Tray Mountain via Indian Grave Gap Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, GA
miles
LENGTH 5 MILES
DIFFICULTY 9.4 Easy
Medium
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
1460
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Tray Mountain via Indian Grave Gap

Hike to the summit of Tray Mountain as you travel northbound along the Appalachian Trail in north Georgia. Catching views to the north and south reward you on this moderately challenging day hike. This is the middle child of Tray Mountain hikes. You can take the much shorter route from Tray Gap or the much longer and more difficult route via Unicoi Gap on the other side of Rocky Mountain.

The hike begins at Indian Grave Gap. You will have to cross a creek if you take Indian Grave Gap Road from the north but I've been told coming from Tray Mountain Road from the south is passable for sedans, although it might be a bumpy ride.

This hike travels northbound on the AT, so take the white-blazed path on the opposite side of the road from the parking pull-off. You should pass a sign with the mileage to Tray Gap. If it says Unicoi Gap, you're going the wrong way.

At .7 miles you'll cross over Tray Mountain Road, roughly paralleling it all the way to Tray Gap. The first mile isn't too bad, gaining at a moderate rate of 550 feet/mile. After this you'll hike up two ascents at around 800 feet/mile. The first before you reach Tray Gap and the second from Tray Gap to the summit.

On the way, hike past a couple campsites and a blue-blazed side trail before coming to a small overlook at mile 1.5. Just behind the trees in front of you is Tray Mountain. Shortly afterward you'll arrive at Tray Gap at 1.7 miles.

Cross the road at Tray Gap, passing a blank (at the time) info sign and soon entering Tray Mountain Wilderness. Just before the summit, another small view opens up to the north. At the top of Tray Mountain, a view opens up to the south and a few feet down the trail another to the north giving you good views on both sides of the mountain.

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length5 miles
difficulty9.4 Easy-Medium
duration2 - 3 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain1460 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestChattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtBlue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.792994, -83.714264 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°47.58, W 83°42.86 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°47'35'', N 34°47'35'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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34.792994, -83.714264 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°47.58, W 83°42.86 most GPS units use this one
N 34°47'35'', N 34°47'35'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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The shortest way to Indian Grave Gap is from Indian Grave Gap Road off GA-17/GA-75. There is a creek crossing immediately that will require a vehicle with at least some ground clearance. You can also get there from Tray Mountain Road further south on GA-17/GA-75 near Helen. I have been told that sedans can make it but it's still recommended to have a vehicle with ground clearance or 4-wheel drive.
Parking Capacity
5-10 vehicles.
Notes
The trail has sections that are quite rocky and can be slippery when wet.
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hikethesouth-1 month ago
Great Day Hike Option
If you're looking to spend a few hours on the AT and want some nice views, this is you're hike. While there certainly are better views in north Georgia, you'll find a good bit of solitude on this hike unlike more well known areas. A good one to build up your trail legs as well as it has 3 escalating climbs with short breaks between each.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Fall 2018
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