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  2019

Oct 1

9 AM

B2

Earl's Ford to Dicks Creek on the Bartram Trail. 6 mile in and out relative easy hike to a large sandy area on the Chattooga River near Clayton, GA. Good wading or swimming if the weather permits.

Meet at Macedonia Church east of Hiawassee 

Hike Leaders: Tom and Carolyn Sewell 706-669-6406

Oct 1

9 AM

D3

Hogpen Gap on the Richard Russell Hwy. To Low Gap Shelter and return.  A mod.  8.4 mi. hike on the AT.

Meet:  Choestoe Baptist Church on Hwy 180. 

Leader: Art Rosenberg 352-573-1960

Oct 3

9AM

B2

Lake Chatuge Dam - 4 miles - very easy and senic

Meeting: Ingles in Hayesville 

Leader:   Jo Hubbard 727-743-3372

Oct 3

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct 8

9AM

B3

Indian Grave Gap to Tray Mountain and back.  5 mile moderate hike on the AT to Tray Mt., .  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). 

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church

Leader: Candy Retter  706-897-9538

Oct 8

9AM

D3

Three Forks to Springer.  Walk south for 4.3 miles to the start of the Appalachian Trail and return the same way.  Maybe you will see a "south bound thru-hiker" just finishing his/her hike.

Meet at Park and Ride in Blairsville.

Leader:  Ken Cissna  813-310-6084

Oct 10

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - 5 miles worth of Brush Creek Trail, in and out from the lot on 64. Views of the Ocoee Lake along the way.

Meet: Piggly Wiggly Parking lot in Ducktown, TN

Leader: Tim Holby  828-361-4205

Oct 10

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct 15

9AM

B2-3

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

Meet: Food Lion in Blue Ridge

Leader:  Candy Retter  706-897-9538

Oct 15

9AM

C3vv

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.  6 miles Short shuttle.   

Meeting: Ingles in Hayesville   

Leader: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct 17

9AM

A2

Leisure Hike - Autumn Drive/Hike to Pickens Nose Vistas & Falls with Late Lunch - This is a fall color event the leader initiated last year. We drive slowly up Forest Service Rd. 67 from the Standing Indian Mtn. Backcountry Information Parking to Pickens Nose parking, hopefully drinking in the forest ablaze with some color. Hike in and out on the Pickens Nose Trail (0.7 mi. ea. way) to two fabulous overlooks on rock bluffs. We return on this good gravel road to also take in short walks to two waterfalls, Mooney and Big Laurel. Total trek in entire hikes: 2.6. Eat at Hayesville restaurant on return.

Meet at Ingles, Hayesville or at 9:30 in Standing Indian backcountry parking with prior arrangement with leader

Leader: George Owen

Oct 17

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct 22

9AM

C3

Rabun Bald to Hale Ridge Road on the Bartram Trail - This trek of about 6 miles total begins with a stout climb up Rabun Bald from Beegum gap. Atop that summit we enjoy the observation tower viewing deck for a good 360-degree vista. Then we trek 4.2 miles on the Bartram Trail to Hale Ridge Road to end our jaunt. (Consider possibility of meal together afterwards in Clayton.)  Shuttle.

Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.         

Leader:  Pam & Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Oct 22

9AM

D3

Classic Hike:  Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald and return.  Approx. 9 miles.  Winter views outstanding. Wilderness area: group size rules apply.                                                                                                                                      

Meet: Ingles Parking lot in Hayesville

Leader: Pat Hill  513-405-0211

Oct 24

9AM

B2-3

Leisure Hike - Three Forks to Meadow Vista on BMT - Enjoy both a waterfall and peak-top meadow on this trek. Hike from Three Forks on joint AT/BMT to Long Creek Falls, then onward on the Benton MacKaye Trail to a mountain summit vista of Springer Mountain to the southwest. Return the same way. Modest climb the first mile, then steep climb the last quarter mile of the second mile - take it slow and easy. Mostly downhill in return. Round-trip mileage = 4.2.

Meet at Blairsville Park and Ride or at Three Forks parking at 9:40.

Leader:   Frank & Michelle Maloney 706-745-9211

Oct 24

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct 29

9AM

C3

Cartecay River Trails approx. 6.5 miles. Views of Cartecay River. Easy to moderate hiking. Hike portions of the River Loop, Red & White Trail and Boy Scout Loops

Meet: Ellijay Park & Ride

Leader:  Laurie Columbo 530-295-7639

Oct 29

9AM

C3

Bartram Trail from Warwoman Dell to Pinnacle Knob and return for a 8 mile hike.  The last half mile is steep, but the view from the top is worth the climb.

Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee

Leader:  Pat Hill 513-405-0211

Oct 31

9AM

B3

Two loops of the Jack Rabbit Trails.  We’ll do the Central Loop for 3.1 miles and the Burrell Cove Trail for 1.7 miles for a total of 4.8 easy miles.  Wear your best  Halloween apparel.  Maybe lunch afterward in Hayesville.  
Meet at first Jack Rabbit hike/bike trails parking on left just past Baptist Church off NC 175.
Leader:  Margie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Oct  31

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Nov 5

9AM##

B3

Dally Gap to Spanish Oaks then down to Watson Gap on the Benton MacKaye Trail. Approximately 5 miles with a 4.5 mile shuttle.

Meet at Home Depot in Blue Ridge 

Hike Leaders: Tom and Carolyn Sewell 706-669-6406

Nov 5

9AM##

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. 
Meet at Blairsville Park and Ride 
Leader:  Marjorie Hornsby   828-415-1530

Nov 7

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - NEW: Some High Trails of Black Rock Mtn. State Park - This includes the high and spectacular vistas of the upper Tennessee Rocke Loop Trail and one or two other short jaunts. Fairly short steep climb mid-hike of about quarter mile. Total mileage between 3.5 and 4 mi. Lunch afterwards at a really good restaurant in Dillard

Meet at Lake Chatuge Park and Ride east of downtown Hiawassee, GA.

Leader: George Owen

Nov 7

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Nov 12

9AM

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.

Meet at Food Lion in Blue Ridge

Leader:  Ken Cissna  813-310-6084

Nov 12

9AM

E3

Wayah Bald to Siler Bald to Hwy. 64, NC - 10.5 miles in length (almost all downhill after lunch). beginning atop 5,336-foot Wayah Bald, and lunch atop 5,216-foot Siler Bald with 360-degree views of the heart of the Southern Appalachians. 
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville

Leader:  Leader:Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Nov14

9AM

B3

Leisure Hike - NEW: Albert Mountain Parking Area north to Long Branch Shelter and Return - Starting in the parking lot, we take the 0.2-mi. blue blaze trail to the Appalachian Trail, turning north on this for 2.3 miles to reach the Long Branch AT shelter. Built in 2011, this facility replaced one closer to Albert Mtn. Then we return the same way, with a slowly-taken quarter-mile uphill until it begins to level off the rest of the way. That gives us 5.0 miles. Anyone wishing may also take the steep side trek to Albert's summit view and return.

Meet at Ingles, Hayesville, NC.

Leader:  Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Nov 14

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Nov 19

9AM

B2-3

Cooper Gap to Gooch Gap on AT. Hike north on the AT back to Gooch Gap, stopping at Gooch Gap Shelter for lunch.  5 miles total. Easy hike with mild ups and downs.

We will drive to Gooch Gap then shuttle to Coopers Gap on FS 42 (about 7 miles)

Meet: Hwy 129/180 Blairsville parking lot @ 9:00 or Hwy 180/60 Suches Gas Station @ 9:30

Leader:  Cathie Stallings  (706) 897-6924

Nov 19

9AM

C3

Standing Indian Area - Mooney Gap to Carter Gap Shelter and return.  Approx 8 miles in and out, no shuttle. 

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville

Leader:  Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Nov 21

9AM

B3

Leisure Hike - Watson Gap to Dyer Gap on BMT - We first do the 3+ mi. ea. way shuttle to avoid the long uphill near Watson Gap, and instead start hiking at Watson Gap. Then it's a long downhill to the Jacks River to course along that, consider a 0.2 mi. each way side trip to a waterfall, then return the much shorter uphill to Dyer Gap to complete the hike. Total hike, either 4.5 mi. or 5.0 mi., depending on taking in side visit to waterfall.

Meet at back of Home Depot near Dairy Queen in Blue Ridge.

Leader: Evelin Yarns 828-837-7237

Nov 21

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Nov 26

9AM

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 Park and Ride 

Leader: NEED HIKE LEADER

Nov 26

9AM

D3

Rabun Bald.  Hike on the Bartram Trail from Hale Ridge road to summit of Rabun Bald and return the same way.  Approx. 10 miles.  Moderate hike.  Plan on dinner in Clayton afterwards?

Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church east of Hiawassee

Leader: Marjorie Hornsby   828-415-1530

Nov 28

9AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Chatuge Dam and Clay County Park - If Thanksgiving Day plans haven't taken you away, consider this modest hike barely in NC. Stroll across the top of Lake Chatuge Dam and into Clay County Park. You can then make this hike a couple miles or three to almost five, depending.

Meet at Ingles, Hayesville

Leader:  Laurie Columbo 530-295-7639

Nov 28

No Trail Maintenance Today.                                                                                      

Dec 3

9AM

C3##

Deep Gap south on old  AT. See aircraft crash site and Ravenrock Cliffs. This is a moderate round trip hike of 6.5 miles.

Meet: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.

Leader: Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Dec 3

9AM

C3

BMT from Bushy Head Gap 7.6 miles in and out – fairly steep climb.

Meet Blue Ridge Home Depot.        

Leader:  Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Dec 5

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Hardeman Farm & Helen Trail, Lunch & Smithgall Woods - Start the day at Georgia's new Hardeman Farm State Park with the 10 a.m. guided tour of home and adjacent facilities. Then walk both ways the one-mile-long Hardeman-Farm-to-Helen ADA accessible paved trail along the Chattahoochee River (2 mi. total walk). Briefly journey later noon hour to lunch at Helen's Hofer's German Restaurant. After lunch walk off your lunch on the way home at nearby Smithgall Woods State Park, where we will take the mild 1.6 mi. Laurel Ridge Trail with about 275-ft. gradual climb in the first mile to the summit's newly-reopened grand vista of Yonah Mountain several miles away. Total mileage for day - a little under 4.0 including Hardeman Farm walking.

Meet at U.S. 19 and GA 180 toward Brasstown Bald at 9:00 or Hardeman Farm parking lot at 9:30. NOTE: There is a $5 fee per person for the Hardeman Farm guided tour.

Leader: George Owen

Dec 6th

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 : Tim Holby  828-361-4205

Dec 5

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Dec 10

9AM##

B4

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.

Meet: Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown  

Leader: Anne Anderson 423-284-7032

Dec 10

9AM

D3

Dicks Creek Gap north to Plum Orchard Gap Shelter, in and out on the AT. 9 miles. Moderate with some steep climbs.  Trail passes Dick’s Creek Gap 2675 ft, Cowart Gap 2920 ft, Buzzard Knob 3760 ft, and Plum Orchard Gap 3090 ft.

Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee

Leader:  Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Dec 12

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - PARTLY NEW: Tanasi Trails System Using Quartz Loop, Benton MacKaye, Chestnut Mtn., & Thunder Rock Trails to Ocoee River - Wow! Parts of lotta trails here! After the Quartz Loop Spur (2.2 mi.), which varies little in elevation, the rest of our trekking, about 3 mi., is mostly downhill. Come and get away from all the holiday traffic, noise, and shopping to enjoy the woods on a total hike of about five miles, plus or minus. It's new to us, start high and end low at TVA powerhouse #3 and Thunder Rock Campground parking.

Meet at old Piggly Wiggly parking, Ducktown, TN.

Leader: George Owen

Dec 12

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Dec 17

9AM

C2

Brush Creek Trail near the Ocoee Whitewater Center. 6.5 mile easy to moderate hike from Boyd Gap overlook with good views of the lake.  Short shuttle required.

Meet: Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown

Leader: Evelin Yarns 828-837-7237

Dec 17

9AM##

C3

Lake Winfield Scott-Jarrard Gap- Slaughter Gap loop. This is a pleasant 6 mile hike with moderate ascents and descents.

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180

Leader:  Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Dec 19

9AM

B3

Leisure Hike - Winding Stair Gap on AT South to Old Log Steps & Return - Begin with a 550-ft. climb gradually to 4,400 ft. in first mile, turn around as serious downhill is about to begin at the old log steps at abandoned logging roadbed and return. Total is exactly 5.0 miles round-trip. Two little side trails along ridge top lead to part vistas.

Meet at Ingles, Hayesville.

Leader: Evelin Yarns 828-837-7237

Dec 19

9AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Dec 24

Christmas Eve! No hike today!

Dec 26

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Trails of Lake Nottely - Dec. 26 may be the start of Kwanzaa, but Hanukkah (Dec. 23) and Christmas (Dec. 25) are past, and so is the start of winter and the solstice (Dec. 21), and it's time to start hiking again. This pleasant little jaunt first takes in the 2.5-mi. new Lake Nottely Trail on the lake's northwest side with this loop trail's parking lot just off GA Hwy. 325 near the fire station and Loving Rd. terminus. Then we drive across the dam to take in two short trails there along the Nottely River. All together we can get in about four miles.

Meet at Blairsville Park & Ridge @ 9:00 to share ride.  Hike leader will meet you at trailhead parking closest to Loving Rd. at 9:15.

Leader: Kim Blankenship  770-880-8358

Dec 26

No Trail Maintenance Today.                                                                                      

Dec 31

9AM

B3

Coosa Backcountry Trail from Wolfpen Gap to Barnett Gap. At Calf Stomp Gap we will take FS road 108 down to Barnett Gap.  900 foot elevation climb at start of hike.  5.1 mi .  Short shuttle.


Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.

Leader: Kim Blankenship  770-880-8358

Dec 31

9AM

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.

Meet: Park & Ride in Blairsville or meet hike leader at 9:30 at trailhead. 

Leader: Steve Dennison  706-299-6825

 


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