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Solid medium difficulty hike with very nice views along the way (winter) and well kept trails.

great trail. I started at mountain crossings and went to the summit then Down to the parking area. I forget name. just down the street from mountain crossings. some areas are muddy.. cuz it rained recently... but we are in the woods lmao what do you expect? don't wanna get your all white vans dirty?? no complaints here. many areas at the top for views with exposed rocks. huge boulders to explore. only negative of this trail is so many people use it! especially people who camp there! there was so many overnighters. you might be able to find a spot at one of the rock outcrops away fro. the shelter to set up your tent or hammock to get away from the people. but if you want serenity , forget about it. maybe on a weekday . but I saw many thru hikers too.. also there isnt 360 degree views. mainly to the south and slightly to the east and west. good views but I've been to spots with 360 views and better locations to watch sunset facing west. if you don't hike alot be prepared for somewhat tough trail especially at the end. but me being an avid hiker, it was easy and short. no water source ya gotta get it from the creek that's on that trail that goes towards the parking area. bring all your water up to the summit.

4 days ago

A beautiful trail with just the right amount of inclines for a decent workout. We like to hike this one during the week, as we live about 20 minutes away, so we seem to always have the trail to ourselves.
I always bring my trekking poles due to the stream crossings. At least 5 or 6 of them. And, our puppy Pyrenees loves this trail too. :)
If it’s pretty, take the small detour to the overlook. Beautiful.

5 days ago

Did this as a overnight backpacking trip with The pup starting counter clockwise from Vogel State Park and camping about 5 1/2 miles in near calf stomp pass. Definitely a strenuous hike with a lot of persistent uphill climbs, especially after crossing wolf pen gap Road and entering the blood Mountain wilderness area. I’m glad I did this hike in the winter since the bare trees revealed mountains surrounding you the majority of the hike, though there’s no grand vistas for a nice photo. I went during the week and only ran into one other party each day on the trail. All told, we probably walked for about 8 hours. If you’re doing the overnight trip, stop into the Vogel Park visitor Center and they will provide you a little map that indicates where you can find backcountry campsites and water on the trail. Good if you’re looking for a challenging, quiet trail, and very manageable for the average fitness hiker when broken into two parts.

6 days ago

Nice easy stroll. Pretty lake views

Beautiful day for a walk. Walked most of the trails in the park. t-shirt weather has arrived. Saw lots of other people walking the trails.

9 days ago

Normally a very nice Fairly strenuous hike. But the trail is completely destroyed and dangerous at about 2.5 miles up. A section on the trail has washed out. About 70 feet long and 20 feet in elevation. The trail will need a complete reroute to be safe again. 3/1/2019.

This trail is awesome! Definitely very rocky, obviously a lot of incline. Muddy in several areas but probably because it snowed recently and it’s melting. Beautiful views of the mountains. Loved it!

Pretty Falls and very short easy hike!

15 days ago

Did this one clockwise, nice moderate climbs up Slaughter and Coosa. Decent seasonal views with no leaves on the trees. FYI this trail is 12.9 miles (not 11.8 per AllTrails map), count in the .1 mile from the parking lot to the trailhead and back and you’re over 13 miles. I day hiked it but the park recommends doing it as an overnight.

20 days ago

21 days ago

February 24, 2019 - Don’t go until the trial is repaired. From the ice storm, excessive rains and wind issues the trial is impassable around mile 3. Large trees to small bushes impede the hike. After about 1/4 mile of going around he fallen debris there was a section, newly damaged, that was too difficult and potentially dangerous, we turned back.

The trial was very easy to find and follow and there are beautiful views from both Cow Rock Mountain and Wolf Laurel Top. As others have said, the first 3/4 of a mile is no joke. It gains almost 700 feet in elevation quickly. It was a bit of a workout for me, but the payoff was worth it. The stretch from Cow Rock to Wolf Laurel was a nice stroll. It did gain some elevation and become a little challenging in a few places, but nothing too rough.

Due to all of the rain we’ve had in the last week, the trial was pretty muddy in some spots and had a little standing water in a few places. These slots were pretty simple to work around and avoid, but just not it is a little muddy.

Overall a good workout with rewarding views at the top!

22 days ago

Awesome waterfall and easy to hike and find. Parking for about 10 cars. Trail is wide, a bit muddy but a perfect walk and only .3 miles. Walkway and stairs make the climb easy.

With the leaves down, there are views throughout. Did it counter clockwise. Long sustained climb uo Coosa. Took the short trip to Coosa Bald as well. Next time Counter clockwise. Imagine there would be few views once the leaves breakout.

I found this trail to be challenging, but then again, I’m 44 years old and could stand to lose 20 pounds. Peaceful hike that wasn’t really too crowded. A couple of sections of the hike were tougher than others as the elevation crept up pretty quickly. The biggest gotcha was picking up Freeman Loop. There is a sign about a mile in the point straight ahead for the Freeman Trail. This is also where the Appalachian Trail crosses over. If you are standing directly in front of the sign for Freeman Trail, you need to look to about the 2 o’clock position to see the entrance to that trail. It’ll be marked with a blue has on a tree a few feet into the trail. For some reason I thought I was supposed to literally go straight ahead. It was a pretty steep slope and I quickly realized I was in the wrong place. It takes some work to get up to the top and to the shelter but it is worth it. Coming back down is much easier and faster as you complete the loop.

1 month ago

This trail is definitely one of my favorites. It is VERY rocky so wear supportive shoes or hiking boots. I don’t recommend going after it has rained. We went about 3 days after a storm and a lot of the trail was very muddy (I’m very thankful I wore hiking boots instead of tennis shoes). Also keep in mind that it is very windy and colder at the top than at the bottom. We went when it was 59 and we were freezing at the summit. The views are so beautiful even on an overcast winter day. It was definitely worth it!

Did this yesterday solo. I hiked clockwise and swapped the bottom part of the CBT with the Bear Hair Trail for the views and the additional mileage. Great hike, only saw two other hikers (hiking together). Hiking clockwise gets the ascents out of the way first while you're still fresh. The views from the summit of the Bear Hair trail are awesome. Also there are winter views from the trail on the east side of Slaughter Mountain. My total mileage was 14.34 and time was 5:59:25. Be advised there are lots of blow-down on the way up Slaughter from the south.

1 month ago

Very strenuous trail, it was 27 deg and raining the entire time. However my brother and I are novices and we were able to complete it in a single day (8hrs). Only saw one other person on the trail, so if you're looking for solitude go on a rainy day.

Great short walk while out and about. The only people who shouldn’t do this “hike” are ones who can’t handle stairs. Otherwise it is very short and easy. The road on the back way in to the trail (not from Vogel) was a great scenic drive with two shallow creek crossings. I’m not sure I would want to take a car through it but any SUV or truck should be fine.

Went out today to shake out my trail legs. The Bear Hair trail was a good choice. Good stretches allowed for some running with just enough elevation gain to feel the burn. Great views with waterfalls cascades on both sides of the loop, and you’re hiking underneath two of the tallest peaks in GA. Good time, beautiful day.

1 month ago

The hike it’s amazing just very dangerous in some portions. Completed with my husband today Saturday, February 2nd. It was strenuous in some portions but gives you beautiful views and different landscapes than the AT. Too many trees and frozen rocks on the trail but it’s doable just be very careful.

The hike is great but the trail it’s very difficult to follow because there is so little marks. I did 2 weeks ago when there was snow and I got lost. Luckily I ended at the road back to the parking lot. Nevertheless, I came back today with better weather and It’s ok. There was no one but my husband and I in this beautiful place. I love it. I wish the marking was better. It’s not 7.5 miles it’s actually around 9 miles.

Nice trail with length options. Somewhat rocky, tree rooted, but still not to bad. Went the full loop. The purple section had a dog leg uphill that really pushed me. For a slightly easier route, start with the blue section on the left from parking lot #2.

This trail has great views up the mountain and can be challenging because there's a lot of rocks you are climbing over. We started the loop going to the left but found out that picture worthy views are on the right side of the loop. This trail was a little confusing to us because there are multiple trails that overlap this one and go different ways. We found that we messed up twice and we were hiking the Appalachian trail instead so we had to back track. I suggest giving yourself time for this one. We did the full loop in 5 hours. That's including stopping for photos, resting, and getting lost. We ended up hiking for 45 mins in the dark.

awesome trail with some great views.

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