Spring 2011

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MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Spring 2011

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DRIVER WHEN CARPOOLING

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)

Apr 05

(C1)

09:00

Brush Creek Trail near the Ocoee Whitewater Center.  6.5 mile easy to moderate from Boyd Gap overlook with good views of the lake.  Short (1.2 mile) shuttle required.

Meet at Piggly Wiggly grocery in Ducktown, TN.                                        Linda & Bob Kaempfer 828-644-5836

Apr 05

(C4)

08:00

 

Fires Creek to the Rim via Sassafras Ridge Tr. ( easiest way up to the Rim ), 2 miles to the Rim passing Signal Bald,and a short side trip on Chunky Gal Tr. thrown in for the vista on Tusquitee Bald and then back to the Rim Tr. and down Far Bald Spring Tr. #389. A 0.6 mile walk  on gravel FS road up to Trailhead.  7.4 miles total.

Meet at  Ingles  in Hayesville                                                                                       Irene Reiner 706-896-1620

Apr 7th

08:00

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

Apr 12      

(B4) #

09:00

Jacks Gap to Chattahoochee Gap on the Jacks Knob Trail.  This 4.6 mile round trip hike

has several moderate to strenuous grades both directions.

Meet at  Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy 180.                                 Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

Apr 12      

(D3)

08:00

 

Dicks Creek Gap to Plum Orchard Gap Shelter . In and out on the AT for a 9 mile hike  Moderate with some steep climbs. Trail passes Dicks Cr. Gap at 2675 ft., Cowart Gap at 2920ft., Buzzard Knob at 3760ft. and Plum Orchard Gap at 3090ft.

Meet at Macedonia Bap. Church parking lot east of Hiawassee                     Frances Maney 706-896-9016

Apr 14th

08:00

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

Apr  18 (Monday)

9:00am

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Walk  In search of wild flowers and some exercise.  Late lunch or early
 dinner out after.
For more information, see the activities page or contact Candy at 706-835-1344 or candy.retter@gmail.com
Meet at Andrews Rest Area on Hwy 19/129

Apr 19      

(B2)

09:00

Park Creek Trail with crossover to Park Ridge Trail in Standing Indian area.  5 miles with some stream crossings  ( ≈ 3:30 hrs ).  A favorite spring hike because of beautiful wildflower display.
Meet at Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                                       Pam Sullivan  706-374-5281

Apr 19      

(C3)

08:00

Byron Herbert Reece Tr. To Flat Rock Gap on the AT, around Freeman Tr. to AT at Bird Gap, up over Blood Mt. and back to BHR parking lot for a 6.7 mile hike

Meet at Byron H.Reece Parking Lot. On HWY 129 close to  Neels Gap               Mary Patrick 706-379-4170

Apr 21st

08:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

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

Apr 26      

(C4)

09:00

Dicks Creek Gap south on the AT to Deep Gap Shelter and return for 7.6 miles. ( ≈ 3:30 hrs )

Elevation gain 1,200 feet. Nice scenic viewpoint. 7.5 miles to trailhead 

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                                    Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

Apr 26      

(D3)

08:00

Bartram Tr. From Jones Gap to Buckeye Cr.( Franklin) Great views from Jones Knob and Whiterock Mt. 8.3 miles with a shuttle.

Meet at Ingles Parking Lot in Hayesville.                                                   Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Apr 28th

08:00

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

May 03

(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.
Meet at Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy. 180.                                 Janet Faist 706-781-2634  

May 03

(D3)

08:00

Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald on the AT.   9.4 miles RT

Meet at Ingles Parking Lot in Hayesville.                                                              George Radcliffe 706-745-8355

May 5th

08:00

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

May 10

(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. 4 hrs.  Trail noted for wild azaleas and Carolina silver bells.    6 mile r/t shuttle. 

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180                                            Pam Sullivan  706-374-5281 

May 10

(C2)

08:00

Bear Paw and Chestnut Mt. Loop trails opposite the White Water Center in Ocoee Gorge Tn. An Average 7.7 mile hike

Meet at Piggly Wiggly grocery in Ducktown, TN.                           Bob and Linda Kaempfer 828-644-5836

May 17

(A1)  

09:00

Dukes Creek Falls on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway.  Hike 2.2 miles round trip

to the 250 ft. cascading falls.  Elevation change is 360 feet.

Meet at Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                            Bob Dalsemer 828-389-0218

May 17

(D4)

08:00

 

AT from Neels Gap to the summit of Cow Rock Mt. and return.  No shuttle.  This would be a 9.4 mile hike.  Anyone not wanting to do the entire hike could turn around at any point and wait on the group at the Neels Gap Store. (Mountain Crossing)
Meet at Byron Herbert Reece Parking Lot                                          Mary Patrick 706-379-4170

May 24

(C2)

09:00

Benton MacKaye Trail from Hwy. 60 across Toonowee Mountain to the suspension bridge and return for 7.2 miles ( ≈3:40 hrs) round trip.  Elevation gain 800 ft. in, 900 ft out. 

Meet at Park and Ride in Blairsville.                                                                      Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

May 24

(D3)

08:00

Kimsey Creek Tr. to Deep Gap then on the AT to Standing Indian summit. Return on Lower Ridge Tr. for 10 miles.

Meet at Ingles Parking Lot in Hayesville                                                           Jerry Carnes  706-896-4690

May 26th

08:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.  SPECIAL LADIES WORK DAY

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

May 31

(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). 

Meet at Park and Ride in Blairsville                                                                    Harold Dyer 706-745-2224

May 31

(D4)

08:00

Big Frog Mt.--  Wolf Ridge  Tr. to Big Frog Summit then down the north face of Big Creek Tr. ( rock pile) then go all the way back on  Big Creek Tr. for 9.9 mile hike with a 2 mile shuttle ( 2500 gain )

Meet at Home Depot  in Blue Ridge                                                                 George Owen 706-374-4716

June 2nd

08:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.  SPECIAL TRAILS DAY PROJECT AT SOSEBEE COVE!!!

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

June 07

(C2) #

09:00

Woody Gap to Gooch Gap on the AT.  7.2 miles round trip.  A moderate hike with two nice viewpoints. 

Meet at Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180  or Woody Gap     Nancy Shofner 404-881-6346

June 07

(C3)

08:00

Duncan Ridge Tr. from Mulky Gap to Fish Gap for 6 miles RT. This section has some mod. To strenuous ascents and descents 

Meet  at Park and Ride in Blairsville                                                Candy and Frank Retter 706-835-1344

June 9th

08:00

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

June 13th

9:00am

Club Picnic and Business Meeting at Unicoi State Park Pavillion.
Bring a covered dish for 8.                                             
For info call:  Candy Retter 706-835-1344  or candy.retter@gmail.com

June 14

(B3)

09:00

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 miles .  Short shuttle.
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                                                Doug Haas 770-410-1738

June 14

(E3)

08:00

Tellico Gap to Wesser Tower to NOC at Wesser - 8 miles with shuttle. We'll still meet at Andrews Rest Area on Hwy. 19/129 at 8:00 a.m., but the hike will be four miles shorter and closer to most of us. After leaving vehicles at Wesser, we'll drive to Tellico Gap for the only climb of a few hundred feet over l.4 miles. Atop the peak tower we will enjoy a morning vista of 360 degrees, including the southern portion of the Smokies, then we drop down, down, down over 2,900 feet to Nantahala Outdoor Center at Wesser in shade as the heat builds. In case of rain, a nearby easy in-and-out hike is planned. (Some may consider eating at Chestnuts Restaurant in Andrews)

Meet at Andrews Rest Area on Hwy 19/129span style="mso-spacerun: yes">                                                     George Owen 706-374-4716

June 21

(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 to moderate. (≈4 hrs)

Meet at Park and Ride in Blairsville.                                                      Joyce and Gene Hall 706-379-9881

June 21

(C4)

08:00

London Bald Tr.#19C Approx 8.4 miles total. Start from  Appletree  Camp and go up 19b 2.5 miles London Bald Tr ( #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

Meet at Andrews Rest Area on Hwy 19/129                                                        Jim Morgan 828-835-9063

June 23rd

08:00

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

June 28

(B2)

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 2+ mi.

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

June 28

(D3)

08:00

Coopers Gap to Woody Gap on the AT

8.4 miles with a lot of ups and downs- several are steep.  Shuttle required

Meet at Choestoe Bap. Church on Hwy 180                                                       Irene Reiner 706-896-1620

June 30th

08:00

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.
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