MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR


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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)

      

MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Fall 2017

Oct. 3

9 AM

B3

Gooch Gap north to Justus Creek. Break at Gooch Shelter. 6 miles.
Meeting: Choestoe Church on Hwy 180.                                       Ginny Smith
706-258-8716

Oct. 3

9 AM

C4

Byron Reece Parking Area to Bird Gap.  Start at Byron Reece parking area, hike over Blood Mountain to Bird Gap (possibly to Woods Hole Shelter for lunch).  Return on the Freeman Trail.  Rough, rocky footing expected on Freeman Trail.  7.5 miles

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist church on Hwy 180.                          Steve Dennison 706-299-6825  

Oct. 5

9 AM

B3

Leisure Hike - Springer Mountain Parking Lot to Black Mountain Shelter and Return - This 5.0-mile trek has two moderate climbs on either side of the Springer Mountain of a little under 400 feet stretched each way over a slow grade. Featured are the views each way from the Springer Mountain summit, and two shelters. A little side trip in and out on the BMT features the monument plaque to Benton MacKaye, father of the Appalachian Trail and namesake for the BMT.

Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride at 9 or Springer parking lot at 9:45.     Virginia Lane 706-745-8058

 Oct. 5

9 AM

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                               Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct. 10

9 AM

B3

Cohuttas:  Gahutti Trail loop at Fort Mtn. State Park. Start at park entrance Gahutti to Goldmine Trail to Lake Trail to Rock Trail and back on Gahutti Trail, 5.3 mile.  Variety of terrain, minor stream crossings, great views.
Meeting: Ellijay Food Lion                                        Carolyn & Tom Sewell 706-669-4916

Oct. 10

9 AM

D3

Smith Creek Trail from Unicoi State Park to Ana Ruby Falls and return.  A moderate 9 mile hike with lunch at the falls.

Meeting: Unicoi Gap on Hwy 75 south of Hiawassee.                           Ginny Smith 706-258-8716

Oct. 12

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Benton MacKaye Trail, Ocoee Whitewater - Another easy walk! Start high on the BMT at FS Rd. 221 in TN, and walk downhill 3.4 miles to Tumbling Rock Campground. Then pass TVA powerhouse #3 to continue over a mile on the roaring Ocoee riverside Rhododendron Trail to the picnic area for lunch - be sure to bring your own. Very short shuttle & federal pass required to some vehicles.
Meeting: Ducktown Piggly Wiggly
9:00.                                            Ken Cissna 813-310-6084

Oct. 12

9 AM

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                 Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct. 16

12 Noon

Monday

Covered Dish Picnic / Business Meeting at Tom & Betty Rose Shope Pavilion, Blairsville.
Bring a covered dish for 8. 
For info & Directions call : Candy Retter 706-835-1344  or  cfretter4@gmail.com

Oct.17

9 AM

C3

Fall Branch Falls parking lot on BMT to junction with Stanley Gap trail at Weaver Creek section and return. No shuttle. 6.4 miles.                                                                                 
Meeting: Food Lion in Blue Ridge                                                     
Ken Cissna 813-310-6084

Oct.17

8 AM

D3

Rabun Bald.  Hike on the Bartram Trail from Hale Ridge road to summit of Rabun Bald and return the same way.  Approx. 9 miles.  Moderate hike.  Plan on dinner in Clayton afterwards?
Meeting: Macedonia Baptist Church east of Hiawassee             Jerry Carnes,
rockkicker48@gmail.com

Oct. 19

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Trails of Amicalola Falls State Park - This was a very successful first-time leisure hike several months ago - up now for a repeat. Hike the east and west ridge trails and first 0.9 mi. out and back in of the Hike Inn Trail. Lunch at the park lodge. State park pass required.

Meeting: Food Lion in Blue Ridge at 9:00 or join the Hike Leader at Amicalola Falls SP visitor's center at 9:35.  
                                                             
Laurie Colombo 530-295-7639

Oct. 19

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                       

Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct.24

9 AM

B3

Benton MacKaye Trail, Section 15 near Coker Creek, TN. Moderate 4.2 miles in and out, from Sandy Gap NC to Sixmile Gap, with the optional side trip up Waucheesi Mountain. The side trip will add @ 1.5 miles but includes GREAT 360º views.  The main trail walks the ridge along the TN/NC line, with beautiful views in the winter, and a stone state line marker engraved in the 1821 state line survey.  Total: 5.7 mi.
Meeting: Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown                               Linda & Bob Kaempfer 828-644-5836

Oct.24

9 AM

E4

Unicoi Gap to Tray Mt. on the AT with return on the Rocky Mt. Tr. A 10 mi. strenuous hike. 2400 ft. elevation gain. Great views from Tray Mt. Note: Text or call the hike leader if you plan attend. Carpool at 9:00 or meet the hike leader at the trailhead at 9:20.

Meeting: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee

                         Stephen Gales 864-276-4763 (cell text preferred) or lightfoot2000@hotmail.com

Oct. 26

9 AM

B2

Leisure Hike - NEW! - Fall Color Glory Trip: Ride & Stop-and-Go Short Hikes, Southern Nantahala’s - This special event ride has been a favorite of the leader for 45 years, but is new to our leisure hikes. LIMITED TO 16 PEOPLE TOTAL IN FOUR VEHICLES - MUST PREREGISTER WITH LEADER VIA EMAIL OR HIS HOME PHONE. It features a slow-paced driving trip on the "FALL GLORY ROAD" of Forest Service Road 83 between Wallace Gap and U.S. 441 at Otto. Trip is a slow drive drinking in the (hopefully) peak of fall color with stops to trek to two nearby waterfalls and an in-and-out hike of a bit over two miles (longest hike & high) to two awesome vistas atop Picken's Nose. Autumn color nuts like leader especially solicited! Late lunch afterwards at a neat restaurant.                           
Meet-up arrangements only through contact with leader. George Owen at
gowen2@tds.net (preferably) or by phone at 706-374.4716

Oct. 26

9 AM

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                       Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct. 31

9 AM

B2

Cautiously hike on the dark and gloomy BMT to Long Creek Falls, pondering the countless numbers of ill-fated travelers who have lost their way on this short stretch. After staring spellbound at the falls, examine the haunting markings on boulders, gasp at the unearthly mill ring fire pit on site before creeping upwards on the AT. Our destination is an ancient Appalachian burial site; marvel at the mysterious structures that loom eerily throughout the area. This is where we will eat, drink and be scary. Total miles 4+, more if you lose your way on the frightening Duncan Ridge Trail. All Hallows Eve - where there is no imagination, there is no horror.                                                                           
Meeting:
Blairsville Park/Ride                           Hike leader: the witchy Pam Sullivan
706-374-5281

Oct. 31

9 AM

C3  

Classic Fall Hike:  Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald and return.  Approx. 9 miles. Peak Color. Slower paced.                                                                                                                                    
Meeting: Ingles Parking lot in Hayesville                                
Marjorie Hornsby 828-415-1530

Nov. 2

9 AM

C3

Leisure Hike - NEW: Three Forks East Loop Using AT, BMT - This trip features a lovely waterfall, mountaintop meadow, and a crazy merry-go-round! First it's up the combined AT/BMT for a mile to beautiful Long Creek Falls. Next we travel rather flat along the BMT for over a half-mile beside a tumbling stream, then have the only significant climb of several hundred feet (we take it slow) to the meadow view atop Mt. David Sherman. From the meadow we turn 90 degrees right and follow the faint mowing road out to little-used FS 251, little used, which we walk about two miles to Hickory Flats Cemetery. There a huge (and fast!) crazy merry-go-round awaits the venturous. (If you don't wish to risk your life, don't let the leisure hikes coordinator propel it for you!) Then we pick up the nearby AT and follow it back to the joint trail with BMT and out to Three Forks. (NOTE: At something over 6 miles, this is a bit longer than most leisure hikes - plan not to be out before mid-afternoon.)

Meeting: Blairsville Park & Ride at 9:00 or Three Forks at 9:40.         Mike Pilvinsky 706-273-2086

Nov. 2

9 AM

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Nov.7

9 AM

B2

Flat Creek Loop in Fannin County.  This 5.8 mile loop hike begins at Deep Gap on Aska Road and is rated easy moderate.

Meeting: Park & Ride in Blairsville.                             Candy Retter 706-897-9538

Nov.7

9 AM

D3

Chunky Gal Trail from Perry Gap to Glade Gap.  We will start at Perry Gap and hike south about two hours to the summit of Boteler Peak which has perhaps the best views of any summit in the Nantahala’s.  Then we continue walking south about another two hours to Glade Gap at Highway 64.  Short shuttle.    

Meeting: Ingles in Hayesville                                                       Jerry Carnes   rockkicker48@gmail.com

Nov. 9

9 AM

A1

Leisure Hike - Easiest Hike This Quarter: Three Vogel Trails - This easy walk of just under three miles at Vogel State Park features a) lake loop trail and waterfall, nature trail loop, and counterclockwise up the Bear Hair Trail a bit and back through the Pioneer Camp and general campground to lakeside parking. No shuttle, park pass required.

Meeting: Vogel State Park visitors Center.                               Wes Clonts 706-714-8930

Nov. 9

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                       

Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Nov.14

9 AM

B3

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
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.          Sue & Bob Astley
404-702-0273 or 404-403-8425

Nov.14

9 AM

C3

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. Wilderness area restrictions.

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.               Candy Retter 706-897-9538

Nov. 16

9 AM

A1 or A2

Leisure Hike - NEW - Return to Smithgall Wood for the Outer Two Loops - This is a return to a new favorite hiked last quarter. This time we will have in-park arranged transportation to the mining loop and another one, and perhaps a bit more. Depending on park supervisor decision.

Meeting: Blairsville Park & Ride at 9:00 or Smithgall Wood parking at 9:30.             George Owen 706-374-4716 

Nov. 16

9 AM

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Nov.  21

9 AM

B3

Yonah Mountain near Cleveland, GA.  A 5 mile round trip with 1,700 feet elevation gain, you literally "climb a mountain". This shark-fin shaped mountain has a trail that is a combination of moderate and some steep and rocky sections. Excellent views. Used for military maneuvers: ranger office number to coordinate access is 706-864-3367.

Meeting: Trailhead                                                        Mike Pilvinsky 706-273-2086

Nov.21

9 AM

E4

Standing Indian Area. Rock Gap to Albert Mountain on the AT.  Hike to Albert MT on the

AT and return via Long Branch Trail.  Some of the best views in the area at the fire tower.

Lunch on the summit. 12 miles round trip

Meeting: Ingles in Hayesville                                                                    Don Muhleman 210-316-6614

Nov. 23

No Leisure Hike today. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov. 23

No maintenance today Happy Thanksgiving                                                                                  

Nov. 28

9 AM

B3

Indian Grave Gap to Tray Mountain and back5 mile moderate hike on the AT to Tray Mt., the second highest point in GA.  The trail passes Indian Grave Gap (3113 ft.), a fabulous hillside of galax, the “cheese factory” turnoff, a viewpoint just before Tray Mt. (4430 ft.). 
Meeting: Macedonia Baptist Church Hiawassee
            Sue & Bob Astley 404-702-0273 or 404-403-8425

Nov. 28

9 AM

E4

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.

Meeting: Food Lion in Blue Ridge                                                      Steve Dennison 706-299-6825  

Nov. 30

9 AM

B1

           

Leisure Hike - Downhill Trails of the Ocoee River Tanasi Trail System - We begin on the trailhead atop Forest Leisure Hike - Service 221 in Southeast TN. Our hike includes the 1330 Bypass, part of Chestnut Mtn., and Bear Paw trails to the Ocoee Whitewater Center, and the picnic area just downstream for lunch. The hike concludes with trek on the Rhododendron Trail along the cascading Ocoee River to our vehicles at the Tumbling Rock Campground - over five miles total. Shuttle.

Meeting: Ducktown Piggly Wiggly.                                                             Tim Holby 828-361-4205

Nov. 30

9 AM

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Dec. 5

8:30 AM

B3

Courthouse Gap to Pinnacle Knob down to Warwoman. 5.8 miles moderate hike,

some steep climbs, great views, short shuttle required. Follows the Bartram Trail. Optional eat at

Universal Joint after hike.

Meeting: 8:30 AM Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee then drive to Clayton Ingles to     meet Hike Leader at 9:15.                                                           Ray Lovett   770-519-0210

Dec. 5

9 AM

D3

Hike Inn Trail. 4.9 miles from Amicalola Falls State Park to Len Foote Hike Inn, 4.9 miles return. 9.8 mi total. Several moderate climbs but slower paced hike.
Meeting:  Food Lion in Blue Ridge                                           
Marjorie Hornsby 828-415-1530

Dec. 7

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Main Central Loop and Upper Loop at Jackrabbit Hike/Bike Trails - We again do part of this popular trail system, often with no bikes to meet us on weekdays in fall. Total mileage: just over 5.
Meeting: Hiawassee Jackrabbit Bike/Hike Trails parking lot.               
Wes Clonts 706-714-8930

Dec. 7

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                       

Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Dec 8th

6:00 pm

Covered Dish Supper / Christmas Party / Elections / Business Meeting at Sharp Memorial Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.    
Club will supply a Turkey ….
Bring a covered dish for 8. 
For info call : Candy Retter 706-835-1344  or   cfretter4@gmail.com

Dec. 12

9 AM

C2

Cohuttas: Grassy Mountain Fire tower and Lake Conasauga Loop. 6.2 miles, great view from tower.

Meeting: Ellijay Food Lion                                   Needs Hike Leader   

Dec. 12

9 AM

D2

Eagle Mountain, near Hiawassee: 9 mile loop with some steep climbing.  About 4:30 hrs.  Come climb the mountain that along with Bell Mountain dominates the skyline from Hiawassee and Hayesville. Up close views of Bell Mountain; great views of Lake Chatuge.  The route follows old logging roads and receives no maintenance: wear long pants.
Meeting: Macedonia Church east of Hiawassee         Phyllis & Ken Jones
706-896-5540     

Dec. 14

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Three Short Loop Trails of the Young Harris/Hiawassee Area - Our hiking morning begins with the loop trail around the Young Harris College athletic fields. Then it's a quick drive almost next door to do the bottoms loop trail at Brasstown Valley Resort, trailhead at the back of the lodge parking. A final short vehicular hop to the Forest Service Lake Chatuge Day Area gives us the lakeside mile loop maintained by the Mountain High Hikers. Total hike: about 3.5 miles. Three very short shuttles.

Meeting: Young Harris College public parking, east side of campus between the tennis courts and Blue Ridge Mtn. EMC headquarters.                                                           Laurie Colombo 530-295-7639

Dec. 14

9 AM

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                          Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Dec.  19

9 AM

C2

Little Frog Wilderness Hike on the BMT.  6 miles from the Kimsey Highway down to the Ocoee River at Thunder Rock. Gorgeous fall hike. Shuttle required.

Meeting: Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown.                                    Tim Holby 828-361-4205

Dec. 19

9 AM

C3

Blue Ridge Gap to Bly Gap at the NC border on the AT and return. 8 miles which includes a 2 mile round trip walk on FS 72 to the Blue Ridge Gap trailhead.

800 ft. elevation gain going in

Meeting: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.            Mary Patrick 706-379-4170

Dec. 21

9 AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Anna Ruby Falls, Unicoi Lodge Parking to Helen & Eat - We begin the morning with the paved trail up and back to spectacular Anna Ruby double falls (less than a mile), then complete the a.m. hiking from Unicoi State Park lodge parking on the three-mile trail to Helen, and eat lunch on arrival in Helen. Short shuttle; park pass required.

Meeting: Blairsville P/R 9:00 or Robertstown gas station Hellen at 9:30.         Wes Clonts 706-714-8930

Dec. 21

9 AM

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Dec.  26

9 AM

B3

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. Wilderness area.

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                  Don Muhleman 210-316-6614

Dec.  26

9 AM

C3

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.                                 
Meeting: Blue Ridge Food Lion
                                                  Pam Sullivan 706-374-5281

Dec. 28

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Nottely Lake - First in the morning we will trek the main loop of the new trail system established in 2016 on the northwest corner of the lake. Then we will travel a short distance across Nottely Dam, where just east of the dam we turn north and hike a couple of side trails, the last being along the river. Total about five miles.

Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride at 9:00 or at 9:15 at the southernmost trailhead parking between Loving Road and the dam on the lake's northwest side.                             George Owen 706-374-4716

Dec. 28

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                       

Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

 

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