Hogpen Gap East Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Hogpen Gap East

GA, USA

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Climb Summary


Cycling Hogpen Gap East - road bike with PJAMM Cycling jersey laid out over seat, bike leaning against wooden railing, overlooking lush green ridge lines and mountainside with wildflowers

Cycling Hogpen Gap East

Ride 7.1 miles gaining 2,146’ at 4.9% average grade.

We are surrounded by the lush Appalachian Mountain forest as we climb.  The climb is much harder than its average 4.9% suggests because four descents (one of 1.1 miles at -2.1%) reduce the gradient for the overall 7.1 mile climb.  However, this is a tough bike ride with the first two miles at 5.9% and 10% average grade for 2.1 miles beginning at mile three.

Cycling Hogpen Gap East - photo collage, US Forestry Service Appalachian Trail Hogpen Gap stone sign, Chattahoochee Wildlife Management sign with road bike with PJAMM cycling jersey draped over it leaning against sign, arial view of cyclist in PJAMM Cycling jersey  standing next to gradient road sign

This is one of the Six Gap Scenic North Georgia tour routes.

(Wolfpen Gap, Woody Gap, Neels Gap, Hogpen Gap, Unicoi Gap and Jacks Gap).

Climb begins by riding west up Route 348 (GA Scenic Byway) from its T intersection with Route 75A

Mile 4-5 averages 10%

The Hogpen Gap climbs are along Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway and end at the Appalachian Trail, which crosses our path at the Gap. These bike climbs are in the Blue Ridge Mountain subrange of the Appalachian Mountains and are in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest (866,468 acres, established in 1936).

Hogpen East during fall colors.

Cycling Hogpen Gap East - photo collage, up close view of two-lane road with yellow divider lines, road bike leaning against wooden railing overlooking lush green hillsides, cyclist riding along road surrounded by lush greenery, road bike leaning against road sign noting Appalachian Trail Ahead, road bike with PJAMtM Cycling jersey draped over it leaning against Raven Cliffs Trailhead Chattahoochee National Forest sign

The 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail crosses Hogpen Gap at about 30 miles east of its start at

Springer Mountain, Georgia.

Cycling Hogpen Gap East - close up of Appalachian National Scenic trail map and information from US National Forest Service

View at the overlook at the top of the climb.

Hogpen Gap is the most difficult climb of the 103.8 mile/11,230 vertical feet  Six Gap Century (Neel Gap, Hogpen Gap, Unicoi Gap, Jack’s Gap, Wolfpen Gap, and Woody Gap).  A  route map of the Six Gap Century can be found here.

Hogpen Gap West

A nice 45 mile loop with 6,305 vertical feet begins in Helen, and we have included Brasstown Bald in that route.  Ride 2.2 miles to 3,452’ gaining 1,235’ at 10.5% average grade.

That’s a wrap!!