Appalachian Trail from Unicoi Gap
to the Top of Tray Mountain

Picture of Yonah Mountain from Rocky Mountain

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Date Hiked: 3/28/92

Length: 10.2 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: white

Main Features: views from Rocky Mt. and Tray Mt.

Animals: vultures, white-breasted nuthatch, pileated woodpecker

Location: Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia
Drive south on 17/75 from highway 76 near Hiawassee. Go 9.0 miles on 17/75 to the large gravel parking lot on the left. The trailhead is at the far end of the parking lot.

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

0.0 parking area, trail begins at far end
0.3 right switchback
left switchback
0.6 step across small stream
0.8 ignore blue-blazed trail on left
1.0 trail levels off somewhat
1.2 ignore blue-blazed trail on right
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
ignore blue-blazed Andrews Cove Trail on right
bear right across the dirt road
enter rhododendron thicket with ground cover of moss and beetleweed
3.3 cross dirt road
3.4 trail levels off somewhat
3.6 cross gap, ignoring blue-blazed trail on left
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


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