Fall 2012

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MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Fall  2012

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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.
vv  Trails maintained by MHH
 
##  Designated Wilderness Area (limit 10 hikers/group in NC, 12 hikers/group in GA)

Oct 2

(C3)

09:00

BMT: Springer Mt. parking lot to Three Forks. 7 mi. moderate hike where the AT and the BMT intersect. See the Benton MacKaye memorial marker, beautiful rock-outcropping overlook. Three Forks is the confluence of Stover, Chester and Long Creeks. Shuttle

Blairsville Park and Ride                                         Steve and Nancy Dennison  706-253-3938

Oct. 2

E3##

9:00

Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain on the AT. This is a strenuous 10.4 mile round trip hike with elevation gain 2,400 feet going and 900 feet returning

Unicoi Gap on Hwy 75 south of Hiawassee                          Darlene Rothenay 706-379-3029

Oct 9

(B2)

09:00

Wayah Gap to Siler Bald on the AT. The trail climbs 1,000 feet in l.9 miles, but the view from top is well worth the effort. A 3.8 mile round trip hike.
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                 Pam Sullivan 706-374-5281

Oct. 9

D3

9:00

Three Forks to Springer Mountain.  Hike on AT from Three Forks to Springer.  Return via the Benton MacKaye Trail.  About 9 miles. This may be your last chance to see HUGE hemlocks still alive. 

Park/Ride in Blairsville.                                                   Jerry Carnes 706 896-4690

Oct 11th

09:00

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

Oct 16

(C3)

09:00

Bartram Trail from Warwoman Dell to Pinnacle Knob and return for a 7.6 mile hike.  The last half mile is very steep, but the view from the top is worth the climb.
Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee       George Radcliffe 706-745-8355

Oct. 16

C3

9:00

Benton MacKaye Trail from Bushy Head Gap west of Blue Ridge, in and out for 7.6 miles.  A moderate hike with 1000’ elevation change.

Meet at Park and Ride in Blairsville                                    Michael O’Brien    706-745-6260 

Oct 18th
09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

Blairsville Park and Ride                                                  Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281     

Oct 23

(C3)
09:00

Wayah Bald (5,342 ft.) to Wayah Gap (4,180 ft.) on the AT.  This is 4.2 miles mostly downhill. Spectacular view from observation tower atop Wayah Bald.   Shuttle required.
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                         Roland and Barbara Hardee  828-389-2359

Oct. 23

D3

9:00

Long Branch to Rock Gap. 2.0 miles up the Long Branch Trail in Standing Indian to Glassmine Gap on the AT.  Turn left at this intersection and hike on the AT 2.6 miles to Rock Gap. Return for a total 9.2 mile hike in-and-out hike.           

Meet at Ingles in Hayesville.                                               Mary Patrick 706-379- 4170

Oct 30

(B2)

09:00

Flat Creek Loop in Fannin County.  This 5.8 mile loop hike begins at Deep Gap on Aska Road and is rated easy moderate. (≈4 hrs) Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                                    Doug Yarns  828-837-7237

Oct. 30

E3

9:00

Big Frog Mt. – Via Big Frog and Wolf Ridge trails Summit up Big Frog tr (2k el gain) then down the southwest side on Wolf Ridge with beautiful views for a 10 mile hike with short shuttle.
Piggly Wiggly 
in Ducktown                                                 Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Nov 6

(B3) ##

09:00

Bear Hair Trail in Vogel State Park Loop hike of about 4 miles with some moderate to steep climbs.  Bring hiking sticks and State Park pass or $5.
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                            Janet Faist 706-781-2634

Nov. 6

E3

9:00

Park Creek Trail.  Start at Back Country parking in Standing Indian; hike Park Creek Trail to Park Gap.  Return on Park Ridge Trail.  About 10 miles. 

Meet at Ingles in Hayesville.                                                     Jerry Carnes 706 896-4690

Nov 8th

09:00

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

Nov 13

(C3)

09:00

Unicoi Turnpike Trail and BMT. Come walk some actual pieces of the famous Cherokee Trail of Tears of 200 years ago, 7 miles total.  4:30 hrs.  The trip includes CCC camp site and side trip to Buck Bald’s vista. Shuttle.
Meet at Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown, TN                                      George Owen 706-374-4716

Nov. 13

E4

9:00

Deep Gap to Fall Branch Falls on the Stanley Gap and Benton MacKaye Trails in Fannin County.  10.4 mile in and out hike, 1,200 foot elevation change in both directions. Paced hike at 2+ mph.

Meet at Blue Ridge Home Depot                           Steve and Nancy Dennison  706-253-3938

Nov 15th

09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

Blairsville Park and Ride                                         Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281     

Nov 20

(B2)

09:00

Duncan Ridge Trail from Mulky Gap east to Buckeye Gap and return. Moderate 5.2 miles

Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                          Greg and Virginia Lane 706-745-8058

Nov. 20

E5
9:00

Chunky Gal Trail from Bob Allison Campground to Tusquitee Bald.  7.5 strenuous miles round trip.  2,200 foot elevation gain.  Scenic area with giant hickories, old growth hemlocks and the Big Buckeye. 5 Creek Crossings
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                 Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Nov 29th

09:00

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

Nov 27

(B2##)

09:00

Raven Cliffs Trail.  A scenic 5 mile round trip hike along a cascading mountain stream to towering cliffs with two waterfalls.  Some difficult footing due to erosion.
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy. 180.               Cathie Stallings 706-835-1639

Nov. 27

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.    

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

Dec 4

(B2)

09:00

Helen to Unicoi State Park Lodge via Frog Pond and Bottom Loop Trails and return.  Easy 5.8 mile (2.5 hrs) round trip.  Lunch at Lodge.  A club favorite, beautiful holiday decorations.
Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee        Pam Sullivan 706-374-5281

Dec. 4

D3

9:00

London Bald Trail (Approx. 8.4 miles total) Spectacular views of Tusquitees, Nantahalas, and Snowbird Mts.   Short Shuttle.

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

Dec 6th

09:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day. 

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                            Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Dec 10th

6:00pm

Covered Dish Supper / Christmas Party / Elections / Business Meeting at Sharp Memorial Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Club will supply a Turkey and Ham….Bring a covered dish for 8. 
For info call : Candy Retter 706-835-1344  or  
candy.retter@gmail.com

Dec 11

(C3)

09:00

Benton MacKaye Trail from Hwy. 60 across Toonowee Mountain to the suspension bridge and return for 7.2 miles round trip.  Elevation change 800 ft. in, 900 ft out.
Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                                   Candy Retter 706-835-1344

Dec. 11

D2

9:00

Benton MacKaye Tr. Hemp Top, Jacks River Tr.s. We will start hiking from Watson Gap; enter the Cohutta Wilderness on the BMT, then use the Hemp Top and Jacks River Tr. To complete a circle and return over a repeat of the BMT to Watson Gap again.  About 8.3 miles

Meet at Home Depot in Blue Ridge.  Earlier meeting place Park and Ride in Blairsville at 8:30

                                                                          Ginny Smith 706-374-1553

Dec 13th

09:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day. 

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                            Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Dec 18

(B2) vv

09:00

The Miller Trek at Brasstown Valley Resort.  This 6.5 mile loop is moderately difficult with an elevation change of 1,400 feet and some rough, rocky footing. Counter-clockwise is easier, more scenic. Optional meal out at Brasstown Valley Resort
Trailhead parking lot on service road at the Resort.           Candy Retter 706-835-1344

Dec. 18

C3

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.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.              Michael O’Brien    706-745-6260

Dec 20th

09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

Blairsville Park and Ride                                      Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281     

Dec 25

(A1) 

2:00 p

Late start

Holiday hike: Chatuge Dam. Need to burn off some calories? Family driving you crazy? Want something to do with your family?  Easy hike across dam and on the new asphalt extension.  Beautiful view.  Round trip distance about 3 miles.
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                             Nancy Shofner  404-881-6346
The Sullivans will be hosting an after- party at their house in Morganton for hikers wanting to continue the festivities.
Please bring a dish to share if participating. That way Pam can hike and not cook all day.
RSVP to Pam Sullivan (pams11@tds.net) is you plan to attend.

Dec. 25

Merry Christmas

Dec 27th

09:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day. 

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                            Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281


In order to accommodate different hiking levels, we might do “timed-in-and-out” hikes.
Revised 9/27/
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