Appalachian Trail: Hogpen Gap to Unicoi Gap

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Appalachian Trail: Hogpen Gap to Unicoi Gap is a 13.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cleveland, Georgia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,654 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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18 days ago

I agree with previous review, awesome section. We actually started at Tesnatee Gap and all the way to Unicoi was 16.5 miles with a side trip to Low Gap Shelter. We did not see one other hiker the entire day. Coming down Blue Mountain was no joke, very rocky terrain, but we took our time and made it out. No summit views, but a lot of beautiful views of the mountains through the trees.

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23 days ago

Awesome section of trail!!! There was a dusting of snow on the ground from last night. We started with 29 degrees and windy but pretty day for a hike. After finishing at Unicoi Gap I realized I lost my Oakley sunglasses somewhere between Hogpen and Low Gap Shelter. Went back to Hogpen and walked in 2.5 miles looking for them with no luck. If by any chance sometime reads this and has any info on them being found, please message me back or email me at esowers77@yahoo.com HAPPY TRAILS!!!!

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3 months ago

Great hiking day on a worthy trail. Starting at Hog with a mile-eating pace hitting only speed bump hills and clear pathways. Went out and back to "low gap" 4.1mi, (perfect place to camp). The climbs on the way back became a little more challenging but at 45F and sun, it was pleasant!

A tough trail to do in the rain!

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5 months ago

Actually hiked from Neel's gap to Hogpen and on to Low Gap, stayed there for the night (water!). Then from Low gap to Unicoi the next day.

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9 months ago

Hiked this section this past week as part of a longer trek starting at Neel Gap. We camped at White Oak Stamp which is an unmarked ridgeline just north of Hogpen Gap. The next day we did about 11 miles to end the day at Blue Mountain Shelter which had an amazing view. Low Gap Shelter is just a short hike down from the trail but a great place for a snack and water which is a flowing stream about 15 yards in front of the shelter. Plenty of shade and a nice place to recharge before you start what is basically a seven mile slow ascent up Blue Mountain. The climb wasnt bad except for the last mile before the summit which was the most ankle breaking rocky part of the hike. Heading NOBO get your water at the spring about 100 yards before you get to the shelter. It was flowing good enough to fill your water bottles. The bear cables are in disrepair so plan on bear hanging your food (PCT style). The next morning we had a gorgeous sunrise to wake up to from the front of the shelter. The next morning we climbed the final 145’ in elevation to the top of Blue Mtn before a steep 1,076’ drop in about a mile a 1/2 down to Unicoi Gap. Be careful crossing the highway.

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Sun Feb 17 2019

Not much in the way of views, but a beautiful and peaceful section of the AT. I would not rate it as hard. My 12 year old daughter and I powered through the first 10 miles. The last 4 miles had some moderate climbs, but nothing too challenging.

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Sat Feb 02 2019

I hiked from Unicoi Gap to Spaniards Nob over Blue Mtn and back to Unicoi Gap. Trail is steep up to Blue Mtn and very muddy today. Still remains of ice on and around the trail. Very rocky in spots. 60 degrees today and perfect day to hike. On the AT the entire way.

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Wed Nov 14 2018

Started at Unicoi Gap and headed south. Starts the incline right away. Did this during the cold front in mid November. Frost and icicles all up and down the trail. The killer was the wind. The trail run on a north side and the wind was just brutal cold. Blue Mountain shelter (which faces north was not much shelter from the weather. The water source just past the shelter was hard to find. It ended up being a frozen puddle with leaf fall. We quickly decided against staying the night and hiked back out. This was brutal with wind and cold. Camel up well if you are attempting this section in below freezing temps. And make sure your gloves and face covers are wind proof.

hiking
Sat Dec 16 2017

great hike for experienced backpacker/hikers. steep ascend to Blue Mountain Shelter, very crowded after 5PM on Sat 11/18. if you're going to that shelter, get an early start in case you want to set camp away from the shelter. it was tough setting my hammock and tarp in the rain after sunset.

Sun Aug 20 2017

This section of AT is mostly wooded with dappled sunlight the entire way (while the trees have their foliage). The first half of the trail is nice: smooth trail, ferns, and Rhododendron groves. The second half has a very rocky trail and takes more time to compete. There are multiple campsites and water sources in this section.

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