Tray Mountain Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sautee Nacoochee, GA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Great Views with shelter and water source. Easy hike if you drive up the service road to the base. If you hike from Unicoi Gap you better be in decent shape.
Fun, not a good view
The Appalachian trail is draped wonderfully over this mountain. My boy and I came back with our duel sport bikes and road the service road up, there are lots of little bike trails you could go off to explore and even camp out on. There's a lot of mountain to play on here.
Good hike. Fairly moderate incline except for about the last half mile was fairly steep. Nice view! Only negative was the 6 mile drive on the dirt road off the 75 to get to the trail head.. I would do again.
beauty and isolation are what you will find here. the section of the appalachian trail from indian grave gap is well maintained and in some places a real work of art. i started out at around 8:00 and encountered a group at tray gap but after that i was all alone. soon enough i hit 4000 feet and then tray summit. rhododendron tunnels and stunted trees lead out to an open rock outcrop where i am hit with an amazing breeze and pure beautiful sunlight. the only sounds are the leaves rustling. it is worth the extra distance to visit the tray shelter .. it has another nice rock outcrop that offers a great place for a lunch break or short nap before heading on. total distance is 6 miles round trip from 3120 to 4420 feet in elevation. awesome.
Enjoyed the challenge hiking from Unicoi Gap up and over Rocky Mountain to Tray Mountain shelter.
It is a short 0.6 mile hike up the A.T. to the top of Tray Mountain from the parking lot on FS 79. It's moderately steep. The views are fantastic. However, there are a fair amount of shrubs on top so unobstructed views are only to the south. You can also see Blood Mountain to the WNW around the shrubs. As of 2013-04-14 FS 79 (Tray Mountain Road) from Hwy 75 is well graded and in excellent condition, easily passable by a regular car. The views along the 7.5 drive are fantastic, well worth the trip.
We started our hike to Tray Mountain from U.S. Forest Road 79 along the Appalachian Trail in Tray Gap at 3,847 feet. From here its a short but steep 600 foot climb to the summit. The summit is mostly forested, but there are two openings with views to the east and west.