Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide

Drive Guide - Gooch Mountain from ATLANTA

  • Duration:
    • Atlanta to Gooch: 1:30
    • Gooch to Sassafras: 0:15
  • Google Maps from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/mwC2c
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Most of Coopers Gap Rd is dirt; easy drive in a Corolla; no gates.
  • Directions:
    • WARNING: Take the route shown below
      • Google Maps for cell phone routed me via Bus. US-19, Black Mtn Rd to Grassy Gap Rd.
      • Grassy Gap Rd becomes 4WD and I had to back out.
    • GA-400/US-19 N, and go 47 miles
    • L on US-19, and go 5.1
    • R on GA-9 and go 8.0
    • Keep L onto GA-60 and go 6.9
    • L on Cooper Gap Rd (across from small lake, onto paved road w/street sign) and go 3.3
      • L fork at 1.6 (stay on Cooper Gap Rd)
      • Pavement ends at 2.0.
      • Continue past AT crossing
      • Stop at 34.64775, -84.03514, 3.3 miles since leaving GA-60.
      • You’ll park at a valley/gulley, just before a buried-fiber post on the left.
    • —- To continue to Sassafras Mtn for double-header (drive time = 15 minutes)
      • SW (continue) on Cooper Gap Rd. Go 0.1
      • R fork, and go 5.2
    • You get to Woody Gap for Black Mtn and Big Cedar Mtn by heading back out the way you came.
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Dahlonega
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Hwy 53, Dawsonville, just north of Cumming

Trail Guide

  • Duration: 0.5 miles bushwhack, 0:30 up, 0:20 down
  • Navigation
    • Park on roadside at 34.64775, -84.03514. Altitude = 2969.
    • Bushwhack west, up to the ridge on your right.
    • You’ll follow the gully/valley up to the saddle.
    • Follow ridge from the saddle to the north to the summit.
  • Summit altitude: 3333
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 34.64775, -84.03514
    • Summit: 34.6509, -84.0382
    • Maidenhead grid: EM74xp

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: yes
  • Space to guy mast: Yes, but not to lay it out flat first
  • Cell coverage: AT&T=good 2016, Vzn=good 2015, APRS=good 2015

Plan-B Candidates

  • Black Mtn & Big Cedar Mtn & Sassafras Mtn