Explorer | 30 pts
This was our second attempt at this trail. The first time was in summer, and we lost so much time just trying to locate the trail that when thunderstorms threatened we turned back.
This trail begins up on top of brasstown bald at the end of the parking lot. However, we elected to omit that part of the trail since we were mainly interested in seeing Chattahooche gap and the headwaters of the Chattahooche. We parked at the entrance of the road that leads to Brasstown Bald. Crossed over 180, to the left a bit and found the trail. The trail was in the summer was very grassy and snakey, another reason to turn back! I was definitely worried about stepping on a snake or worse getting bit by a copperhead. I didn't see it, but after I passed one log my grandson said "Hey, look at that huge snake, it just crossed right behind you..."
We tackled the trail again in January and made it all the way this time. Pretty strenuous. From the parking lot at the foot of Brasstown Bald to Chattahooche gap was two hours. It took us around 1.5 hours to come back. This includes rests and view stops. I would defintely say it's better to take this trail during the winter.