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

Spring 2017

Apr. 4

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

Apr. 4

D4

Eagle Mountain, near Hiawassee: 9 mile loop with some steep climbing. 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, so hopefully the weeds will have been killed by winter freeze.
Meeting: 
Macedonia Church east of Hiawassee                                                   Jerry Carnes, rockkicker48@gmail.com

Apr. 6

9 AM

B1

 Leisure Hike - Some Special Trails of the Blue Ridge Area - New for Leisure Hikes - First we start with a fairly new trail that loops through a Blue Ridge city park. Then we drive a short distance to the Lake Blue Ridge Recreation area on the west side of the Lake (NOT Morganton Point) where we hike two trails totaling 2.1 mi. and learn about some special recreational projects under study for this area. Then we drive again southward a bit on Weaver Creek Rd. to hike a mile each way (rather flat) on a little-used part of the Benton MacKaye Trail. Total mileage: just under 5 miles.

Meeting: Food Lion, Blue Ridge.                                                                                           George Owen, 706-374-4716 

Apr. 6

9 AM

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

Apr. 11

9 AM

B2

Green Mountain Loop Trail in Fannin County, Aska area.  A moderate hike of about 5 miles

with good views of Lake Blue Ridge
Meeting: Food Lion in Blue Ridge                                                                                                 Ken Cissna 813-310-6084 

Apr. 11

9 AM

E3

Cohutta Wilderness – Wolf Ridge and Hemp Top Trails to Big Frog Mountain.  A 12.8 mile hike up to and along the Tennessee Valley Divide.  Return by the same route.                                                         
Meeting:
Piggly Wiggly on Hwy 64 Ducktown, TN   Hike Leader??

Apr. 13

9 AM

B2

 

Leisure Hike - Appalachian Trail Between Hogpen and Tesnatee Gaps with Side Hike to Whitley Gap Shelter - This is a great hike for several high bluff views over only 3.3 miles with a couple ups and downs of a few hundred feet each - the last 0.9 is downhill to Tesnatee Gap. Short shuttle.

Meeting:  Choestoe Baptist Church south of Blairsville.     Hike Leader??

Apr. 13

9 AM

 

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                              

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

Apr.18

9 AM

B3

Five-Mile Round-Trip on AT South of Winding Stair Gap - Yes, no shuttle, and we have a

gradual ascent over a 550-foot elevation gain in the first mile to 4,400 feet with views as we

hike along the ridge. We drop just slightly to a trail "platform" created by a roadbed with wooden steps, turn around, and hike back out the same way.
Meeting: Hayesville Ingles                                                                                                       
Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Apr.18

9 AM

C5

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 and the  "Big" Buckeye tree. 5 wet stream crossings in the first 1.5 miles, so bring poles
Meeting: Ingles in Hayesville.                                                                                                  Richard Sullivan
706-374-5281

Apr. 20

9AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Jackrabbit Biking/Hiking Trails - Trails included this time are: 1) central loop, 2) Burrell Cove, and Saba Beach - all for a little over 5.5 mi. total on very easy grades - rather flat much of the way.

Meeting: Jackrabbit Biking/Hiking Trails trailhead parking.                                                        Lauri Colombo 530-295-7639

Apr. 20

9 AM

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

Apr.25

9 AM

C2

Grassy Mountain Fire tower and Lake Conasauga Loop.  In the Cohutta's, 6.2 miles,

great view from tower
Meeting: Home Depot in Blue Ridge                                                                                               Ken Cissna 813-310-6084

Apr.25

9 AM

C5

Arkaquah Trail from Trackrock Gap to Brasstown Bald parking lot, then down to Jacks Gap for a total of 7.8 strenuous miles. Trail ascends 2,100 ft. & descends 1,400 ft. Spectacular views.
Meeting: Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy. 180:                                                     Don Weaver 404-277-3847

Apr. 27

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Easy Parts of Three Big Frog Area Trails - New for Leisure Hikes - The few hundred feet of change in this 4.6-mile jaunt are gradual and pleasant, no steep climbs mixed with downhill. Be prepared for a possible wet foot or two at a modest creek crossing mid-hike (extra socks in pack suggested). Short shuttle on FS 221 in TN of about four minutes involved: The three trails used a short distance each are: Big Frog, Rough Creek, and Benton MacKaye. Part of this hike is in the Big Frog Wilderness.

Meeting: Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown   Hike Leader??

Apr. 27

9 AM

Chattanooga Bike Ride – 2 (or 3) options.  A shorter 12 miler on new path (off the old path) ,or the usual 17-ish ride into Chattanooga for lunch. OR the short and long route together. We’ll all start from same parking area (the dam).

Meeting: at Ducktown Piggly Wiggly.                                                           Questions call Ginny Smith 706-258-8716

Apr. 27

9 AM

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

May 2

9 AM

C3

Trails of Tallulah Gorge State Park – This includes a visit to the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretative Center displays and the excellent 20-minute movie on the gorge. Then we will hike the North Rim Trail with its views of several waterfalls; go down Hurricane Falls staircase to the swinging bridge (about 200 steps each way), hike the High Bluff Loop, and maybe trek a portion of the Stoneplace Trail. Moderate hike with no long climbs (except the steps) – distance is 6- 8 miles depending on how much the group decides to do.  
Meeting: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                  Laurie Colombo 530-295-7639

May 2

8 AM

D4

Fires Creek Rim Trail.  Hike up Phillips Ridge Trail to the Rim Trail, then right to Rockhouse Creek Trail  and follow it down to our cars.  Views from the Rim trail in early spring are fantastic.  Approx. 10 miles. Loop hike : no shuttle.
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                                              Irene Reiner   706-970-9822

May 4

9 AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Benton MacKaye Trail across the Sisson Property - A tumbling cascade, the only BMT shelter in Georgia, two little lakes, a chapel, are all part of this leisurely trek of the BMT through the Sisson development between Forest Service sections of the trail. About three short but steep uphills are involved - take them slow...and cover all from U.S. 76 west to Boardtown Road - distance ca. 4 miles. Shuttle with parking either side of Hwy. 515/76 and on Boardtown Rd.

Meeting: Food Line, Blue Ridge.                                                                                             Darcy Douglas 404-431-3614

May 4

8 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                              

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

May 9

9 AM

B2

Park Creek Trail with crossover to Park Ridge Trail in Standing Indian area.  5 miles with

some stream crossings .   A favorite spring hike because of beautiful wildflower  display.
Meeting: Ingles in Hayesville.                                                                                                         
Ginny Smith 706-258-8716

May 9

8 AM

C4

Andrews Cove to Tray Mountain.  9 mile in and out hike, 2,500 ft. elevation gain.  Hike the Andrews Cove trail to Indian Grave Gap  and then the AT to Tray Mtn.  Return the same way. 
Meeting: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee                                              
Irene Reiner   706-970-9822

May 11

9 AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Woody Gap to Gooch Gap - This hike has been shortened by a relocation a couple years ago - no longer 3.8 mi. but still a bit over 3.0 with two climbs, short but steady, to great overlooks on rock bluffs southward. Shuttle involved.

Meeting: U.S. 19/GA 180 toward Brasstown parking.                                                                      Jan Stansell 706-747-5892

May 11

8 AM

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

May 16

9 AM

B3

Hanging Dog Recreation Area.  Various trails of about 5.7 miles. Nice views Lake Hiawassee.

Moderate hike.
Meeting: Appalachian Outfitters in Murphy                                                                Evelin & Doug Yarns    828-837-7237

May 16

9 AM

C4

Dicks Creek Gap to Kelly Knob.  Start at Dicks Creek Gap and hike south over Powell Mountain, McClure Gap, Deep Gap and climb the north side of Kelly Knob.  Recently cleared view from Kelly Summit. Return the same way.  9 miles total.                                                                                                                   
Meeting:
Macedonia Baptist Church east of Hiawassee                                             Jerry Carnes
rockkicker48@gmail.com

May 18

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Murphy Greenway - New for Leisure Hikes - We begin beside the Hiwassee River at the old train depot, trek to where the Valley River joins the Hiwassee, then on to Konehete park, trail's end, and return. Leader and others can decide whether to make the three-mile trek each way or shorten it a bit. This is a partly new, recently completed urban trail mostly in woods beside two rivers.

Meeting: old L&N depot on Hiwassee St. in Murphy (directions online: "Murphy River Walk & Canoe Trail").                                               Sue & Bob Astley 404-702-0273 or 404-403-8425

May 18

8 AM

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

May 23

9 AM

C3

The Miller Trek (Trail #46) at Brasstown Valley Resort.  6.5 mile loop is moderately difficult with an elevation change of 1,400 feet and some rough, rocky footing. Pace will be slow so we can look for wildflowers.
Meeting: Young Harris Trailhead parking lot at the resort                                            Carolyn & Tom Sewell 706-669-4916

May 23

9 AM

C4

Byron H. Reece Parking area to Woods Hole Shelter on the AT. Return on the Freeman

Trail. (7.5 miles) 1,400 ft. climb. Rough, rocky footing in designated wilderness area.                                      
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180                                                                    
Candy Retter 706-897-9538

May 25

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Unicoi State Park Lodge to Helen for Lunch & Return - This hike is something of a reverse of the way we usually do this - start at Helen, eat at the state park lodge, and return. Instead, this time we will hike from the back of the state park lodge parking, arrive in Helen later morning, maybe even spend a little time visiting downtown Helen, then eat lunch in the delightful German bakery/restaurant next to the city park. The return to the state park after lunch will give us just under six miles of pleasant, easy travel. . State park pass or buy day pass for each car left at Unicoi State Park.   
Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church Blairsville                                
                               Ginny Smith 706-258-8716 C

May 25

8 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                              

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

May 30

9 AM

B4

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

Duncan Ridge Trail has several steep sections. Pink Lady Slippers should be at peak.
Meeting: Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                                                                   
Don Muhleman 210-316-6614

May 30

9 AM

D4

Dicks Creek Gap north to almost Plum Orchard Gap Shelter, in and out on the AT to rock outcropping ˝ mile south of Plum Orchard Gap.  About 8 miles.  Moderate with some steep climbs.   
Meeting: Macedonia Baptist Church Hiawassee.                                                              Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Jun. 1

9 AM

B3

               

Leisure Hike - Catawba Rhododendron Time on Brasstown, Using Two Trails - Each year the rosy Catawba rhododendron reach their peak in late May, early June atop Georgia's tallest mountain and accompanying nearby ridges. There is a bit of yearly watching and guessing to hit the peak time, but we should be at it or close. So we will hike from the Brasstown parking lot out the Wagon Train Trail along the ridge to the second overlook and back. Afterwards we will hike the Jack's Gap Trail steeply down to the gap and our waiting shuttle to complete the day. This latter trail hiking portion is over the recently renovated trail done by the Mountain High Hikers maintenance volunteers, with some relocating. Let's see their fine improvements. Total distance hiking: ca. 6.5 miles. Federal Senior Pass or other federal pass required to park at Brasstown upper parking lot, or buy day pass.

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church on Hwy. 180 south of Blairsville.                                  George Owen, 706-374-4716

Jun. 1

8 AM

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


June  3rd

Saturday

National Trails Day Vogel State Park:

National Trails Day is being celebrated on June 3rd this year at Vogel State Park. You and your families are welcome to come out and celebrate with the Mountain High Hikers, Benton McKaye Trail Association and the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. For details please go to the attachment below. The MHH are providing paper goods and utensils, there will be a pot luck for lunch, the maintenance project in the morning is usually well attended by our great work crew. So come out for a fun day at Vogel State Park. If you have any questions please feel free to email or call Candy Retter at 706-897-9538 or candy.retter@gmail.com

June 5th

12:00
noon

Covered Dish Picnic / Business Meeting at Meeks Park Pavilion #1.    
Bring a covered dish for 8. Folks can come early and walk the 5 miles of trail for stay later and walk. There is a boat ramp for anyone who wants to kayak as well.
For info call : Candy Retter 706-835-1344  or  
candy.retter@gmail.com

Jun. 6

9 AM

B2

2 Wildflower trails: 1. Coleman River Trail.  One of the prettiest trails in North Georgia featuring
cascades, old growth forest and huge boulders.  This 2 mile round trip hike is rated moderate. 

We then move over to Moccasin Creek SP.  Scenic 2-3 mile hikes along a creek with several waterfalls
and interpretive trail.  Pass required for SP. Optional meal out at La Prades on Lake Burton
Meeting: Macedonia Baptist Church east of Hiawassee                                                 Carolyn & Tom Sewell 706-669-4916

Jun. 6

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.
Meeting:  Choestoe Baptist Church on Hwy 180.                                                                     Michael O’Brien
706-745-6260

Jun. 8

10 AM

 B2

Substitute Hike: Leisure Hike – Amadahy Trail at Carters Lake.  Beautiful lakeside 5 mile loop with a rest/snack stop on a beautiful peninsula at the half way point. Possible lunch at Poole's BBQ in Ellijay after the hike.

Meet: Ellijay Food Lion                                        Mike Pilvinsky 706-273-2086

Jun. 8

8 AM

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

Jun. 13

9 AM

B3

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

some steep climbs, great views, short shuttle required. Follows the Bartram Trail.
Meeting: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee                                                Ray Lovett 770-519-0210

Jun. 13

8 AM

 E4

Long Branch Trail to AT to Albert Mt.  10.5 mi.  Up to the AT on Long Branch Trail, from the Backcountry Information Center, hike south on the AT to Albert Mt lookout tower and return. 
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                  Irene Reiner   706-970-9822

Jun. 15

9 AM

B2

 Rescheduled from May 4: Leisure Hike - Benton MacKaye Trail across the Sisson Property - A tumbling cascade, the only BMT shelter in Georgia, two little lakes, a chapel, are all part of this leisurely trek of the BMT through the Sisson development between Forest Service sections of the trail. About three short but steep up hills are involved - take them slow...and cover all from U.S. 76 west to Boardtown Road - distance ca. 4 miles. Shuttle with parking either side of Hwy. 515/76 and on Boardtown Rd.

Meeting: Food Line, Blue Ridge.                                                     Darcy Douglas 404-431-3614

Jun. 15

8 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                              

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

Jun.  20

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                                                                                                      
Mike Pilvinsky 706-273-2086

Jun. 20

9 AM

D4

Wayah Crest to Wayah Bald on the AT.  Trail climbs from 4,188 ft. at Crest to 5,342 ft. at observation tower with some ups and downs in between.  8.4 miles round trip. No shuttle.
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                                            
Don Muhleman 210-316-6614

Jun. 22

9 AM

C2

Leisure Hike - Other Trails of Amicalola Falls State Park - Certainly most of you know that the AT Approach Trail and the Hike Inn Trail begin in the park and leave for points miles beyond. This hike however, includes those "other" trails on the east and west ridge and a short one at the falls bottom. First we'll hike the trail from behind the visitors’ center past the shelter and through part of the picnic area up to the pond at the falls base. Then we will hike back on the bottom of the west ridge to the visitors’ center. Then we drive part way up the park road toward the top, stopping to take the paved trail to the falls main drop and back. Next we come down the West Ridge Trail from the same springs parking area along the west ridge back to the visitors’ center. Then we'll drive to the falls top, visit the top of the falls and the little loop next to the lodge. Now we're hungry, and it's time for lunch at the lodge. Tummy's full, we conclude the day by hiking from the lodge all the way back to the visitors’ center via the East Ridge Trail which has awesome vista viewing in the first portion. At the bottom a waiting car shuttle takes the drivers back to pick up the rest at the lodge. Total hike: a little over 6 miles. And now you have completed the first leisure hike of summer. Short shuttles involved. State park pass required per car or buy day pass.     
Meeting: Blue Ridge Home Depot lot near Dairy Queen.
                                                             Mike Pilvinsky 706-273-2086

Jun. 22

8 AM

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

Jun.  27

9 AM

B2

Cooper Creek Sampler. Begin at the Cooper Creek Parking Area and hike the 1.7 mile Eye on Wildlife trail. 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. Trails maintained by MHH.
Meeting: Park & Ride Blairsville                                                                                                     
Ginny Smith 706-258-8716

Jun.  27

9 AM

D3

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

Meeting: Ingles Parking Lot in Hayesville.                                                                          Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Jun. 29

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - AT/BMT to Long Creek Falls and "the bald" - This 4.2-mile round-trip trek begins at Three Forks and travels up the combined Appalachian Trail/Benton MacKaye Trail with a little climbing for 0.9 mi. to lovely, restful Long Creek Falls. From the trail split here, we take the BMT trail for most of the next mile on an easy streamside walk, then the last about 0.3 mi. we steeply but slowly climb to where the BMT crosses an opening just called "the bald." From the “bald” we will hike a short distance down to the old cemetery: rest and have lunch. Return is back the same way to Three Forks again.   
Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride.                                                                                             
Virginia Lane 706-745-8058

Jun. 29

8 AM

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

 

In order to accommodate different hiking levels, we might do “timed-in-and-out” hikes.
Revised    4
/1/17