The Stanley Gap Trail inside the Aska Trail system, is moderate hike and 5 miles long. This hike is located in Blue Ridge GA. Typically, one car parks at the Aska Trail parking area off Stanley Creek/Rock Creek Road and the other in the Aska Trail parking area off Aska Road. This would make the hike, one side to the other 5 miles total. When I can’t do this, or i’m alone and want to stick with 5 miles, I usually go half way (2.5 miles) and then take a right onto Rocky Mountain Trail. You will come up on the sign for Rocky Mtn at this half-way point and it sends you up, about 300 ft or so to a huge rock outcropping, and I think the highest spot on this ridge. The view from up there in the winter in my favorite. You can see Lake Blue Ridge the from up there, and the other side overlooks Rich Mountain, and the further Fort Mountain is in the distance. It’s the prize on this trail in my opinion. You pass huge amazing rocks, old cherokee trails and hug the ridge, allowing you a beautiful view of Fannin and Gilmer Counties.
The trail itself is a moderate trail as there are some inclines going in and out. But as slow as I am on the trail, and winded when I am going uphill, I still love this one. I don’t struggle like I do on some others. I struggle more on the Fall Branch Falls hike! I have to make a couple stops, but the views I get and the goal of the Rocky Mtn. meditation in my future is enough to keep me walking 🙂 It’s a pretty special spot.