The Cohutta Cat is a 260-mile figure-8 loop in the mountains North Georgia and Eastern Tennessee.
This route is no joke. With 39,000 feet of elevation gain in 258 miles, it’s one of the hardest mile-for-mile routes around. It starts and ends at the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-a-Way near Ellijay. From there it is designed as a clockwise progression that takes riders through parts of the Pinhoti Trail, Fort Mountain State Park, around the Cohutta and Big Frog Wildernesses, through singletrack past the Ocoee Whitewater Center, past old mining sites, through the adventure town of Blue Ridge, around Lake Blue Ridge, through the Bull and Jake Mountain singletrack complex, past the Appalachian Trail, along the singletrack of Green Mountain and along abandoned railbeds to an amazing singletrack descent back to the finish.
The route utilizes flowy singletrack (15%), double track (15%), and beautiful gravel(30%) roads whenever possible. The approximately 40% paved roads that make up the rest of the route are a welcome reprieve that provide nice scenery and opportunities to gain some speed. The route is 99% rideable with only one 3/4-mile hike-a-bike early in the loop.
The group ride is just that: a ride, not a race. If you want to go as fast as you can, go for it. But there’s nothing for you at the end except first dibs on the hot tub and some of Ginni’s cooking… both of which are worth riding fast for.