Cycling Hogpen Gap East
Ride 2.4 miles gaining 1,203’ at 9.5% average grade.
We are surrounded by the lush Appalachian Mountain forest during this challenging and fun bike climb.
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. This bike climb is 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 at Hogpen Gap about 30 miles east of its start at Springer Mountain, Georgia.
We also pass Tesnatee Gap at the big left turn 0.6 miles from the top (see upper left center photo).
Hogpen Gap from the other side of this climb (from the east/Helen, GA) 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
A nice 45 mile loop with 6,305 vertical feet begins in Helen and we have included Brasstown Bald in that route -- our route is counterclockwise from Helen and ascends Hogpen from the east and descends the western side. Ride 2.2 miles to 3,452’ gaining 1,235’ at 10.5% average grade.
Steepest ½ mile begins at mile .5 and is 11.6%
Hogpen Gap East
Ride 6.4 miles to elevation 3,452’ gaining 2,081’ at 5% average grade.
Steepest ½ mile begins at mile 3 and is 11.4%.