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Arkaquah Trail to Brasstown Bald - Top & Back

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Young Harris GA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 1 2012  9:30 am >> Sat, Dec 1 2012 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Nov 4 2012 8:07 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 30 2012 2:45 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Arkaquah Trail is widely regarded to be one of the most challenging and scenic in GA. Looking north from the overlooks, you can see Standing Indian Mtn and even parts of the Smokies as well. This is a 12-mile strenuous hike. Do not attempt this hike unless you have successfully completed a long hike in the past with a lot of elevation gain.

We start at Track Rock Gap, at 2,280 feet. The trail climbs 6.1 miles to 4,784 feet at the top of Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia. We return back down the same trail.

This trail is notorious for its long steep initial climb to gain the ridge crest - plan to sweat a bit. The first 2 miles have an elevation gain of 2,200 feet. From there, we will follow the ridge line as it clears 4 mountains ranging from 3,600 to 4,300 feet.

Once we arrive at the parking lot at the top, we will take the half mile paved trail to the summit. There is a museum and a 360-degree observation deck on very top.  If it is clear, we will be able to see four states.  Definitely plan to take some pictures!

We will have lunch at the summit.

Please Note:

  • But...we will be hiking at a moderate pace, so if you are a 'FAST HIKER', this hike might not be for you. 
  • You are welcome to carry a weighted down backpack if you are training for an adventure or backpacking trip, but it's not a requirement on this hike.
  • The Trip Leader reserves the right to remove anyone from the list that he feels cannot handle this trip.



Required Items to Bring:
  • 2-3 Liters of Water or sports drink
  • Trail Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Clothing appropriate to weather
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Change of clothes/socks/shoes for ride home
  • Hiking poles
  • Wind breaker for top

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 Voget 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.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):202Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.80 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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