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Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA   Hike: Gahuti Trail at Fort Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 22 2013  10:00 am >> Sun, Sep 22 2013 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Sep 11 2013 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 20 2013 10:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8.8 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Sam L
Nancy L
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Gahuti Trail travels around the edge of Fort Mountain State Park, passing just below the summits of Cohutta and Fort mountains. Ever changing, the trail is both beautiful and challenging in all seasons.

This is a very scenic trail that features great views, rocky outcroppings, and water features. There are a few long, steep ascents and a few short, sharp climbs but this is considered a D4 mainly for the length. We'll take it at a fairly moderate pace and stop for lunch at a good vista.

We'll hike the Gahuti Trail loop, then check out the stone wall (via Stone Wall Trail) and then walk up the Stone Tower Trail to the awesome West Overlook which is a must see.

Fort Mountain is named for a mysterious 855 foot long wall constructed along the western slope of the highest point of the mountain. The structure has been attributed to various historical figures, but today most authorities believe the wall was constructed by Woodlands-era Indians between 500 BC and 500 AD as fortification against other more hostile Indians or ancient ceremonies.

Required Items to Bring:

water or energy drinks
trail snacks
good hiking shoes/boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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trekking poles
bug spray

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Near Ellijay and Chatsworth 10:00 AM at the parking lot by the Gahuti Trailhead at Fort Mountain State Park. Directions will be provided at the carpool location.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):162Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.80 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.


A maximum of four well-behaved dogs will be invited on this event.

Will This Event Occur Rain or Shine? No.

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Cost Includes:

Free but please share gas expenses with your carpool driver.

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