Trip-specific: Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Akin Mountain (from Buckeye Knob)

  • Duration: 0:45
  • Google Maps
    • From Buckeye Knob and to Atlanta: http://goo.gl/maps/IqVId
    • Atlanta, Buckeye, Akin, Atlanta: http://goo.gl/maps/0XZ0E
    • … plus dinner: http://goo.gl/maps/cR97o
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: 4WD is essential. Deep, wide mud bogs. No gates observed.
  • Directions:
    • Head west (away from US-19) on Duncan Ridge Rd (USFS-39) and go 5.2
    • R on Mulkey Gap Rd and go 2.8.
  • Food:
    • Last McDonalds: None
    • Dinner: Smoke-n-Gold in Dahlonega

Drive Guide - Akin Mountain (from Atlanta)

  • Duration: 2:05
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/DovLq
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: All-season, dirt. Patrick drove it in February.
  • Directions:
    • North on GA-400 and go 47
    • L on US-19 N and go 5.1
    • R on 19 and go 13.0
    • L on US-19 and go 13.5
    • At Richard B Russel Scenic Hwy, reset odometer and go 0.7.
    • L on Owltown Rd and go 7.2
    • L on Mulkey Gap Rd at T and go 3.2 (turns to dirt after 2.7 miles)
    • Keep L on Mulkey Gap Rd at fork and go 1.4
    • Park at multi-road and trail intersection. Trailhead is on NW side of intersection.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Dahlonega
    • Penultimate McDonalds: GA-400 at GA-53 (38 miles north of I-285)
    • Dinner: Smoke-n-Gold in Dahlonega

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 0.8 miles, 0:50 up; 0:35 down
  • Navigation: Hike on the Duncan Ridge Trail from Mulky Gap. Steady, 700’ climb.
    • Trail is on NW side of intersection, marked with an iron post with “4” on it, and blue blazes.
    • Head NW (then W) from the road for 0.3
    • Sharp turn to N and go 0.2
    • Sharp turn to W and follow ridge line 0.3 to summit
    • It is moderatly strenuous for the first 1/2; the last 1/3 of the hike is strenuous.
    • At or just past the high point on the trail, there is exposed rock (N34.80053,-84.04894). Bushwhack about 75’ up to the ridge line (34.80064,-84.04916).
    • Follow the ridge line to your left about 100’ to the high point.
  • Trailhead altitude: 2820
  • Summit altitude: 3533
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 34.79906,-84.03993
    • Summit: 34.80030,-84.04960

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Yes
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage: AT&T=good, Vzn=good, APRS=outbound message failed in 2013

Plan-B Candidates

  • Blood Mtn, Levelland Mtn, Coosa Bald, Sheriff Knob, Buckeye Knob