we have a wide view to the east.

We then descend about five minutes to a third lookout, where we can pause a moment to take in the wide view to the west, before continuing our descent to Addis Gap.

After a total of 7.5 miles, we reach the Swag of the Blue Ridge where we have lunch and then turn around and it's back the way we came. 

Mileage: 15 miles

Elevation Gain:  4767 feet

Total Grade:  602 feet/mile


This is the hike where we all exclaim "NEVER AGAIN" as we tackle Kelly Knob. However, we always end up going back as it is excellent training for upcoming trips. We have found it to be the hardest (yet loved) hill on the Georgia AT. 

Kelly is the highest peak between the North Carolina line and Tray Mtn.

The elevation difference between Dicks Creek Gap 2675 feet and the 4276 summit of Kelly Knob is 1601 feet.

Along the way, we also climb Snake Mtn, Powell Mtn, and Dismal Mountain.

We will also enter into one of the highlights of this section, the Swag of the Blue Ridge, a long ridgewalk.  

Expect a pace of   2.7 to 2.8 mph



Required Items to Bring:

Plenty of water - bring more water than you think you need.

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

dry shirt
hiking poles

ear plugs if you don't want to hear people moaning, groaning and possibly an expletive

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Link for the trailhead location (Dicks Creek Gap): DW16DaKVk7

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):208Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $83.20 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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