Cowrock Mountain via Hogpen Gap Raven Cliffs Wilderness, GA
miles
LENGTH 3.3 MILES
DIFFICULTY 12.1 Medium
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
1360
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Cowrock Mountain via Hogpen Gap

Give your heart-rate monitor something to do with this short steep hike to the summit of Cowrock Mountain from the slightly further away Hogpen Gap. A shorter version of this hike begins at Tesnatee Gap. Enjoy an expansive view from a bare rock perch along this Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail.

Parking at Hogpen Gap is just off GA-348/Richard B Russell Scenic Highway. Since you'll be travelling south along the AT, look for posts with white blazes to the right. Follow these southeast down the road for brief distance before crossing the highway and beginning your first ascent.

From the gap it's a short steady climb for a quarter mile before beginning the descent to Tesnatee Gap. You'll pass a couple campsites and a pretty good view that will get better in the winter. This section of trail will be steeper on the way back than the hike up to Cowrock, but try not to think about it right now.

Once you reach the gap, cross the parking lot and start going right back up. The entirety of this trail is quite rocky, so watch your step. There are also several sections of bare rock that if wet will be slick. After another quarter mile the trail lets you catch you're breath, heading downhill before going right back up.

Hike through a series of switchbacks before coming to the bare rock overlook of Cowrock Mountain. Bask in the fantastic view to the southeast and look for Yonah Mountain in the distance.

Be mindful of loose rocks and take it easy on the way back down. Once you reach Tesnatee Gap you have the most difficult climb on this hike still before you. It's a rough 25% grade for the first .3 miles, climbing at a rate of more than 1300 feet per mile. It lessens slightly for another .2 miles before descending back to Hogpen Gap.

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length3.3 miles
difficulty12.1 Medium
duration2 - 3 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain1360 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 34.725911, -83.83989 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°43.55, W 83°50.39 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°43'33'', N 34°43'33'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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34.725911, -83.83989 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°43.55, W 83°50.39 most GPS units use this one
N 34°43'33'', N 34°43'33'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Parking is directly off GA-348/Richard B Russell Scenic Highway. To begin this hike, you'll follow the AT southeast along the road for a short ways before crossing the highway.
Notes
In the spring you will pass numerous AT thru-hikers.
The trail is very rocky and can be wet and muddy. Be careful along slick wet rocks.
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hikethesouth-4 months ago
Well Worth the Effort
This is a pretty short hike, but it will definitely get your heart pumping. Heading up to the summit of Cowrock Mountain is a good climb, but the real challenge is the last incline heading back to Hogpen Gap after you're already tired. The view is well worth it though.
Medium | Hiked Summer 2018
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