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Yellow Mountain Trail
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Trail Length: 6.0 miles Type of trail: In and out
County: Union County, GA Our rating: Moderate
Features: scenic, camping Your rating:
Usage: Light Added on: April 20, 1998
Last hiked: April 20, 2014 Updated on: November 29, 2015
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Steps at the Yellow Mountain trailhead
There are many trail options when hiking the Yellow Mountain Trail creating three entrances and one spur trail that heads north from Yellow Mountain through Shope Gap and on to Mulky Gap. We recently remeasured this hike with a GPS and the out and back distance from the trailhead on Cooper Creek Road to Addie Gap and back again is 6.0 miles. Because of the variety of options, the mileage cited elsewhere may be different.

Our hike took us from the entrance on Cooper Creek Road (FS 236) to the top of Yellow Mountain, then down into the alcove around Bryant Creek, crossing the footbridge just south of the Pretty Branch confluence and climbing up to Addie Gap. We then returned on the same trail.

Yellow Mountain Trail Narrative

By far the most popular trail in the Cooper Creek Scenic Area, the Yellow Mountain trailhead is 600 feet north of the Cooper Creek Parking Area. The creek forms the northern boundary of the parking area and must be crossed on the bridge just past the parking area used by the road. The path climbs a few steps and then begins rising at an easy to moderate pace to the ridge that forms Yellow Mountain, just under 3,000 feet. Since the trailhead is at 2200 feet, the climb is about 800 feet to the ridgetop at 1.1 miles. Outstanding views of the Scenic Area from Yellow Mountain are best from late fall to early spring, but some views, especially those on or near the ridge top are year round.

Shortly after the highpoint of Yellow Mountain the Cooper Creek Connector comes off to the left. This path runs north of Yellow Mountain to the Mill Shoals Trail and the Cooper Creek Campground Trail. Mill Shoals Trail comes off the Cooper Creek Connector to the right after 0.3 miles, and drops to Millshoal Creek next to Duncan Ridge Road, while the connector trail continues to the Cooper Creek Campground.

Most of the Yellow Mountain Trail is well marked, but on occasion the blazes can be difficult to find. At 1.5 miles the trail splits. We have not walked this northern spur (trail to the left) recently, but the trail continues north along a ridge to Shope Gap on Duncan Ridge Road, then on to the Duncan Ridge Trail at Mulky Gap. Some friends have started calling this spur of the Yellow Mountain Trail the Shope Gap Trail. This trail spur is moderately difficult.

After crossing Yellow Mountain the path continues along the ridge as an easy, downhill hike. Just past the 2.0 mile mark the trail begins a switched descent to a split-log bridge on Bryant Creek in a spectacular old-growth forest. From here, the trail rises to Addie Gap, on Forest Service Road 236A. Turn around and retrace your step to the car or the campground.

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