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.
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).
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).
The 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail crosses Hogpen Gap at about 30 miles east of its start at
Springer Mountain, Georgia.
Hogpen Gap is the most difficult climb in the 103.8 mile/11,230 vertical feet Six Gap Century (Neels 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
Steepest ½ mile begins at mile .5 and is 11.6%.
Hogpen Gap East
Steepest ½ mile begins at mile 3 and is 11.4%.
That’s a wrap!!