Ascent of Tray Mountain on 2008-03-02

Climber: G. Ringle

Date:Sunday, March 2, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tray Mountain
    Elevation:4430 ft / 1350 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a pretty tough hike. It was warmer than I expected and I ran out of water too early. The return hike back up and over Rocky Mountain was rough. My legs were tired and no water. This trail crosses two forest roads on the way to the summit. So, if you are less inclined to do the 10.8 mile round trip from Unicoi Gap, you can start much closer to the summit. One of the roads even passes maybe a mile or less below the summit.

Unlike many of the Georgia 4000 footers, this one actually has a nice view from the top. Not as nice as Blood Mountain, but there is a rocky slab at the summit that provides views to the SE and to the N. You can see Mount Yonah, Brasstown Bald, and Lake Chatuge.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1481 ft / 451 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.8 mi / 17.4 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Trailhead:Unicoi Gap  2949 ft / 898 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 2 Hours 44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Days 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Unicoi Gap to Tray Mtn.

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rocky Mountain2008-03-021068 ft / 326 m
2Tray Mountain2008-03-021481 ft / 451 m
Total Trip Gain: 2549 ft / 777 m    Total Trip Loss: 2549 ft / 777 m

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