The first mile is a warm up for what’s to come, as you gradually ascend through the park and into the Chattahoochee National Forest. At mile two, the trail evens out and gradually descends. The trail is surrounded by lush ferns in summer, and you’ll cross over the tricklings of creeks on the trail. Enjoy it, because at mile 3.5, you’ll begin your 3 mile ascent of nearly 2,000 feet. Around mile 8, you’ll come to the intersection of the popular Duncan Ridge Trail. Turn left and follow double blazed green and blue markings as you descend into Wolf Pen Gap. The final elevation haul comes after this, and is steeper than the first ascent. It’s only 1 mile, and then you can enjoy a gradual descent into the valley and back into Vogel State Park.