Hiking Yonah MountainTuesday, September 13, 2016
The hike is a steady uphill climb with some boulder scrambles closer to the top -- a little over four miles roundtrip with an incline of over 1400 feet. It was a hot day, but the closer we got to the top the cooler and stronger the breeze became. We saw two enormous king snakes making their way through the brush on the side of the trail and gave both of them a very wide berth. The real concern, though, were the falling acorns -- they were like speedy missiles!
Halfway up the mountain, there's a large clearing where the U.S. Army Rangers train sometimes. It made me glad to be sweating in my tank top and shorts and not full army gear as we climbed upward. From the top of the mountain, you can get a really good view of the mountains to the north plus the small red dirt roads that lead to Yonah. We could see the peaks of a few rooftops the different mountains, so we picked out which mountains we wanted to live on as we caught our breath. :)
Most places I looked ranked the hike as moderate. It's a good distance for a quick hike (I think it took us around 2.5 hours) and is never painfully steep, although I did have to stop and catch my breath a few times. I've definitely been bit by the hiking bug now and am already looking up some more hikes we can do this fall. There's no shortage of beautiful places to climb in North Georgia. The problem is finding enough weekends for them all!