Mount Yonah Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cleveland, GA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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Going north on hwy 75 out of Cleveland GA towards Helen GA turn right at 2nd intersection of Tom Bell Road. Western Sizzlin is on the corner. (Tom Bell Road forms a loop with Hwy 75). Turn left onto Chambers Road. Turn left at the yellow and brown Mount Yonah Trailhead sign. Follow gravel road to parking lot.
Fun! Very steep and rocky but great view at the top!
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!
My first hike ever! Difficult but I made it!!
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.
There and back. Doesn't get much better than this hike.
Great views, not too hard, several great stopping points along the way. Rock fave views and rolling mountains.
This was a great trail. It was challenging enough for me and I still had a great time hiking it. I will definitely hike this trail again.
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.
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!
It is a beautiful hike up the mountain. The views at the top are worth the strenuous hike up. Take a sandwich and enjoy a spot on a rock at the top. The drive to the parking lot is all gravel and very hilly : no problem for my truck, but something to consider If you have a low vehicle.
Getting to the trailhead was a task for me. I'd never been and there was not signs leading u to it. My gps was taking me the wrong direction, I lost internet connection and had to phone a friend so she could guide us from where we were to the trailhead. Aside from that debacle it was great. It's a consistent incline that'll get ur heart rate up. If u don't do regular physical activity u will need to take lots of breaks. But it's doable and the views are worth it. Most trails lead to the top. There was a point halfway through where it broke off into 3 separate directions. The one to the far right is not the one to take. Just FYI. Once u get to the top there is a loop around the summit with great views from every direction. Keep following it around it will lead u right back to the trail to get back down. Take lots of pictures!
My wife and I hiked the trail Sunday, Labor Day weekend. It was heavily trafficked that day, but probably more so after we were done. We are both over 60 and in good shape. The trail is the toughest the last mile or so. Well marked. We did a loop at the top that provided a little more interest. As others stated below, the views are worth the effort. For those who don't hike often, please come prepared. We gave a couple a bottle of water on our way down. They apparently saw the mileage, but didn't realize the elevation gain.
We are a couple in our 50's hiking with full packs as a training hike, so for us it was strenuous. The hike gets you a good workout but the path is so heavily traveled that you are constantly having to move aside to let other hikers pass. Maybe its because it was Labor Day weekend, but I don't know where they get in the description that it is lightly traveled. Lots of trash too. The view is great though. To make the hike longer, when you get to the fork near the top, take the left fork and it will take you around the top, ending up where the views are. Otherwise it is just an out and back. When you do the loop at the top, it turns out to be almost a 5 mile hike.