Fall 2010

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MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Fall 2010

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Hike Ratings:   Distance:     A = up to 3 miles                 Terrain/Footing:  1 = easy

                                          B = 3-6 miles                                                  2 = average

                                          C = 6-8 miles                                                  3 = moderate

                                          D = 8-10 miles                                                4 = strenuous

                                          E = over 10 miles                                           5 = very strenuous

Please contact the Hike Leader for schedule changes, and please review the "Hiking Guidelines" page before the hike.
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  Trails maintained by MHH
 
  Designated Wilderness Area (limit 10 hikers/group in NC, 12 hikers/group in GA)

Oct 5

(C1)

09:00

Jack Rabbit hike/bike trail 7.6 miles.  Hike four loops of the Jack Rabbit Hike/ bike trail--3.1 miles on the white blazed loop, 2 miles on the blue blazed loop, 1 mile on the orange blazed trail, 1.5 miles on yellow blazed loop.  Great views of Lake Chatuge and variety of hard woods.

Jack Rabbit hike/bike trailhead                                                       Bob & Linda Kaempfer  1-828-644-5836                          

Oct 5th

(D3)

9:00

NOTE TIME CHANGE

Park Creek Tr. and Park Ridge Tr Loop in Standing Indian area.  A 9 mile  hike with several stream crossings and lots of ups and downs.  Approx. 25 mi. to trailhead.

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                                            Jerry Carnes 706-896-4690

Oct 7th

08:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                    Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Oct 12

(B2 ) #

09:00

Arkaquah Trail from Brasstown Bald parking lot.  An easy in and out hike of about 3 miles (2 hrs).

Spectacular views.  Some rough  footing.   Dist to trailhead 1 mile one way

Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy. 180.                                             Jack Butler 706-745-8656

Oct 12th

(C3) #

9:00

Byron H Reece area to Flatrock Gap on the AT and north bound to Swaim Gap and return.  Scenic rock formations north of Flatrock. 7.6 miles R/T

Byron Reece parking lot on Hwy 129, close to Neels Gap                                  Irene Reiner 706-896-1620

Oct 19

(B2)

09:00

Dicks Creek Gap north to Cowart Gap on the AT. This is a 3.6 mile round trip hike with some moderate ascending and descending in both directions. 7.5 mi. to trailhead.

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                               Bob Dalsemer 828-389-0218                     

Oct 19th

(E3) #

9:00

Big Frog Tr. Near Ocoee Gorge, Tn. 11 mile R/T,2,00 ft. Elev. Gain. An easy to moderate grade up beautiful PeavineRidge to Big Frog Mt. Paced hike 2+ mph.

Meet behind Hardees at US 64/TN 68 intersection near Ducktown .               Frank Ensenat 828-644-0493                                           

Oct 21st

08:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

Bread of Life Restaurant in Young Harris.                                   Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281     

Oct 26

(C2)

09:00

Benton MacKaye Tr. From Hwy 60  across Toonowee Mt. to the suspension bridge and return for 7.2 miles roundtrip Elevation change 800ft. in, 900 ft. out

Park and Ride Blairsville                                                                                     Harold Dyer  706-745-2224                       

Oct 26th

(C4)

9:00

London Bald Trail  #19C. (Approx. 8.4 miles total)  Start from Appletree Camp and  go up 19B 2.5 miles to London Bald Trail (#19C).  Go left 5.9 miles to Junaluska Gap.  Spectacular views of Tusquitees, Nantahalas, and Snowbird Mts.  Enjoy the Tuni Gap Road ride from Hayesville to Andrews!    Short Shuttle.

 Andrews rest area on Hwy 74/19/129                                                                  Jim Morgan 828-835-9063

Nov 02

(A1)

09:00

Chatuge Dam.  Easy hike across dam and on the new asphalt extension.  Beautiful view. Round trip distance about 3 miles.

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                                     Ben Kennedy 706-896-2669     

Nov 2nd

(D2)

9:00

Bartram Trail from Russell  Bridge to Licklog Falls. 8 mile in and out hike, easy elevation gain. Hike from Russell bridge on Hwy 28 east of Clayton along SC side of the Chattooga River to Licklog Falls and return. Approx. 30 mi. to trailhead.

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee                           Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Nov 4th

09:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                    Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Nov 09

(C3 )

09:00

Fires Creek Rim Trail - FSR 6176 Loop. From Leatherwood Falls, follow Rim Trail. for 2.2 miles. Turn right and follow FSR 6176 for 4.4 miles. Turn left after crossing Leatherwood Creek onto unmarked Trail. 7 mile loop. 

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                                        Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

Nov 9th

(C3)

9:00

Unicoi Turnpike Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail.  Come walk some actual pieces of the famous Cherokee Trail of Tears of 200 years ago, then the other half is the Benton MacKaye Trail in SE Tenn.  7 miles total.  4:30 hrs.  The trip includes CCC camp site and side trip to Buck Balds vista.  16 mile r/t shuttle. 18 miles to trailhead.

Meet behind Hardees at US 64/TN 68 intersection near Ducktown              George Owen 706-374-4716

Nov 16

(B3 )

09:00

Unicoi State Park to Helen.  A moderate to easy 5.6 mi. hike from the Lodge to Helen and back, with option to walk around the lake at Unicoi for another 1+ mi. Lunch at lodge.

Meet in upper parking lot of Unicoi Park Lodge.                                               Sue Sorice 706-745-1225

Nov 16th

(D2) #

9:00

Deep Gap to Sassafras Gap on the AT.  9+ miles. Just about our last chance to visit the Deep Gap area until March as the FS usually closes this road from Jan. through March.  We start on the AT and head South to Muskrat Shelter area, then on for a visit to Ravenrock Cliff, stop and explore an aircraft crash site, then back on the AT for scenic views of Lake Chatuge and on to Sassafras Gap.  Return to our cars the same way except near the end we take the old AT.    Approx. 20 mi. to trailhead.

Ingles Parking Lot in Hayesville.                                                                    Phyllis Loman 706-896-5540

Nov 18th

09:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville     LOCATION CHANGE                      Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Nov 23

(B2 )

09:00

Benton Mackaye Trail from Hwy. 60 at Wilscot Gap to Skeenah Gap. This 5.3 mile section is constantly going up and down. Many of these short grades are steep.  Shuttle required. (4 hrs).  Approx. 25 mi. to trailhead.

Park and Ride in Blairsville                                                                             George Owen 706-374-4716

Nov 23rd

(C4)**

900

Fires Creek Rim.  7.4 miles Total, Up Sassafras Ridge Trail to Rim (easiest way up to rim), 2 miles on the Rim passing Signal Bald, a short side trip on the Chunky Gal Trail thrown in for the vista at Tusquitee Bald and then back to the Rim Trail and down Far Bald Spring Trail #389 1.7 miles.  Long gravel FS road up to trailhead
Meet at Ingles parking lot in Hayesville
                                                    Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Nov 30

(C2 ) #

09:00

Woody Gap to Old Gooch Gap Shelter on the AT.  7.8 miles round trip.  A  moderate hike with two nice viewpoints.   15 mi. to trailhead.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180                              Jan and Glen Boland 706-745-2798

Nov 30th

(E4) #

9:00

Hogpen Gap to Chattahoochee Gap on the AT. Then down to Jacks Gap on the Jacks Knob Trail. 11.6 miles shuttle hike with a number of ups and downs. Paced hike at 2+ mph.

Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy 180                                   Frances Maney 706-896-9016                  

Dec 2nd

09:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                    Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Dec 07

(B2 )            

09:00

Cooper Creek Scenic Area Sampler:  Begin at the Cooper Creek Parking Area and hike the 1.7 mile Eye on Wildlife trail back to Parking Lot. From there we will continue hiking over to the Yellow Mountain Trail to Shope Gap Trail and back to Parking Lot for another 3.2 mile hike. If we have time, we'll go over to Sea Creek Falls. This is a very scenic area around Coopers Creek and features easy to moderate hiking.
Meet at the Blairsville Park and Ride
                                                            Pam Sullivan 706-374-5281

Dec 7th

(C2)

9:00

Tesnatee Gap to Levelland Mountain on the AT and return.  This 7.6 mile hike has spectacular views

from Cowrock, Wolf Laurel Top and Levelland Mountains. Approx. 6 mi. to trailhead.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                                            Sue Sorice 706-745-1225

Dec 7th
6:00 PM

Covered Dish Supper / Christmas Party / Elections / Business Meeting at Sharp Memorial Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Bring a covered dish for 8.                       For info call: Pam Sullivan 706-374-5281  or pams11@tds.net

Dec 14

(C3 ) #

09:00

Hogpen Gap to Wolf Laurel Top , back to Tesnatee Gap.

With a side trip to a beautiful overlook toward Whitley Gap Shelter

( 6.6 miles, ≈ 3:30 hrs).  Approx. 6 mi. to trailhead.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy. 180                            Greg and Virginia Lane 706-745-8058

Dec 14th

(D2)

9:00

Three Forks to Hightower Gap on the AT and return.  Lunch at Hawk Mountain shelter.  An 8 mile 4 hour hike with 800 ft. elevation change.    25 mi. to trailhead.

Park and Ride in Blairsville                                                                         George Radcliffe 706-745-8355

Dec 16th

09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

Bread of Life Restaurant in Young Harris.                                   Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281     

Dec 21

(B3) #

09:00

Blood Mountain via the Byron Herbert Reece Trail and AT.

A 5 mile round trip hike (≈ 3:30 hrs) with 1,400 ft. of elevation change. Splendid views from the top.
Byron Herbert Reese parking area                                                                       Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

Dec 21st

(C2)

9:00

 Osage Mountain Overlook on Hwy. 106 in NC over Scaly Mountain to Jones Gap on the Bartram Trail.

7.2 miles with steep ascents and descents. Shuttle required. Spectacular view.  Too strenuous for short hikers. Approx. 30+ mi. to trailhead.

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                                Ginny Smith 706-374-1553

Dec 28

(C2) #

09:00

Woody Gap over Big Cedar Mt. to Miller Gap on the AT, then down Dockery Lake Trail for a total of 6.4 miles.  Shuttle required. 

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180 OR Woody Gap.    

                                                                                                                                Nancy Shofner 404-881-6346                  

Dec 28th

(D4) #

9:00

Nantahala River to Wesser Bald Loop. 9.3 mile shuttle hike. Hike up the easier old AT route to Wesser Bald Shelter with  optional .8 mile side trip to the Wesser Fire Tower with great views, and return via current AT (2900 ft. elevation descent).  Short seven minute shuttle.
Meeting Spot:  Andrews rest area on Hwy 74/19/129                                      Jim Morgan 828-835-9063 
   
        In order to accommodate different hiking levels, we might do timed-in-and-out hikes.
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