Yonah Mountain

20 reviews #2 hike out of 242 in
2.1 mi
Distance
52 min
Time
terrain
1,363 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This trail to Yonah Mountain is located between Cleveland and Helen Georgia in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The trail is a constantly rising one from the trailhead to the summit with a fairly steep >30% grade near the midpoint of the hike. However, the destination is worth it. At the top, weather permitting, the view is astounding and you’ll find it hard to match (can you see the Atlanta skyline 80 miles to the south-south-west?).

The rock face is well known as a destination for repellers and is occasionally used for training by the U.S. Army, so call 706-864-3367 to make sure you won’t interfere with their exercises.

Getting Started

Parking is a well marked but unpaved, gravel lot. In the parking area there is a permanent latrine-style toilet with separate male/female facilities.

Note - gravel road to parking lot is very rough and rutted out, so it's wise to bring a high clearance vehicle to the trailhead.

Taking Children

The constant climbing on the trail may bore kids a little (or even wear them out), but kids (and adults) will be awed by the view.

Also, while the view is astonishing, the drop off on the rock face is as well, with no fence or railing. This is a very dangerous view and anyone at the top should take care not to get too close to the edge.


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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Would NOT label this easy. Moderate with strenuous sections is more fair I think. Trail markers are awful - keep the map open and reference it. Quite a few side trails have been cut/made and it can be easy to go astray. View is worth the climb. No water sources of any note so plan appropriately.
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    2 years, 4 months ago
    Yonah mountain. Super popular but good for some elevation gain.
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briggs.josh 2 years, 7 months ago
Yonah Mountain GA
25 pound pack. First trip with the Osprey Aether Pro 70. Only stopped maybe four times to take a drink. Rested at upper rocks for 10 minutes. Finished summit push.
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briggs.josh 2 years, 7 months ago
Yonah with Baker pack.
Same pack plus rope. Stopped once at the Vista for three minutes. Ate one energy chew before hike. Did quick descent. Temperature was in the 50s.
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adams910 2 years, 5 months ago
Yonah Mountain, 1st, rain+fog
Rain and fog. Chatted with other hiker. Relatively easy hike.
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