Tray Mountain

Location: North Georgia
Trip Starts: USFS 79
Trip Ends: Tray Mountain
Total Distance: 2.6 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Heavy
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
More Information:

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests
1755 Cleveland Highway
Gainesville, GA 30501
770 297-3000


Tray Mountain, with an elevation of 4,430 feet, is the seventh-highest peak in Georgia. The summit is located a short distance from Helen and serves as the boundary between White and Towns counties. The summit is located in the Tray Mountain Wilderness within the borders of the Chattahoochee National Forest and has limited views to both the north and south from a narrow clearing on the mountain.

We started our hike to Tray Mountain from U.S. Forest Road 79 along the Appalachian Trail in Tray Gap at 3,847 feet. From here it’s a short but steep 600 foot climb to the summit. For backcountry campers, continue on for less than a mile where there is water, a shelter, and some flat areas for camping at the nearby shelter, just 0.2 miles off the A.T. on a blue blazed side trail.

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