Tray Mountain via Tray Gap Tray Mountain Wilderness, GA
miles
LENGTH 1.5 MILES
DIFFICULTY 4.3 Easy
DURATION 1 hour
ELEVATION GAIN
600
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Tray Mountain via Tray Gap

Hike the shortest route to Tray Mountain from Tray Gap along the Appalachian Trail. For a 1.5 mile hike roundtrip, you get views to both the north and south of the summit, making this an excellent shorter day hike.

Getting to Tray Gap will be a challenge if you don't have a vehicle with some ground clearance or 4-wheel drive, but I've been told sedans should be able to make it from the west side of Tray Mountain Road coming from Helen.

The AT crosses the gap on the south side. You'll be heading north on the AT, in this case, west. You should immediately pass an info board (with nothing on it at the time of this hike) and be heading uphill or you're going the wrong way.

Ascend up a few switchbacks, coming to a view to the north at .6 miles. Just another tenth of a mile further you'll summit Tray Mountain, having climbed 600 feet in .7 miles making for a steep rate of over 800 feet per mile. Along the way are numerous erosion control water drain off paths.

The short hike is worth it with a good view to the south and just a few feet further down the trail, another view to the north. If you're looking for something longer, try Tray Mountain from Indian Grave Gap or from Unicoi Gap for a much more epic hike.

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Details
length1.5 miles
difficulty4.3 Easy
duration1 hour
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain600 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestTray Mountain Wilderness
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtBlue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.799313, -83.6909 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°47.96, W 83°41.45 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°47'58'', N 34°47'58'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.799313, -83.6909 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°47.96, W 83°41.45 most GPS units use this one
N 34°47'58'', N 34°47'58'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Tray Gap has three roads leading to it. The east side of Tray Mountain Road is closed and would only be accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicle. I have been told the west side of Tray Mountain Road from Helen off GA-17/GA-75 is accessible by sedans but it's still recommended to have a vehicle with ground clearance or 4-wheel drive. Taking Indian Grave Gap Road to Tray Mountain Road crosses a creek making it not recommended for low ground clearance cars. From the north, as of Fall 2018 Corbin Creek Road is currently not accessible by sedan. Work is planned for Spring of 2019 to repair washed out sections. Call the Ranger Station for more information.
Parking Capacity
10-15 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 Short Option to Tray Mountain
This is the shortest route to Tray Mountain, but the views don't know the difference. Don't let the 1.5 miles fool you, it's still a steep climb up. Good views in both directions.
Easy | Hiked Fall 2018
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