Summit Climbing in the Georgia Mountains

Summit Climbing in the Georgia Mountains
Georgia has numerous peaks in the Appalachian mountains. The peaks are not high altitude like those in the Rocky and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, but some do have a high level of difficulty. Beginning climbers also have numerous options in the state, and rock climbers will find walls throughout the Appalachians. Mountain climbers in Georgia must be prepared with first aid kits, water and clothing for inclement weather.

Rabun Bald

Rabun Bald is the tallest peak in Georgia at 4,695 vertical feet. The mountain does not have a large parking area with a well-marked trailhead. This makes it difficult to find the trail but also ensures it will not be too crowded. The trail to the summit is named the Bartram Trail and is located on Hale Ridge Road in Rabun County near the town of Sky Valley. The trail has steep switchbacks in some areas and is moderately difficult to climb. Along the trail you will encounter several stream crossings and waterfalls. The trail continues to a forest service road after the four-mile summit trip but many hikers will backtrack to their vehicles.

Poor Mountain

Poor Mountain is located on Section 4 of the Appalachian Trail in northeastern Georgia. The same trail can also be used to climb Sheep Rock Top, several high knobs and Blue Mountain. This trail is best for backpacking the 13 1/2 miles and making multiple summits in a single trip, although it is possible to hike the two miles to the Poor Mountain summit before turning around. Poor Mountain has an elevation of 3,640 feet, according to Georgia Hikes, and the trail and trailhead are well marked. The high points in this hike have clear views of the surrounding mountains and the lower sections of trail provide access to fresh water and flat tent sites.

Blood Mountain

Blood Mountain is in Union County, less than eight miles from the town of Suches. The mountain summit is 4,446 feet in elevation and the trail is clearly defined. The trailhead is labeled as the Byron Herbert Reece Trail but many local hikers refer to it as the Blood Mountain Spur Trail. Less than one mile in, the trail will connect with the Appalachian Trail. According to Georgia Hikes, you must stay left at the intersection for one mile. This stretch is called Neels Gap and it leads to the base of Blood Mountain. The trip to the summit is another 1 1/2 miles and you must backtrack on the return trip because there is no loop trail.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Colorado-mountain-adventure.com. Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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