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Saturday, June 4, 2005

6-04-05. Just finished a hike from Jack's Gap up the Jack's Knob trail to the summit of Brasstown Bald. Finished it in just under 3 hours. The trail is in great shape and clearly marked. No signs of large wildlife but plenty of spiders webs. I guess that's the cost of having the trail to yourself. I saw one other group heading down, but others until I reached the vistor center parking lot. The first mile and a half from Jack's Gap is pretty tough, but once you reach the ridge line it flattens outs a little and even drops a few feet just before you reach the parking lot. There you find a paved 0.6 mile trail up to the summit. I was impressed. Very good hike.
Kevin


Wednesday, October 20, 2004

I hiked Jacks Knob Trail from 180 to the Brasstown Bald parking lot and back again on February 21, 2004. Round trip was about 5 miles. It took me about 4.5 hours, but I did get lost at the very beginning and rested for a bit when I got to the parking lot. Besides the very beginning, where the trail looks like it goes left onto a wide path (which ends up in a field), it is well marked and you shouldn't have trouble following it. There is nothing trecherous about this trail at all, nor is it very strenous. However, it will get you breathing hard and your heart pumping in places. I travelled alone and light - bringing just enough water and some food. I had the trail to myself. I saw no one and no large animals until I got to the top. Some good views, but even in February, it was too hazy. I will hike Arkaquah soon for a real challenge.
Chris K.


Thursday, February 26, 2004

Feb.26 Hiked from 180 up to the summit of Brasstown Bald. 3-8in of snow depending on location. It's ALL uphill from 180 to the parking lot except the last quarter mile. Didn't see a single person all afternoon! Snow was falling horizontally due to the nice 25mph winds. Gusts in the 50mph range on the summit. This trail plus the summit trail make for a great winter hike.


Thursday, February 12, 2004

Saturday, February 7, 2004 It was brisk as I left Marietta for Brasstown Bald. As I approached, it began to snow and the temperature dropped even further to 27F. In fact, the entrance road to the parking lot at Brasstown Bald was closed due to ice. Since I stopped on the side of the road right where Jack’s Knob trail crosses GA 180 ( and due to a little stubbornness on my part ), I decided to hike up to the Brasstown parking lot from that point. There was about ˝” of snow on the ground when I started and the wind roared overhead. The trail was steep, but my hiking boots gave me good traction in the snow. I was also glad to have hiking poles. I moved along at a pretty good pace, but I did have to stop several times to take breaks. The snow was constantly blowing into my face. It was an eerie site seeing the large parking lot ( at the visitor center ) empty since the road was closed. The wind whipped through from west to east, and it looked like an isolated Winter Wonderland – all the trees were covered in snow and small drifts were beginning to build up due to the wind. On my way back down, I came across two other brave souls who were hiking up. We startled each other and they had told me they had spotted my tracks in the snow. They looked cold, but they told me they were okay and we went on our separate ways. With my hiking poles and good footing, I was actually able to walk full stride for most of the trail down. I think I only slipped once, which I thought was pretty good given the conditions. I would guess the wind chill had to be in the teens at this point, but with my level of activity, I stayed warm as long as my skin was covered. The rhododendrons that line the path also provided a good wind screen. But the snow continued to come and the wind would blow it in your face no matter what you did. When I returned to the road (180) and my truck, the temperature had dipped to 24F and there was more than an inch of snow on the ground. It was cold and windy, but I was alive and invigorated. I would rate the day as great and the hike also. I will need to return sometime soon so I can continue my trek out to the AT and Chattahoochee Gap. Questions? Email me at red5@charter.net.
red5


Tuesday, December 16, 2003

I DID THE TRAIL ON 13DEC03 FROM BRASSTOWN TO THE CHATTAHOCHEE GAP AND BACK. THERE WAS NOTHING OR NO ONE ELSE AROUND, I HAD THE PLACE TO MYSELF. IT WAS ABOUT 34 DEGREES WITHOUT THE WINDCHILL FACTOR ADDED IN. THE FIRST 1/4MI THE TRAIL WAS ICE AND SNOW COVERED BUT ONCE DOWN IN ELEVATION ABOUT 700FT, THE ICE AND SNOW WERE GONE. STEEP DECENT DOWN TO HWY 180. BLAZES A LITTLE WEATHERED BUT OTHER THAN THAT TRAIL CONDITIONS WERE OK. THE 2MI. TO CHATTAHOCHEE GAP WAS EASY TO MODERATE. HAD HOPED TO SEE SOME WILDLIFE BUT SAW NONE. FROM THE 180 BACK TO BRASSTOWN WAS DEFINITELY STRENUOUS. 4HRS 20MIN R/T. GOOD HIKE IF YOU WANT A CHALLENGE.
JAYGA3


Tuesday, December 16, 2003

I DID THE TRAIL ON 13DEC03 FROM BRASSTOWN TO THE CHATTAHOCHEE GAP AND BACK. THERE WAS NOTHING OR NO ONE ELSE AROUND, I HAD THE PLACE TO MYSELF. IT WAS ABOUT 34 DEGREES WITHOUT THE WINDCHILL FACTOR ADDED IN. THE FIRST 1/4MI THE TRAIL WAS ICE AND SNOW COVERED BUT ONCE DOWN IN ELEVATION ABOUT 700FT, THE ICE AND SNOW WERE GONE. STEEP DECENT DOWN TO HWY 180. BLAZES A LITTLE WEATHERED BUT OTHER THAN THAT TRAIL CONDITIONS WERE OK. THE 2MI. TO CHATTAHOCHEE GAP WAS EASY TO MODERATE. HAD HOPED TO SEE SOME WILDLIFE BUT SAW NONE. FROM THE 180 BACK TO BRASSTOWN WAS DEFINITELY STRENUOUS. 4HRS 20MIN R/T. GOOD HIKE IF YOU WANT A CHALLENGE.
JAYGA3


Monday, October 21, 2002

On 10-19-2002 I hiked the Jacks Knob trail all the way to the AT (Chattahoochee Gap), 4-1/2 miles. The first 2-1/ miles to Highway 180 was easy (mostly downhill)then the remaining 2 miles to the AT were up and down through more mature forest. Saw very little wildlife except squirrels. I did see a lot of deer sign on the first leg of the hike from Brasstown Bald to Highway 180. The trail was clear for the most part and is reasonably well marked with blue markings.I did encounter a few small trees that were down, nothing that couldn't be easily stepped over. The trees were just starting to change and it was 44 degrees when I started my hike. I did not see another person on the entire hike and actually had places on the AT side of Highway 180 where I could hear no sounds of human civilization. I would rate this trail moderate other than the 2 mile uphill hike returning to Brasstown Bald that required frequent rest breaks. A 4 hour round trip.
Pat B.


Thursday, September 20, 2001

We hiked this trail 9/13/01 in the late afternoon with our new baby. Enjoyable and strenuous hike, with beautiful views. Hiked from the bottom of the mountain to the top. When we arrived at the top of the peak, I heard some scuffling sounds about ten feet away in the thicket of laurel trees. It was a big black bear who was looking for dinner! My husband and I ran down the rest of the trail to the parking lot. Baby slept through the whole experience. When we told the Ranger, he looked at us blandly and shrugged his shoulders. I guess they are used to it. Don't hike at breakfast and dinner time!
Frances Elizabeth


Sunday, May 14, 2000

5-14-00 We hiked the Jack's Knob trail from GA 180 south to the AT, about two miles in. The sign at the intersection directing hikers to "water" directs you about 100 yards steeply down the hillside to a small spring bubbling out of the hill, which is the beginning of the mighty Chattahoochee River, which provides the drinking water for a majority of Georgia's population. It provided us with a fresh and needed cool drink. The trail in to the AT is uphill almost the entire way, and quite steep in places. A beautiful hike, and we made it in and out in about 3 hours, although we were glad we were finished. Nice day hike, but strenuous. Not a bunny trail.
Rankin' Rob and HP Flowers


Saturday, February 26, 2000

I hiked the section from the bottom of Brasstown Bald (hwy 180 and access road) carring a 55lb pack. It was uphill all the way with a 1600 ft gain in about 1.25 miles. If you continue through to the top of the Bald the last .5 mile has about a 500 ft gain to the tower. I saw several ravens and crows and was startled by a ruffled grouse near the summit. The best thing was I had it all to myself.
Randall Holcomb


Trail Length:4.5 miles
Location: Union Towns County
Features:ATaccess, scenic.
Last hiked:10/19/2001
Type of trail:Point-to-point
Our rating:Difficult
Your rating:Hard (24)
Date added:01/01/1997
Trail Usage:Light
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