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I started off at Vogel State Park and headed into the backcountry towards Blood Mountain shelter. This was to be an in and out hike totaling 8.6 miles. I did a series of trail changes going from Bear Hair to Coosa, to Duncan Ridge/Blood Mountain Trail to Slaughter Trail to finally the A.T. Overall that was a 2,200 foot elevation gain. The books say experienced hikers and it was not kidding. Basically straight up!