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Yonah Mountain Trail #632

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Out and Back

3,157' 962 m

High

1,740' 530 m

Low

1,471' 448 m

Up

1,471' 448 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views

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

Overview

An out-and-back hike to fabulous views from atop Yonah Mountain.

Need to Know

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

Description

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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Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 33 votes

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Photos

View from Yonah Mountain
Nov 8, 2019 near Cleveland, GA
Cliffs on Yonah Mountain
Nov 8, 2019 near Cleveland, GA
Top of Yonah Mountain
Nov 8, 2019 near Cleveland, GA

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Jun 16, 2021
Anne Nangle
4.3mi — 3h 20m
Apr 3, 2021
Mike He
Very popular, by 10 am the parking lot was totally full.
Jan 19, 2021
Geoff Fellows
Dec 27, 2020
Desiree Foy
Dec 27, 2020
Michael Foy
Great hike views were worth it 5.2mi — 2h 50m
Sep 21, 2020
Steven Durr
2.3mi — 1h 17m
Sep 7, 2020
Brandon Keene
4.6mi