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 2018

Apr. 3
9 AM
B2

Green Mountain Trail in Fannin County, Aska area. Deep Gap over Green Mt. trail to Long Branch

Connector. A moderate hike of about 5 miles with good views of Lake Blue Ridge.                                       
Meet: Food Lion in Blue Ridge                                                                              
Ken Cissna 813-310-6084

Apr. 3
8 am
D4

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.                                                              
Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church east of Hiawassee                                                  
Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Apr. 5
9 AM
B2

NEW - Leisure Hike - Vogel/Byron Herbert Reese Trail, Vogel Lake Trail - This new 1.45 mi. Vogel/Byron Herbert Reese Trail just opened in January. We will start at the new trailhead parking lot next to the Byron Herbert Reese Center, hike to Vogel State Park, trek around the lake (including waterfall), and return to the start at Reese parking - 4 miles total, with almost 3 miles of it totally new trail. Trail maintained by MHH.  Don't miss this new one!!                        
Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church                                                                             George Owen 706-374-4716

Apr. 5
9 AM

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

Apr. 10
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.  Trail maintained by MHH. 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

Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church east of Hiawassee                              Carolyn & Tom Sewell 706-669-4916

Apr. 10
9 AM
E4

Byron Herbert Reece parking lot up to the AT at Flatrock Gap. (0.7miles), then turn north on the AT and hike through Neel Gap and to Cowrock Gap (4.7miles) and return for a total of 10.8 miles.  

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church on Hwy 180    Stephen Gales 864-276-4763 (cell text please to confirm)

Apr. 12

9 AM

C3

 

Leisure Hike - Woody Gap to Gooch Mountain Shelter and Back to Gooch Gap - This trek of just a little over six miles is longer than most leisure hikes, but worth it. Two short but steady climbs on the AT each give wonderful vistas southward. Spring wildflowers should be a-poppin'. It also includes a brand new more gradual climb west of Gooch Gap. Shuttle.                                                                                               
Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church
                         Virginia Lane 706-745-8058 or Cell 706-897-1785

Apr. 12

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                              

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

Apr.17
9 AM
B4

Hike in Eales Nest Park at the summit of Mt. Oglethorpe, the original terminus for the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Spectacular views to Amicalola Lodge to the North, and to Stone Mountain, the Atlanta Skyline, and Kennesaw Mountain to the South. 2 mile moderate hike with 500 feet ascent in ~2 miles. Afterwards, as an option, travel 20 minutes to Burnt Mountain Preserve and hike the Champions Creek trail for 2 miles with 800 foot ascent.

Meet: Ellijay Food Lion                                                                    Mike Pilvinsky 706-889-5254

Apr.17
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.  Trail maintained by MHH. 6.5 miles. Short shuttle.    

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

Apr. 19
9AM
B2

Leisure Hike - Winding Stair Gap to Log Steps at Old Logging Rd. - 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 in small clearing and return - total exactly 5 mi. round-trip. Hope for trilliums and other wildflowers to be in bloom.                                                                                                                                                                     
Meet:
Ingles, Hayesville                                              
Marjorie Hornsby 828-415-1530

Apr. 19

8 AM

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

Apr.24
9 AM
C3

Benton MacKaye Trail from Wilscot Gap to Dial Road.  6 miles with GREAT wildflowers.

Hike shortened to enjoy the flowers and go at a slower pace.  Shuttle

Meet: Park and Ride in Blairsville     Kim Hulsey Blankenship kmhlisy6@yahoo.com  770-880-8358

Apr.24
8 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. Trail maintained by MHH. Shuttle.                                                                       
Meet: Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy. 180:                                   Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Apr. 26
9 AM
B3

Leisure Hike - Benton MacKaye Trail from FS 221 to Ocoee River and Rhododendron Trail to Whitewater Center - Again, an old favorite! Easily trek the BMT 3.7 miles downhill amidst some towering big trees, then hike the Ocoee River Trail to the Whitewater Center - little over 5 miles total with lunch along the river.                     
Meet: Piggly Wiggly, Ducktown, TN                         Hank Baudet
geezer95@gmail.com  706-455-5583

Apr. 26

9 AM

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

May 1
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. $5 per car daily fee or GA State Park Pass needed.

Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                    Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

May 1
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. Trail maintained by MHH.  Approx. 10 miles. Loop hike; no shuttle.
MeetIngles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                  
Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

May 3
9 AM
C3

NEW - Leisure Hike - Piney Knob Trail System - Gobbler Loop Tr. - Opened to the public just a few months ago, with more trails to be added soon. We will hike the five-mile Gobbler Trail with a bit of additional mileage to-from it - giving us a loop. Climb only a few hundred feet over the first mile on the Gobbler going clock-wise, then tour around near ridge summit for miles with great views off - located just east of Murphy, NC. Total mileage, with approach trail, bit over six miles. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME - AND NEW       
Meet: Ingles on
U.S. 19/74 just east of Murphy                                                   George Owen 706-374-4716

May 3

8 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                              

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

May 8
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.

Meet: Ingles in Hayesville.                                                               Linda & Bob Kaempfer 828-644-5836

May 8
9 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 l and then the AT to Tray Mtn.  Return the same way. 
Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot Hiawassee.
  Stephen Gales 864-276-4763 (cell text please to confirm)

May 10
9 AM
B1

Leisure Hike - Two Loops at Jackrabbit - We will trek the 3.1 mi. Central Loop Tr. and the 1.5 mi Upper Ridge Loop Tr. and the little approach trail in and out - ca. 4.8 mi. - most pleasant and easy hiking.                                    
Meet:
Jackrabbit Mtn. Bike/Hiking Trails parking in NC north of Hiawassee                Gail Janney 706-889-9004

May 10

8 AM

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

May 15
9 AM
B3

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. Trail maintained by MHH.                        
Meet:  Choestoe Baptist Church on Hwy. 180       
    Sue & Bob Astley 404-702-0273 or 404-403-8425

May 15
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. 10 miles.  Moderate hike.  Plan on dinner in Clayton afterwards?
Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church east of Hiawassee          Jerry Carnes, 
rockkicker48@gmail.com

May 17
9 AM
B2/3

Leisure Hike - Some Trails of Amicalola Falls State Park & Lunch at Lodge - This is really a favorite of the leader. We mostly do quite modest trails within the state park, several of them. Included will be two trails to two parts of the great waterfall and the vista atop the waterfall. Time allowing, we will do the first part of the Hike Inn Trail too - out 0.9 mile to a vista and return. Then we'll enjoy lunch in the lodge restaurant with that fabulous view from the great windows while eating.                      
Meet:
Home Depot parking lot in Blue Ridge, GA                                                      George Owen 706-374-4716

May 17

8 AM

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

May 22
9 AM
B3

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

Moderate hike.                                  

Meeting: Murphy at Old L&N Depot                                                 Evelin & Doug Yarns  828-837-7237

May 22
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.  
Meet:
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180          Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

May 24
9 AM
B2

Leisure Hike - Mooney Gap South on AT to Awesome Vista, Return Via Betty Creek Gap Trailhead - High in Standing Indian country is this lovely walk of 5.1 mi. - in one way and out another. Significant point of the jaunt is a high 180-degree, east-facing vista at our turn-around point. Very short shuttle.                                                                                      
Meet:
Ingles, Hayesville, NC                                                        
Marjorie Hornsby 828-415-1530

May 24

8 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                              

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

May 29
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.

Meet: Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                                    Carolyn & Tom Sewell 706-669-4916

May 29
9 AM
D3

Sandy Gap to Unicoi Gap on the Benton MacKaye Trail:  It is an 8.3 mile section, with a beautiful ridgeline walk along the NC/TN state line. Added attractions of seeing an old engraved marker on the ridge marking the state line and “old Doc” –Roger’s TB sanatorium, in ruins, with rock walls over 3 stories high still standing. Ends at the historic Unicoi Gap in TN. Shuttle.
Meet: Home Depot in Blue Ridge..                                                     
Phyllis & Ken Jones 828-646-8925   

May 31
9 AM
B3

               

Leisure Hike - Catawba Rhododendron Peak Blooms on Brasstown Bald - Every year the purple/pink/lavender Catawba Rhododendron reach peak blooming as May turns into June atop several of Georgia's highest peaks, including Brasstown Bald. Our walk amidst these blooms will first be out about two miles to two great vistas and return on the Wagon Train Trail. Then we will also take the short hike up the little peak and back on the Jacks Gap Trail just south of the Brasstown parking lot. A most "color-full" trip with views - don't miss it! Brasstown Bald parking - fee area or free with federal senior pass.            
Meet:
Choestoe Baptist Church at 9:00, or Jacks Gap at 9:10            George Owen 706-374-4716

May 31

8 AM

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

June 4th

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. 5
9 AM
B4

Chunky Gal Trail.  Hike from Bob Allison Campground along scenic Tuni Creek to the big buckeye tree and return.  About 4 miles with 5 stream crossings (slippery footing) each way. Hiking sticks required. Trail maintained by MHH,      
Meet:
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                     Tim Holby 828-361-4205

Jun. 5
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.                               
Candy Retter 706-897-9538

Jun. 7
9 am
B2

Leisure Hike - NEW: Mooney Gap on AT to and down Bearpen Gap Trail - The first 1.3 mile out of Mooney Gap has moderate uphill on the Appalachian Trail. Then, just before we reach that steep climb up Albert Mtn., we turn west onto the 2.4 mi. Bearpen Gap Trail, and it is then down, down, down to our waiting vehicles on Forest Service Rd. 67. Shuttle.
Meet:
Ingles, Hayesville, NC                                                 
Marjorie Hornsby 828-415-1530

Jun. 7

8 AM

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

June 12
9 AM
B2

Cooper Creek Sampler. Begin at the Cooper Creek Parking Area and hike the 1.7 mile Eye on Wildlife trail back to Parking Lot. 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.

Meet: Blairsville Park & Ride                                                        Michael O’Brien 706-994-1569

Jun. 12
9 AM
E4

Long Branch Trail to Albert Mt. 10.5 miles. Up the Long Branch Trail tom the AT and on to Albert Mt. and return. Start at Back Country Information center at Standing Indian.

Meet: Hayesville Ingles                                                                 Don Mulheman  210-316-8614

Jun. 14
9 AM
B2

 

Leisure Hike - Big Frog, Rough Creek, Benton MacKaye Trails - This repeat hike is fairly easy and partly in the Big Frog Wilderness of Southeast TN, and it's almost a loop with two trailheads on For. Serv. Rd. 221. The first 1.5 mi. on the Big Frog Trail climbs exactly 300 feet, slowly and almost unnoticeable. Then the Rough Creek Trail turns left and heads east an easy 1.5 mile to dump into the Benton MacKaye Trail. We conclude taking the BMT 2.2 miles back to its trailhead on FS Rd. 221. This final section has two usually shallow crossings of West Fork Creek close together, but you might bring an extra pair of socks in case the stream is up from rains. Total hike mileage: 5.2. Short shuttle.                            
Meet: Piggly Wiggly, Ducktown, TN                         
Ken Cissna 813-310-6084

Jun. 14

8 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                              

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

Jun.  19
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, some minor stream crossings, great views.

Meet: Ellijay Food Lion                                                Mike Pilvinsky 706-889-5254

Jun. 19
9 AM
D4

Black Rock Mountain State Park near Clayton.  Hike the James E. Edmonds Loop Trail for 7.2 moderate to strenuous miles. Then the Tennessee Rock Trail for 2.2 moderate miles.  9.4 miles total.  State park pass or current parking fee.   Moderate pace. 
Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee
9A  Steve Dennison  706-299-6825

Jun. 21
9 AM
B3

Leisure Hike - Hogpen Gap North, In & Out, Then South to Wildcat Mtn. High Point & to Tesnatee Gap - Head north from Hogpen Gap on the Appalachian Trail about 1.5 mi. to gap with a big campsite on the left, then return, cross Hogpen Gap, and journey south to summit views from Wildcat Mtn. Final leg of venture is to head to Tesnatee Gap. Total mileage is a little over five miles. Very short shuttle.        
Meet:
Choestoe Baptist Church
                                  Howard Baggett    howardeb@windstream.net

Jun. 21

8 AM

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

Jun.  26
9 AM
C2

Cohuttas: Grassy Mountain Fire tower and Lake Conasauga Loop. 6.2 miles. Great view from the fire tower.

Meet: Ellijay Food Lion                                                Mike Pilvinsky 706-889-5254

Jun.  26
9 AM
D3

Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald on the AT.   9.4 miles RT. This hike will be moderately paced.

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

Jun. 28
9 AM
B2

Leisure Hike - Rock Gap South on AT to Glassmine Gap, Out Long Branch Trail to Backcountry Parking Lot - This 4.8-mile hike has some steady but moderate uphill on the Appalachian Trail the first mile, but the rest of the hike is mostly downhill. Short shuttle.
Meet: Ingles, Hayesville, NC                                                                      
Marjorie Hornsby 828-415-1530

Jun. 28

8 AM

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Meet: 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.