Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Shortoff Mtn

Drive Guide - Shortoff Mountain via Cole Gap from Atlanta

  • Duration: 2:20
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898:
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • I-285 E
    • I-85 N
    • I-985 N and go 23.8
    • US-23 N and go 52 to US-76 in Clayton
    • Straight on US-23 N for 7.5
    • R on GA-246 / NC-106 and go 14.2
    • R on US-64 and go 0.3
    • L on US-64 E and go 2.7
    • L on Buck Creek Rd and go 2.1
    • Trail leaves road on R, clearly marked, just after FS-4535 enters from L and just befor before road turns 90 degrees R. Park on FS-4535
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: Clayton, GA. Busy on weekends.
    • Penultimate McDonalds: Cornelia, on Level Grove Rd, just BEFORE Cornelia and your exit to US-441.

Drive Guide - Shortoff Mountain via Yellow Mountain Gap from Highlands, NC

  • Duration: N.A.
  • Google Maps URL: http://goo.gl/maps/iLn8H
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: Final 1/2 mile is dirt road marked “No Trespassing”
  • Directions:
    • L on US-64 E and go 6.9
    • L on NC-1144 / Norton Rd and go 2.0
    • L on Yellow Mountain Rd and go 400’
    • L on Jodytown Rd and go 1.2
    • Keep R on Ponderock Drive and go 380’ (Bing calls this Jodytown Rd)
    • L on dirt Ponderock Dr and go 20’ (Bing calls this Alaska Dr)
    • L fork at telephone pole - “No Trespassing” sign here

Drive Guide - Shortoff Mountain via Cole Gap from Yellow Mountain Gap

  • Duration:
  • Google Maps URL from Ashford Dunwoody Rd and I-285 at 33.91998, -84.33898: http://goo.gl/maps/R9Dvz
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • East (out) on Ponderock Dr
    • R on paved Ponderock Dr / Jodytown Rd and go 1.3
    • R on Yellow Mtn Rd and go 400’
    • R on NC-1144 / Norton Rd and go 2.0
    • R on US-64 E and go 4.3
    • R on Buck Creek Rd and go 2.1
    • Trail leaves road on R, clearly marked, just after FS-4535 enters from L and just befor before road turns 90 degrees R. Park on FS-4535
  • Food
    • Last McDonalds: none

Trail Guide via Cole Gap

  • Duration: 1.8 miles, 900’ climb, 1:15 up; 0:50 down
  • Navigation
    • Trail departs on east side of road.
  • Trailhead altitude: ~4250
  • Summit altitude: 5020
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead 35.10438,-83.20323
    • Summit: 35.1077, -83.1816

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree: Yes
  • Space to guy mast: Yes
  • Cell coverage: 2014 VZN=yes; 2015 ATT=yes

See Also

  • http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1990535