Wildcat Mountain Raven Cliffs Wilderness, GA
miles
LENGTH 1.6 MILES
DIFFICULTY 3.2 Easy
DURATION 1 hour
ELEVATION GAIN
430
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Wildcat Mountain

A short easy hike is all it takes to enjoy spectacular views from several vantage points along the ridge of Wildcat Mountain in north Georgia! Just off the Appalachian Trail, three views look across the valley toward the more popular Cowrock Mountain.

Begin this hike at the Hogpen Gap parking lot along GA-348 / Richard B Russell Scenic Highway. We'll be heading south along the AT, so take the trail to the right of the parking lot, walking along the grassy clearing for a short distance before crossing the highway.

Stay to the right after crossing the road, following the white blazes as the trail switchbacks several times up the hill. This is the steepest section, although still not too difficult. At a quarter-mile in you'll come to the intersection with the Whitley Gap Shelter Trail.

Turn left to leave the AT, taking this blue-blazed trail along the ridge of Wildcat Mountain and toward the Whitley Gap Shelter. You could also continue along the AT for a tenth of a mile for an additional view or even continue from here to Cowrock Mountain for a much more difficult 4-mile hike. In another quarter-mile the trail will split just to immediately rejoin. Here look for a side trail on the right for the first view.

Continue along the the ridge, dropping down before heading back up toward the summit. In another quarter-mile, a second side trail on the right leads steeply downhill to a grassy clearing. Continue down slowly past a large pine tree to get an expansive open view of Cowrock Mountain and the valley to the south. Along this side trail, take caution. The bare rock becomes increasingly steep and if wet can be slick. Watch children and dogs.

From here it's just a few more steps to reach the summit of Wildcat Mountain and the final view. This is an above the trees view and will get better in winter. Standing at the far end, you can just barely see Blood Mountain peaking over the summit of Cowrock and Coosa Bald off to the right. From here you could continue on downhill to the Whitley Gap Shelter but for this hike, turn around and head back the way you came.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.1 mi
21 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.3 mi
115 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.2 mi
105 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
327 ft
50 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.1 mi
147 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Details
length1.6 miles
difficulty3.2 Easy
duration1 hour
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite (AT), Blue (Whitley Gap Trail)
elevation gain430 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)
Trailhead Directions
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)
Google Map It
The trail begins on the southeast side of the parking lot to the right. Follow the white-blazed posts along the grassy clearing a short distance before crossing the highway.
Parking Capacity
12-15 vehicles, 10+ more on grass.
Notes
Be careful when crossing the road. You can't see too far down either direction so listen for oncoming vehicles.
The second side trail to the larger view is steep and wet rocks and mud can make it slippery. Use caution as a fall from here would most certainly result in a very bad day.
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5 (1)
hikethesouth-1 month ago
Amazing Views All To Yourself
Amazing views! I've hiked past this trail many times thinking it just led to a shelter and that's it, but there are several views along the way with the second one absolutely amazing. Completely open 180 degree view looking toward Cowrock. You can clearly see the main Cowrock view and the two additional views along the hidden trail that few know about. If you want something short with few other people then this will be perfect.
Easy | Hiked Summer 2020
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