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Atlanta: Coosa Backcountry Trail

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Distance: 10.9 miles


This strenuous 11.3-mile loop offers a bit of everything--rugged summits, challenging trails, dense woodlands, mountain streams, remote campsites, and heaps of solitude.

I read about the Coosa BC as being one of the more difficult hikes in N.GA. This is why I choose to do it in preparation for the TMB in September. I packed 30-35lb pack with 3 liters of H2O. Water is available at low altitude which is before you need it or after you complete the strenuous section. I hiked counter-clockwise and glad that I did. The climb starts after crossing mountain creek, then the steepness gets real when you reach a Rhodedondren tunnel, and you can rejoyce when make it to a fern field. However, don't celebrate yet, the Blood Mtn Wilderness waits your arrival. The switchbacks from the first mountain climbs don't exist when you enter the Blood Mountain Wilderness. There it is a straight climb up the mountain. Save some water and use your energy wisely. I was rewarded when entering the BMW with the sighting of a Black Bear. First in my life. Luckily it was running from me. Maybe it had something to do with my body odor at this point of the hike. Coosa is listed as a 12.7 mile hike by the GA Park Service. I started at 10am and completed at 4pm. I carried 30-35 lbs of camping gear in case I needed to camp. Hike begins and ends in Vogel State Park however, you will be alone for the most part on the trail. I only ran into two other hikers. There is a Desani Machine serving Powerade at the trailhead. I purchased one at the end of the hike and it was wonderfully headache cold

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