Great trail of what I would consider moderate difficulty. Most of it is wide and well travelled. Couple of spots with rocks but overall very accessible. You will feel the vertical climb of 1300ft and even get a workout. All well worth the view especially on a clear day
Todd H. on Mount Yonah Trail
I give this hike 5 stars for the amazing views provided at the top of Mount Yonah. The difficulty should probably be moderate rather than hard as the trail, while steep in sections is well marked, well traveled, and the few rock scrambles are easy and very short in duration. Best hike we have found in the Cleveland/Helen area. We calculated it at 2.3 miles each way from parking lot to the upper helicopter LZ (which is the peak) using the marked trail. There are shorter paths if one takes the shortcuts. Amazing long range views!
No easy trail....this one just keeps going and going with some obstacles, but the payoff is so worth it. My 6 year old daughter and I hiked this one a couple of weeks ago. We put in 10 miles total according to my steps app, so we felt like we really accomplished something after the day. Beautiful trail and amazing views...this hike is a must if you live in Georgia.
Really enjoyed this hike. Definitely a strenuous trail, but beautiful and well worth the effort for the views along the way. We hiked in late summer for the first time and are planning to hike again in the winter after the leaves have dropped as the trail runs along the ridge line most of the time and we think the view will be really cool. Take a small picnic to enjoy on the rocks when you get to the top.
Louis P. on Mount Yonah Trail
Great trail and views. I have been hiking this trail for years, at least once a month during the summer, and still enjoy it. And yes, it gets more crowded every year, especially on weekends. However, the bushwacking is getting so bad that some bushwacked trails cannot be distinguished from the main trail, in spite of the efforts to block them with debris. Secondly, the amount of trash is getting worse. It has to be heavier carrying it in than carrying it out. BTW, over the years I have used a GPS from Fitbit and Sportypal, and it reads anywhere from 2.2 to 2.4 miles to the top, providing you stay on the main trail!