Summer 2011

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MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Summer 2011

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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.
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  Trails maintained by MHH
 
  Designated Wilderness Area (limit 10 hikers/group in NC, 12 hikers/group in GA)

July 05

(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

July 05

(C4)

08:00

Byron Herbert Reece and Freeman Trails with return over Blood Mountain on the AT. A 6.5 mile loop hike ( ≈ 4:00 hrs ). Elevation gain 1,400 feet. Rough, rocky footing. 

Meet at Byron Herbert Reece parking lot on Hwy 129, close to Neels Gap.         George Radcliffe 706-745-8355

July 7th

08:00

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

July 12      

(B4) 

09:00

Benton MacKaye Trail from Highway 60 across Licklog Mountain to Skeenah Gap. 

A 6.3 mile (≈4 hrs) hike with 1,800 foot elevation change in first 3.2 miles.  Some difficult footing.

Short shuttle required.
Meet at Park and Ride in Blairsville.                                                                     George Owen 706-374-4716

July 12      

(D3)

08:00

Cooper Gap to Woody Gap on the AT.  This 8.4 mile hike has lots of ascents and descents.  Several of them are steep.  Shuttle required                                                                                                                                                          Meet at Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                                    Kathleen Nolte 828-361-9584

July 19      

(A2)

09:00

High Shoals Falls.  A 2.5 mile round trip hike to view two beautiful waterfalls. 

This hike is rated moderate due to some climbing and descending. ( ≈ 2:45 hrs )

Meet at Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.        Barbara & Roland Hardee  828-389-2359

July 19      

(C3) 

08:00

Benton MacKaye Trail from Wilscot Gap to Shallowford Bridge for 7.7 miles with a total of

4,100 feet of change in elevation before ending at Toccoa River. 

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

July 26      

(C4) #

09:00

Jacks Gap to Unicoi Gap. A 6.8 mile trip to Chattahoochee Gap and then on the AT to Unicoi Gap.

Rough footing. Shuttle required

Meet at Jacks Gap at the base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy 180.                               Ginny Smith 706-258-8716

July 26      

(D3) 

08:00

Dicks Creek Gap north to Plum Orchard Gap Shelter, in and out on the AT. 9 miles. Moderate with some steep climbs.  Trail passes Dicks Creek Gap 2675 ft, Cowart Gap 2920 ft, Buzzard Knob 3760 ft, and Plum Orchard Gap 3090 ft.                                                                                                                                                                               Meet at Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                         Frances Maney 706-896-9016

July 28th
08:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

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

Aug. 02

(B4)

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                                                                          Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

Aug. 02

(D3)

08:00

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

Meet at Ingles Parking Lot in Hayesville.                                                              Frances Maney  706-896-9016

Aug 4th

08:00

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

Aug. 09

(C2) #

09:00

Emery Creek Falls5 miles in and out, 3 hours.  A delightful walk in the Cohuttas which ends in a pair of waterfalls:  The first is 40-50 ft high, the second is about 25 ft high.  The walk is along Emery Creek and involves about 12 stream crossings, so bring poles should be nice and cool down by the creek.  Optional meal out in Blue Ridge.
Meet at Home Depot in Blue Ridge.                                                                        Pam Sullivan  706-374-5281 

Aug. 09

(C2)

08:30

Dockery Lake to AT and return plus a loop around Dockery Lake.  7+ miles.

Elevation gain 1000 going, 600 returning.   

Meet at Dockery Lake parking lot at 8:30                                                                     Doug Haas 770-410-1738

Aug. 16

(A1) 

09:00

Chatuge Dam.  Easy hike across dam and on the new asphalt extension. 

Beautiful view. Round trip distance about 3 miles.

Meet at Ingles parking lot in Hayesville. 2.3 miles to trail head                                Ben Kennedy 706-896-2669

Aug. 16

(C1)

09:00

Summer Easy Pleasure (Mostly Downhill) - Tanasi Bike Trails - This will be a fairly easy, shady, and rather pleasant hike for a very hot summer month. We'll start high after a short shuttle, beginning on the high spot on Forest Service Road 221 in Tenn. Then we'll hike somewhere between 5-7+ miles mostly downhill on the Tanasi Bike Trail system down to the Ocoee Whitewater Center. (This replaces the long, much uphill, briar-filled hike in the Appletree Campground area.)
Meet at Piggley Wigley in Ducktown, TN.                                                 George Owen 706-374-4716

Aug 18th
08:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

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

Aug. 23

(C1)

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 change 800 ft. in, 900 ft out. 

Meet at Park and Ride in Blairsville. 16.2 miles to trailhead                                         Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

Aug. 23

(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  

Aug. 30

(B2)  

09:00

Arkaquah Trail from Brasstown Bald parking lot.  An easy in and out hike of about 3 miles (2 hrs). Spectacular views.  Some rough  footing. 

Meet at Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy. 180.                                   Bev Stevens 703-380-4095

Aug. 30

(E4)

08:00

Long Branch Trl. from Standing Indian Backcountry Info. sign to the AT to Albert Mt. Lookout Tower and return for 10.5 miles.
Meet at Ingles Parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                              Mary Patrick 706-379-4170

Sept 1st

08:00

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

Sept. 06

(B3)

09:00

 Park Creek Trail with crossover to Park Ridge Trail in Standing Indian area.  5 miles with miles with some stream crossings  ( ≈ 3:30 hrs ). 
Meet at Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                        Sue Sorice 706-745-1225

Sept. 06

(C3)

08:00

Duncan Ridge Tr. from Mulkey Gap to Fish Gap for 6miles RT. This section has some mod. To strenuous ascents and descents  (3:30 hrs )

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

Sept 12th

9:00am

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

Sept. 13

(C3)

09:00

The Miller Trek (Trail #46) at Brasstown Valley Resort.  This 6.5 mile loop is moderately difficult with an

elevation change of 1,400 feet and some rough, rocky footing. Option of lunch at Brasstown Valley Resort afterwards.
Meet at Trailhead parking lot on service road at the resort.                          Gene and Joyce Hall 706-781-9816

Sept. 13

(D3)

08:00

Chunky Gal Trail from Bob Allison Campground to Tusquitee Gap. 8 mile in and out hike, 1000 ft. elevation change. Moderate hike.                                                                                                                                        
Meet at Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                      Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Sept.20 (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.

Meet at Park and Ride in Blairsville.                                                                        Ginny Smith 706-258-8716

Sept.20

(C4)

08:00

NC AT Series - Wayah Bald (el. 5,342 ft.) to Tellico gap (el. 3,850 ft.) on the AT.  9.3 miles.  View mountains from Georgia to the Great Smokies from observation tower on Wayah. Shuttle
Meet at Rest Stop on 19/74 west of, Andrews, NC                                              Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281 

Sept.27

(B2)

09:00

Coosa Backcountry Trail from Wolf Creek Road to Burnett Gap.  This is an easy to moderate

4.6 mile ( ≈ 3.5 hrs ) round trip

Meet at Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                  Bob & Linda Kaempfer 828-644-5836

Sept.27

(D3)

08:00

 

Chunky Gal Trail: Deep Gap to Glade Gap. 8.1 Miles, shuttle hike.  Strenuous ups and downs. From Deep Gap hike 3 miles on theAT. Turn right on Chunky Gal Trail and hike 5.1 miles to Glade Gap on Hwy 64 for a total of 8.1 miles.                                                                                                                 
Meet at Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                George Owen 706-374-4716

Sept 29th
08:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

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


       In order to accommodate different hiking levels, we might do timed-in-and-out hikes.
Revised 7/30/
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