Atlanta: Coosa Backcountry Trail

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.
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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.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 17.5

Waypoints

CBT001

Location: 34.7640762329102, -83.9260406494141

Go W on trail marked Bear Hair Gap and Coosa Backcountry Trail

CBT002

Location: 34.763256072998, -83.9331665039062

Turn R, then L, following trail S to Blood Mountain

CBT003

Location: 34.7514381408691, -83.9374084472656

Turn L onto trail to Coosa Backcountry Trail; top off your water bottles in Wolf Creek

CBT004

Location: 34.7473373413086, -83.9440765380859

Pass over Slaughter Gap; path then swings N over tricky rock ledges and boulder fields to Slaughter Mountain (4338 ft.)

CBT005

Location: 34.7641716003418, -83.9524002075195

Cross paved road @ Wolfpen Gap; keep N

CBT006

Location: 34.7720527648926, -83.9585189819336

Trail climbs over Wildcat Knob; strenuous uphill ahead

CBT007

Location: 34.777645111084, -83.9598007202148

Leave trail to reach Coosa Bald on L; best views are in winter and spring

CBT011

Location: 34.7681541442871, -83.9398345947266

Cross dirt road; hike.6 miles to close loop; turn L to return to trailhead

CBT010

Location: 34.7860984802246, -83.9248504638672

Footbridge crosses over mountain creek

CBT009

Location: 34.7901802062988, -83.9448165893555

Cross Locust Stake Gap; continue straight

CBT008

Location: 34.7858238220215, -83.9534301757812

Cross dirt road; it's rollercoaster of ups and downs ahead