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About Mountain High Hikers

Mission:  The mission of the Mountain High Hikers is to promote and facilitate hiking activities in the Southern Appalachian area and encourage involvement in the maintenance of trails and conservation of forest environments.

Origination:  Mountain High Hikers originated from a course entitled “Hiking in the Blue Ridge” at the Institute for Continuing Learning, at Young Harris College in the winter of 1993. 28 folks attended the course, and that small group expanded throughout the years to over 185 members. Most members live in Towns, Union, and Fannin counties in Georgia, and Clay and Cherokee counties in North Carolina. Most are full time residents, but some only come up for a few weeks a year.

Hiking:   Mountain High Hikers sponsors several hikes every week to accommodate a variance in hiking skills. Prospective members and guests are invited to hike with us. Guidelines allow for 3 guest hikes before joining. Prospective members should attend a short hike first to determine which hiking level will work best. For further information, please review the Hiking Guidelines and Hike Calendar on this website.

Maintenance: Club members are very active in trail maintenance. Each month work trips are scheduled in both NC and GA. The club has been instrumental in the reopening of Chunky Gal Trail, open and blazing a new trail to Boteler Peak, and is working presently to get the entire Fires Creek trail system reopened. The club also maintains all of the trails leading to Brasstown Bald, Helton Creek Falls, High Shoals Falls, Cooper’s Creek Trails, and the Miller Trek at Brasstown Resort.

Special Events:  The club has quarterly combined business meetings and potluck dinners. Specialty events are also periodically planned. We are one of the largest hiking clubs attending Wilderness Wildlife Week in the Great Smoky Mountains each January, usually with over 40 members in attendance. The club has also organized hiking trips to Virginia, Mt. Mitchell, Yosemite, and the Swiss Alps.

In Summary:   Come play, hike, and trail maintain with us!

Hike Safely
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:

1. With knowledge and gear. Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather, and your equipment before you start.

2. To leave your plans. Tell someone the trails you are hiking, the gear you are taking, when you will return, and your emergency plans.

3. To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.

4. To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.

5. For emergencies, even if you are headed out for just an hour. An injury, severe weather, or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.

6. To share the hiker code with others.

Hike Safely: It’s Your Responsibility.
The Hiker Responsibility Code was developed and is endorsed by the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish and Game.


2013 Board (Officers & Committee Chairs)
President Michael O'Brien
Vice President Tom Shope
Secretary  BJ Foster
Treasurer Doug Yarns
Hike Planner Dave Werkheiser
Social  Candy Retter
Membership Frank Maloney
Publicity Pam Sullivan
Webmaster Richard Sullivan
Trail Maintenance Richard Sullivan
Conservation Judie Kean
Past Pres. Greg Lane


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50th   Anniversary  of  the  Wilderness  Act

Two events are being sponsored by Mountain High Hikers in connection with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964.

 October 4, 2014  -  Public invitation wilderness hike on Raven Cliffs Trail in Raven Cliff Wilderness in Georgia.  This will be a scenic 5 miles round trip hike along a cascading mountain stream to cliffs with two waterfalls.  There will be some difficult footing due to erosion.  Duration of hike will be 4-5 hours, limited to 10 hikers.  If fully subscribed, an additional hike will be scheduled the same day or a week later.  For reservations and information and directions to meeting location, contact Tom Shope (706-745-4072)

October 18, 2014  -  Wilderness stewardship project – public invited.  This activity will be trail maintenance work on the Jacks Knob Trail in the Brasstown Wilderness in Georgia.  Work will involve trail cleaning and clearing with sling blades and lopping tools, water bar restoration to improve trail drainage (digging in the dirt) and removal of downed trees from trail.  For reservations and information and directions to meeting location, contact Tom Shope (706-745-4072).


Wilderness Wildlife Week
1/24/2015 - 1/31/2015

It’s never too early to make plans for Wilderness Wildlife Week at Pigeon Forge 1/24-31 2015.


Candy has gotten the same deal as last year at Willow Brook Lodge for $49 a night. Ask for the MHH discount when you call for reservations: Donna 800-765-1380

For more info call : Candy Retter 706-835-1344  or   candy.retter@gmail.com

SEFTC  Conference
Sept 18-21

The SEFTC (Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition) comes to Blairsville on September 18-21. To register and get more information on this fun event full of hikes, conferences and dining, click here:http://southeastfoottrails.org/ 




Charlotte Bremseth from Naples, FL

Camille Nicolini from Dade City, FL

Peter Stocker from Hayesville, NC

Deena Handy from Young Harris, GA

Noel Turner from Hiawassee, GA

Barbara Clayton from Turtletown, TN

Ron and Susan Wingate from Murphy, NC

Rosie Martinez from Blairsville, GA

Jane and Anthony Giddens from Eastman, GA.



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