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Cohutta Mountains Gravel Ride - Northwest Georgia - 45 miles - Sat 3/24

Old 03-15-18, 01:42 PM
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Cohutta Mountains Gravel Ride - Northwest Georgia - 45 miles - Sat 3/24

Cohutta Gravel Ride - 45 miles - Sat 3/24

This ride is postponed to April 7. See post number 5 below.
What: 45 miles of gravel in the Cohutta Mountains
Where: Ride starts at the Emery Creek trailhead, Old CCC Capmp Rd, approximately 10 miles east of Chatsworth in Northwest Georgia.
When: Saturday 3/24. Ride time is open for discussion. Earlier is better.
The Cohutta Mountains are as beautiful as the are rugged and this ride will feature mountain streams, waterfalls, vistas, wildlife and lots of climbing.

The route is 45 miles with 5100 ft elevation beginning at the Emery Creek trailhead at the base of the mountains. The first eight miles are flat and include a very scenic six mile paved sector before beginning the extended climb to Lake Conasauga and on to the fire tower at the summit of Grassy Mountain. The return features gorgeous double and singletrack sections of the Pinhotti trail and passes the 400 year old Gennett Poplar tree before returning to the trailhead. Omitting the out and back climb from Lake Conasauga to the fire tower will shorten the route to 38 miles and 4400 ft.

MTB or gravel bikes are required and bring your climbing gears. I hope to ride at 11+ MPH pace but everyone is welcome. Faster riders should be self sufficient and no one will be dropped or left behind.

Lake Conasauga has bathrooms about half way through the ride but they are closed during winter and may not yet be open. There are no other services on the route so come prepared. Large bottles or a hydration pack are recommended. Creeks are flowing I will bring a Sawyer water filter and extra NUUN tabs to make sports drink should the need arise.

The route is at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23628382

From Northwest Atlanta take I75 north to Hwy 411. Travel north on Hwy 411 to the City of Chattsworth. At the Kangaroo gas station in the center of town turn right onto East Fort St for approximately 1 mile. Turn left onto Holly Creek Cool Springs Rd for approximately 6.5 miles. Turn right onto Old CCC Camp road which will turn to gravel after approximately 2 miles. Follow the gravel road for another 1.5 miles to the trailhead parking lot. The drive is about 1 hr 15 min from Cartersville.

Heavy rain or severe weather cancels the ride. As of noon on 3/15 Weather Underground is predicting 40% chance of showers in the morning and clearing later in the day with a low of 44 and a high of 55. Check this thread if weather is questionable.

Send a PM if you are interested and I will reply with my cell number for text/voice.


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Some photos of the route from last summer...







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Old 03-18-18, 08:30 AM
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I'm interested but I have less than 10 posts on here so I can't PM. I am in Ringgold, GA. I am also new to cycling as an adult. I am in reasonably good shape but am not an avid cyclist yet. Could you PM me with a cell?
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Hi @LifeNovice1. I'm thinking of postponing this as the weather does not look good for Saturday or Sunday this weekend.


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This ride is postponed to April 7.

Weather Underground has been forecasting 40 F at 9:00 AM and rain most of the day. A cold mud-fest is not my intent and next week is Easter so the ride is being moved ahead two weeks. Hopefully the trees will be leafed out by then and we can enjoy some spring greenery in the mountains.


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Old 03-23-18, 11:24 AM
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Ok thanks. Apparently I dont' have enough posts to even answer my messages. But I will check on here from time to time to see the status of the ride. Thanks!
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Going to try to do this April 7
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