Time  4 hours 50 minutes

Coordinates 1012

Uploaded January 20, 2016

Recorded January 2016

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3,461 ft
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7.14 mi

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near Amicalola, Georgia (United States)

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Stage 1

⇐ Link to the following stage: 2 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - GEORGIA - Section 17.2 and approx. - From Black Gap Shelter to Springer Mountain and Hawk Mountain Shelter

Tour of the approach stage to Springer Mountain, southern end of the Appalachian Trail ( Appalachian Trail ), in the state of Georgia (United States), inside the immense Chattahoochee National Forest, from south to north.

The stage runs from the Visitors Center of the Amicalola Falls State Park, to the Black Gap Shelter, located at the foot of the Black Mountain, shortly before starting the ascent to Mount Springer, about a mile and a half from its summit.

This stage, of continuous rise towards the summit of the Springer, crosses the spectacular Amicalola Falls, waterfalls of great height (729 feet), to which one ascends, with an approximate route of a mile, through a long staircase that meanders all the journey The name of Amicalola comes from the primitive name with which the place was known by the Cherokee Indians: "Um Ma Calo La", which means something like "falling water" or "sliding water".

The panoramic views from the upper area of the waterfalls are magnificent.

Leaving behind the steep climb of the waterfalls, the approach path begins a gradual ascent to Springer Mountain, which highlights the small hill, without views, of Frosty Mountain (3,382 feet), where until the 70's of last century A forest monitoring tower was installed.

A little less than a mile away from Frosty Mountain, the AT intersects with a lateral deviation to the south, which leads, after another mile, to the Len Foote Hike Inn, an establishment managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, which offers to all walkers who wish to spend the night in it, lodging, food and hot showers.

After crossing the Nimblewill Gap and the USFS-28, the trail climbs gently up the hill of Black Mountain (3,600 feet), which was installed in 1993 by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, the current Black Mountain Shelter, refuge with capacity for eight people, which has a latrine, cables to hang bags of food, ring of fire, and a good spring of water located or about three hundred meters away, descending the hill to the east.

In this shelter the stage concludes.
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Inicio del recorrido, en el Visitors Center del Amicalola Falls State Park

Start of the tour, at the Visitor Center of Amicalola Falls State Park
Waterfall

Pequeñas cascadas en los primeros metros de subida

Pequeñas cascadas en los primeros metros de subida
Waterfall

Amicalola Falls. Gran cascada.

Amicalola Falls. Gran cascada.
panorama

Vista panorámica desde lo alto de las Amicalola Falls

Vista panorámica desde lo alto de las Amicalola Falls
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Sendero

Sendero
Summit

Frosty Mountain (3.346 pies)

Frosty Mountain (3.346 pies)
Intersection

Intersección del AT con el sendero que conduce a Len Foote Hike Inn

Intersección del AT con el sendero que conduce a Len Foote Hike Inn
Summit

Vista

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Nimblewill Gap

Nimblewill Gap
Shelter

Black Gap Shelter

Black Gap Shelter

6 comments

  • hoosr66 Dec 5, 2016

    This is a challenging trail which is fitting as it is the first on the AT. Fell the burn, in your thighs. This trail is clearly blazed, well worn and easy to follow. It however have a multitude of loose rocks along the trail.

  • hoosr66 Dec 5, 2016

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    This is a challenging trail which is fitting as it is the first on the AT. Fell the burn, in your thighs. This trail is clearly blazed, well worn and easy to follow. It however have a multitude of loose rocks along the trail.

  • MarcAluma May 19, 2017

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    Ruta muy chula hasta el primer campamento. La hice corriendo ida y vuelta. Ruta muy facil de seguir (seguir las marcas verticales azules)

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    Pablo de Gárate May 19, 2017

    Muchas gracias, MarcAluma por tu comentario y tu valoración.
    Ciertamente, esta primera etapa de aproximación al Mt. Springer, inicio del Appalachian Trail en sentido de sur a norte, es una agradable ruta. Con las bonitas Amicalola Falls en su inicio.
    Lo de hacerla corriendo, ida y vuelta, tiene un mérito extraordinario, no sólo por la distancia (medio maratón), sinó también por el esfuerzo de la subidita.
    Un gran abrazo.

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    Arturo Ciorraga Dec 31, 2019

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    Bonita etapa. Fácil de seguir, ya que está muy bien indicada.
    Las Amicalola Falls son estupendas.
    Preferentemente en primavera y verano

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    Pablo de Gárate Dec 31, 2019

    Muchas gracias por tu comentario y valoración, Arturo.
    Un gran abrazo

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