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blueBlack Yonah Mountain Trail #632


2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,448' 441 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 3,157' 962 m
Low: 1,739' 530 m


Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)


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Enjoy a very nice trail at Yonah Mountain for beginner or intermediate hikers.

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Occasionally the mountain will be closed off due to US Army training, but it's not often.

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There are outdoor bathrooms at the bottom of the trail (near the trailhead), as well as near the service road junction.


The main Yonah Mountain Trail starts at the trailhead, available just off Chambers Road in Helen, GA.

The trail starts with a moderate uphill climb, crossing via bridge over a brook at one point. Eventually a set of switchbacks starts, as well as a very neat set of steps that are part of the mountain itself. There are lots of off-trail shortcuts that people have made; please try to avoid the temptation of taking these and stay on the blazed trail. As you climb, there are a few big scrambles up rocks that are in the path, but nothing too difficult.

Eventually, you'll reach the first LZ (landing zone) used occasionally by the US Army—this is a grassy area about two-thirds of the way up the trail (here is also where, if you wanted to do some toprope climbing, you'd take a detour to the right).

From this point, the trail gets significantly steeper. The last third is quite the uphill climb! At least there's no scrambling beyond this point.

Once you get to the outdoor bathrooms, you are at the end of the area managed by the National Park Service. Above this point on the mountain, there are few defined trails, as it is managed solely by the US Army. To reach the summit, follow the road to the right (south). Once at the "peak" (which is really just a grassy area for landing helicopters), you'll have great views of the surrounding area.

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Nov 9, 2019
Damien Sinn
Good climb snakes!!! Wife’s hiking boot had a blowout at the top! Whole sole came off.
Jul 13, 2019
Taylor Y
Jun 1, 2019
Geoff Stewart
May 11, 2019
JC Miller
Super foggy 4.7mi — 2h 15m
May 3, 2019
J Kortrey
Mar 30, 2019
Susannah Swanson
Very difficult incline, trail not blazed well. Lots of scrambling half way up. Lots of gnats. Bathrooms 2/3 of the way up. Free parking and camping. 2.3mi — 2h 40m
Mar 23, 2019
Julia Fleischer
Feb 21, 2019
Jasim Shuja

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