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rocky
3 days ago

Great hike! Super foggy but still gorgeous. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome hike. The first half of the trail isn’t too strenuous. However, there are parts on the second half that do get tough. It’s hard rating lived up to its name. The view at the top is absolutely worth it. My only complaint was that the trail was not marked well, so use this app to help guide you

Great hike ,started at the Trackrock Gap, on Sunday Jan.6th. We are a group of 6 preparing for Kill. First 1.5 miles of the hike was difficult but doable then became a regular hike. After hiking for 3.5 miles the trail was impassable with many fallen Rhododendron trees blocking the trail ,so we hiked back to the starting point.
We drove to the Brasstown Bald visitors center and hiked up to the summit .Views from the observatory tower were stunning on that clear pleasant day.

I will start off by saying maybe this issue was because of the government shut down and having no forest rangers. However, this trail was being used by squirrel hunters and there were people hunting right off the parking lot for the trail head. WE COULD SEE THEM SHOOTING FROM THE TRAIL HEAD! Needless to say this was a 3 hour round trip wasted because we didn’t feel safe hiking with so many (obviously irresponsible) people shooting that close to the trail.

GPS will take you to an entrance for the hike that'll take you about an hour to get to the tower. I wouldn't say it's hard but definitely a work out. The view is beautiful, the clouds are right in your face. Other pluses; camping is free and the drive up in nice.

hiking
10 days ago

On top as I type.... trail in good shape, and lives up to it’s difficult rating (but I’m not use to hiking). Would definitely recommend

Okay so here we go I will try to be quick. We did this trail today January 11th 2019. Many people say they are hiking this trail and they are actually only doing a small portion of it. We parked on Hale Ridge Road which has parking for about 3 cars. The first mile is okay and then it was horrid with downed trees everywhere. Do NOT take anyone inexperienced on this trail right now. Go to one of the more popular starts which are shorter hikes and the trails are clear to the top. This would be an amazing hike minus all the storm debris and we were still happy with the day but I see so many people posting it’s a great hike and look at the mileage and it’s not the true 9 miles. Anyhow be aware that for a while this is twice the hike it normally is and a bit sketchy at times due to the blow down.

Nice hike and worth the effort. Not terribly difficult but challenging at times. The views were great since it was a clear day.

hiking
15 days ago

Arkaquah Trail or I should say "Arkaquah HELL" trail lol
I have to say we had an intense workout on this trail, but definitely a great time with my group.

We started at Trackrock Gap with a brutal and steep ascend about 1.6 miles without a flat section to rest! Some of us had to stop for a few seconds to catch our breath, while others had to relieve the pain in their legs. I personally felt like my calves were about to explode at any moment lol.

This is one of those trails that you either love it or hate it. Arkaquah is already rated as difficult and what made this hike even more intense was the fact that for the last couple of weeks the area had underwent some bad rainstorms. With that said, the soil was extremely saturated in some areas due to rain and melting ice which caused lots of trees to be down, and even worse lots of rhododendrons down and tangled on the trail. At about 2.7 miles in, we encountered a section where the majority of the side of the mountain was all washed out. No trail at all, just crazy saturated soil and fallen trees, making it very difficult to make our way through!!!!!

Luckily we had a couple of axes that we managed to use to chop some of the branches. The work was hard, and even then we were only able to clear some. Our hiking boots completely disappeared....sunken into the mud making it very hard to take another step! We went over, under, and crawled leaving us with scratches from branches and rocks. There was no way to keep pressing forward without the help of each other and giving it our all! Teamwork was present and definitely necessary. The ground was giving under us so we had to grab hands, legs, and push each other up the mountain to get back on the trail. An incredible amount of energy was burned in a 0.5 mile of madness. We had no choice but to get down and dirty if we wanted to make it to the other side.
But we all made it... and felt very proud about our accomplishments! We continued on with a rollercoaster hike ahead of us, over the crest of the mountains. There were a few steep and steady sections, but nothing compared to what we had come out of. Despite the difficulties this hike threw at us, we really enjoyed this hike!

Finally, some of our peeps reached Brasstown bald parking lot around 3:30pm, while the rest of the group arrived around 4:30pm more or less. All our efforts and hard work was paid in full after seeing the amazing views from the summit of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia.

We were supposed to hike in and out with a total of 11 miles, but because of the crazy condition of the mountain it consumed more of our time than we wanted. We were just one hour from sunset, and for safety reasons, we were unable to hike back. None the less, it would have been a very crazy and suicidal decision to hike back lol.

That left us time to check out the petroglyph at the beginning of the trail, and with no more time wasted, we headed to the nearest restaurant for a cold beer and a warm meal.
Amazing Hike.
Proud of all my peeps.
The Hiking Buddy group (look up for us on Facebook :)

hiking
15 days ago

If you want to unleash your dog once up the trail, forget it. I went and it was soooo busy, yap ankle biters, grumpy bulldog and the trail was a muddy worn mess. Without a dog and if your a sightseeing occasional hiker this a great place, awesome looooooonnnnnng range Mountain Vistas, I had know idea Ga. had 4000 ft + peaks.

hiking
17 days ago

Love this trail when its clear but as Merrill mentioned below there is a ton of deadfall, mostly rhododendron, down on the trail right now. Also a huge section of side slope washed down the hillside where a couple of large trees came down. This was right on a steep switchback too and the whole area gave way. It's a hand-to-foot scramble in wet mud to get up to where the trail is and very steep. Not really safe right now, especially in that area. We trudged through to the parking lot at the top but got a ride back to Trackrock Gap.

TOUGH run up! 2.5 to top. 2.5 back down. 4.2 is inaccurate if you follow the neon green blaze (as per Fitbit GPS which is almost pinpoint accurate for distance)

Great short but intense hike.

This trail is in Black Rock Mountain State Park, which is closed Dec 18-March 15. Check https://gastateparks.org/BlackRockMountain for status. No parking along road outside of park, and other access appeared to require driving on private roads. Will have to come back!

awesome trail

hiking
24 days ago

This trail started out pretty easy. Open woods, smooth path and easy to follow. When it starts getting into the incline is where it gets a little more difficult with a rocky path. We went on a Saturday around 11am and by the time we got back to the car it was around 1:30pm the parking lot was packed. We were also hiking with a dog. There were a lot of other dogs, some off leash and on. All and all, great hike with beautiful views. pictures uploaded

backpacking
26 days ago

This trail was very very difficult. On a normal day it probably would have been fairly easy. There was trees down every 50 feet it seemed and the path is narrow. I got about 2.5 miles in headed to Rabun bald and had to camp for the night. This was the 2nd campsite I came to along the way. I ended up turning around and leaving the next morning. Then I found out they recently had 18in of snow knocking down a ton of trees.

If you wanna get to Rabun Bald easier go to Kelsey Mountain Rd. There is a 3 mile out/back trail with very limited parking.
The view, however, at Rabun Bald is absolutely amazing.

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful views at the top! A bit challenging but worth the effort.

Great trail with awesome view but longer than 7.5 miles and the trail is poorly marked altho I hiked it in the snow.

hiking
1 month ago

A really nice hike! Not too strenuous overall, but there were definitely a few challenging spots. The views from the top of the mountain were gorgeous on a clear, cool December day. Plenty of people on the trail, but it never felt crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

A group of 4 attempted on 12/15/18. About 3.5 miles in from the start (on top of the mtn) there are so many rhododendron trees down that it is impassible. We fought through the first 7-10 of them but were finally turned back when we came to a section that was not passable. Assumption is that storm on previous weekend took these down. Not sure who maintains, but if you know of the proper trail club, please alert.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views during our December hike, while headed up and down, 360 degrees at the top. My only criticism is too few markings in several locations where trail forks, making AllTrails GPS location checks necessary. Be certain to check your location at the top Bald area, and walk the entire loop indicated on the AllTrails App, including towards the rock-faced area on the Northern side...great views at the edge!

This trail was pretty brutal and hard on the knees. I definitely recommend trekking poles. This trail seems to be a constant up and down with not much in between! That being said, it's a beautiful trail that offers some gorgeous views once you are on the ridge. The second half of it you go into a rhododendron type cove that's really beautiful and gives you some relief from the climbs. Be careful doing this after heavy rain. Some of the rocky areas are a little treacherous.

Great trail that is not nearly as popular as it should be. There are two short spurs that go around the lake and to an overlook. These are not marked as clearly as they could be, so it would be worthwhile to download the map or pick one up from the park office before leaving.

Apart from the overlook, most of the trail is through the forest without much in the way of views, but the trail is still beautiful, with many picturesque streams and rivers. For the most part the trail was very well maintained, but some did portions require a little bit of care. There were two difficult climbs of about a mile each.

hiking
1 month ago

It was raining when i went. looked like there would have been a great view on a sunny day. I'll definitely go back though when i can see that overlook.

hiking
1 month ago

A good workout.

Loved it. Overcast day, but still some beautiful patches of color even after most of the leaf fall. The bare trees revealed some pretty awesome views, and the recent rain had water flowing along most of trail. Hiked it counterclockwise to get that biggie out of the way first. But don't worry, ascent is gradual enough to warm you up before it gets vertical. And even if we hadn't been able to see distances, the sights along the way, including some substantial boulder formations, are worth the trip out there. Nice steep, lengthy uphills if that's your thing ;) Will look familiar if you're AT-friendly. Go on and do it in one day if you already know how you handle long steep ups and long steep downs. If you're just starting out, wouldn't recommend the whole thing in one clip. But good-looking back country campsites, so maybe break it in half for your first demanding overnight. Overall, a gorgeous, challenging trail. 8 hour hike, including about an hour of total breaks.

great views on an awesome trail. Near the top are a row of privies provided by Army.

hiking
2 months ago

Very good hike, and absolutely stunning views. It is well worth making it to the top.

backpacking
2 months ago

My wife and I did this loop on November 3. Plenty of water sources were available along the trail. I found it to be moderate, with one or two short, strenuous sections. Decent amount of other hikers on the trial - lots at the visitor’s center and picnic area.
Spent the night at the Fern Cove backcountry site. Close to water, but the ground was all slightly sloped for a tent. Had a firepit available.

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