Appalachian Trail (Section #8)

Hightower Bald to Rainbow Springs
Located 10.7 miles from Hiawassee, Georgia (GA)
4 Stars
23,401 Steps 1  (10.3 mi)
Appalachian Trail: [ #001 - #212 ]

Elevation

The Appalachian Trail (Section #8) has a maximum elevation of 4,700 ft (1,433 m), a minimum elevation of 2,863 ft (873 m), and an elevation range of 1,837 ft (560 m).

Metrics

[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
23,40110.3 mi2,863 ft4,700 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
6.0 hrs150.81,810 ft403 ft
[ B to A ]
TimeFloorsGainLoss
5.4 hrs33.6403 ft1,810 ft

What is the length of the Appalachian Trail Section #8?

The length of the Appalachian Trail Section #8 is 10.3 mi (16.6 km) or 23,401 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Appalachian Trail Section #8?

A person in good physical health can hike the Appalachian Trail Section #8 in 6.0 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 5.4 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Calories

The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Appalachian Trail Section #8 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Hightower Bald to Rainbow Springs topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

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  1. Northwest Topo Map: Shooting Creek, NC
  2. North Topo Map: Rainbow Springs, NC
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Prentiss, NC
  4. West Topo Map: Macedonia, GA
  5. Topo Map: Hightower Bald, GA
  6. East Topo Map: Dillard, GA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tray Mountain, GA
  8. South Topo Map: Lake Burton, GA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Tiger, GA

Is there an Appalachian Trail map for Section #8?

Yes, and they're free! The Appalachian Trail Section #8 is located on the Hightower Bald and Rainbow Springs topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

AT008T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Appalachian Trail Section #8 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Footnotes

  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.