Trip-specific: Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Big Cedar (W4G/NG-023) and Black Mountain (W4G/NG-022)

Note: Big Cedar is NG-023; Black Mountain is NG-022. This is confusing (but true). Normally the lower-numbered summit is taller, but Big Cedar is taller and 10 points and Black Mountain is 8 points, but Big Cedar is NG-023 and Black Mountain is NG-022.

  • Duration: 1:20
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/iv36I
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
    • Paved road all the way. Parking may be full on weekend. Plenty @ 8:45 Saturday, August 24, 2013.
  • Directions:
    • GA-400/US-19 N and go 47 miles.
    • L on GA-60/US-19 and go 5.1
    • R on GA-9 and go 8.0
    • Straight on GA-60 and go 5.4
    • Park at Woody Gap AT trailhead
    • Big Cedar trail leaves the parking area past the latrines. Black Mtn trailhead is 200 yards NW on GA-60 (continuing in direction of drive)
      • Google Maps shows this dirt road incorrectly!
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Dahlonega
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Hwy 53, Dawsonville - 38 miles from I-285

Trail Guide - Big Cedar

  • Duration:
    • Big Cedar: 0:55 up, 0:35 down; 1.4 miles
  • Navigation
    • From Woody Gap AT parking, NE on AT, about 1 mile, climbing 530’
  • Trailhead altitude: 3173’ at Woody Gap
  • Summit altitude: Big Cedar Mtn: 3721’
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Woody Gap: 34.67763, -84.00031
    • Big Cedar Mtn Summit: 34.689, -83.9922
    • Maidenhead Grid: EM84aq

Trail Guide - Black Mountain

  • Duration:
    • Black Mtn: 1.1 miles, 0:40 up; 0:25 down
  • Navigation
    • From Woody Gap AT parking, walk NW on GA-60 ~200 yds.
    • L onto gated FS Rd
    • Follow dirt road to summit with fire/antenna tower.
  • Trailhead altitude: 3173’ at Woody Gap; 3128’ at entrance to FS road.
  • Summit altitude: Black Mtn: 3700’
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Gated FS Rd at 34.67924, -84.00232
    • Black Mtn Summit: 34.6749, -84.0061
    • Woody Gap: 34.67763, -84.00031
    • Maidenhead Grid: EM84hv

Summit Guide - Big Cedar

  • Hang antenna from tree: yes
  • Space to guy mast: yes
  • Cell coverage: AT&T=yes, Verizon=yes, APRS=yes
  • Unique features: Nice view a few tenths before the true summit

Summit Guide - Black Mountain

  • Hang antenna from tree: Yes
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage: AT&T=good; Verizon=good; APRS=yes
  • Unique features: Fire tower converted to antenna tower at summit.

Plan-B Candidates

  • Gooch Mtn & Sassafras Mtn, Blood Mountain, Levelland Mountain