Cowrock Mountain via Tesnatee Gap Raven Cliffs Wilderness, GA
miles
LENGTH 2 MILES
DIFFICULTY 5.6 Easy
Medium
DURATION 1-2 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
670
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Cowrock Mountain via Tesnatee Gap

Travel along the Appalachian Trail to an epic view on this short but challenging hike to the summit of Cowrock Mountain. This is another hike I find great in winter as you get better views on the way up. For a longer hike check out Cowrock Mountain via Hogpen Gap.

The parking area at Tesnatee Gap is small so get there early in the warmer months. This hike starts on the west side of parking area about halfway back. Look for the trail that goes straight up. Steep and rocky are the two words that describe this hike best and it begins right away. Parts of the trail can be wet and slippery and many of the rocks are loose so pay attention to your footing. This is a heads down trail.

After a quarter mile, the trail evens out for a bit, giving you a nice reprieve, but ultimately just delaying the continued onslaught. At just before .4 miles in, the trail begins a series of switchbacks that continue until the summit. At one of these turns, the trail looks like it splits, but it rejoins immediately.

At .84 miles, hike out onto a large exposed rock viewing area at the summit of Cowrock Mountain to take a well deserved break. A fantastic view rewards your hard work. Look for Yonah Mountain in the distance. Trek on along the white-blazed AT directly behind the view a short distance to another expansive view at just under a mile total distance. Be mindful of loose rocks and take it easy on the way back down. If you want more, from the summit continue hiking along the AT to Wolf Laurel Top for another great view and to extend your hike to 4.4 miles roundtrip.

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length2 miles
difficulty5.6 Easy-Medium
duration1 - 2 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain670 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestRaven Cliffs Wilderness
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtChattooga River District
9975 Highway 441 S
Lakemont, GA 30552
706-754-6221
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.725998, -83.847686 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°43.56, W 83°50.86 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°43'34'', N 34°43'34'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.725998, -83.847686 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°43.56, W 83°50.86 most GPS units use this one
N 34°43'34'', N 34°43'34'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The trail begins on the west side of the parking lot (on the right as you enter).
Notes
In the spring you will pass numerous AT thru-hikers. Say hello.
The trail is very rocky and can be wet and muddy. Be careful along slick wet rocks.
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hikethesouth-8 months ago
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Although this is an Easy-Medium hike, don't let that fool you. At less than a mile to the summit, this short hike will make you work for the view. But it's worth the effort. Great views from two sides of Cowrock Mountain.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Spring 2018
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