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2010-09-15  
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Coosa Backcountry TrailHighlands, GA
Highlands, GA
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2010
Tough_Boots
Hiking13.51 Miles 3,696 AEG
Hiking13.51 Miles
3,696 ft AEG
 
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Well, this was not necessarily the most stimulating trail but beautiful in its own way. Most of my research recommended taking the loop counterclockwise but I did the opposite to get the hard part out of the way. I'll take my elevation gain first and this one definitely gave me a good dose all in the first half (take a look at the route). This area is definitely lush and seemed to be full of wildlife (I could hear things scurrying and calling all day) but nothing really showed itself to me except for a turtle and a really angry squirrel that I somehow surprised. It also rained down acorns all day-- many coming so close to hitting me that I suspected an army of birds and tree rodents doing their best to keep me away. I guess my only real complaint with this trail was the extreme lack of diversity found in the 13+ miles. I also would have appreciated a couple of nice views since this hike involved three ridge-lines. The trees were too full to ever get a glimpse in the distance. Had I realized this, I would have done a side hike across Duncan Ridge and bagged Blood Mountain only adding a mile and a half. Maybe late fall or early winter would be a better time for this hike. I sound like I'm complaining, but it really was a nice day-- also probably a great trail to backpack. There's lots of great camp sites all along the trail.
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