MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Spring  2015

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

July 7

B3

9:00

 

 

Yellow Mountain Trail in the Coopers Creek Wildlife Management Area.  4.7 miles and 800 foot elevation change. The Yellow Mountain Trail to the top, then the Shope Gap Trail to the Duncan Ridge Road, follow the road to the Mill Shoal Creek Trail which will take us back to the Campground.  For those who are interested, following the main hike, we will add an additional easy 2.0+ mile hike along Cooper Creek to see old home sites of the Harkins and Shope clans, an old mill site and a dam site on Cooper Creek and the grave site of an ancestor involved in the Cherokee Removal.  One easy, shallow, wet crossing of Cooper Creek required                                                                                                              
Park & Ride in Blairsville                                                               Tom Shope  706-745-4072

July 7

D3

9:00

Green Mountain Trail in Fannin County 10 mile in and out hike with moderate elevation gain. Includes the Green Mountain Trail for 7 miles and the connector to Long Branch Loop for an additional 3 miles.                                                                                                                      
Home Depot parking lot in Blue Ridge                                              Ginny Smith  706-258-8716

July 9

8:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

July 14

C3

9:00

 

GA AT Series 3. Woody Gap to Gooch Gap (in and out).  7.2 miles. Nice views south. Trail passes Woody Gap (3150), Ramrock Mt. (3200) high point, Gooch Gap (2784) low point. MHH favorite.                                                                                                                
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy180                       Steve Dennison  706-253-3938

July 14

E4

9:00

Standing Indian Area.  Rock Gap to Albert Mountain on the AT.  A 12 mile in and out hike.  Some of the best views in Standing Indian area at the fire tower.  Lunch on the summit.            
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                    Dave Werkheiser  706-669-8439

July 16

8:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                     
 Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

July 21

B2

9:00

Flat Creek Loop Trail.  5+ mi. moderate hike in the Aska Adventure Trail Area near Blue Ridge.                                                                                                                
Food Lion Parking Lot in Blue Ridge                                                   Ken Cissna  706-636-1741

July 21

E3

9:00

Woody Gap to Slaughter Gap on the AT, then down the Slaughter Creek Trail to Lake Winfield Scott.  10.6 miles.                                                                              
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot.                                              Mary Patrick  706-379-4170

July 23

B2

9:00

Brush Creek loop trail. Approximately 5 miles

Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown, TN                                                        Evelin Yarns  828-837-7237

July 23

8:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

July 28

C3

9:00

Rock Gap on the AT going south to the new shelter and back for a 6 mile moderate hike.
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                              Joe Boone  706-835-2269

July 28

D3

9:00

Park Creek Trail and Park Ridge Trail loop in Standing Indian area for a 9 mile hike.  Begin at Park Gap, take Park Ridge Trail to Nantahala River, then Park Creek Trail back to cars.                  Ingles parking lot Hayesville                                                             Jerry Carnes  706-896-4690

July 30

8:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                     
 Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Aug 4

B2

9:00

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.
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot                                                Larry Dietsch  706-896-4951

Aug 4

D3

9:00

 Benton MacKaye, Hemp Top, Jacks River trails.  We will start hiking from Watson Gap, enter the Cohutta Wilderness on the BMT, then use the Hemp Top and Jack’s River trails to complete a circle and return over a 2.6 repeat of the BMT to Watson Gap again.  About 8.3 miles.         
Home Depot parking lot in Blue Ridge                                     Michael O’Brien  706-745-6260

Aug 6

8:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Aug 11

B3

9:00

Wayah Gap to Siler Bald on the AT. The trail climbs 1,000 feet in l.9 miles, but the 360 degree view from top is well worth the effort. A 3.8 mile round trip hike. (≈ 3:00 hrs). Club favorite
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                            Tom Shope  706-745-4072

Aug 11

D3

9:00

Standing Indian Area.  Hike up Beech Gap Trail to Beech Gap, then north on the AT to junction with the Timber Ridge Trail, then down Timber Ridge Trail to cars. About 9 miles. After reaching Beech Gap, the hike is gentle (level or down).                                            
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                         Jerry Carnes  706-896-4690

Aug 13

8:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                     
 Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Aug 18

D3

9:00

Lake Winfield Scott  to Slaughter Creek Trail to Blood Mountain for approx. 6 miles of moderately difficult terrain. Steep sections but worth it for the view! Fee area
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                            Candy Retter  706-835-1344

Aug 18

D4

8:00

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.
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                           Irene Reiner  706-970-9822

Aug 20

B2

9:00

Two scenic waterfalls.  Desoto Falls: round trip distance is 1.9 miles. Helton Creek Falls: side trip down FS road for a short hike, then relax by beautiful, cool waterfalls.  1.5 miles.
Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot                                                  Joe Boone  706-835-2269

Aug 20

8:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                           Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Aug 25

B3

9:00

Deep Gap (4,341 ft) to the top of Standing Indian Mountain (5,498 ft.) on the AT, 1157 ft. elevation gain.  This is a moderately steep 5 mile round trip hike in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area. Usually cooler in summer                                   
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                           George Owen  706-897-3366

Aug 25

D3

9:00

Jacks River - Cohutta Wilderness Hike :  This is a 9.2 mile hike with < 400 foot elevation change, going from Dally gap in the Cohutta's 4.6 miles down Jacks River Trail (one of the prettiest areas in the Cohutta's) to a beautiful lunch spot with a swimming hole, then back out.  There will be 3 river crossing each way which are knee deep, so bring water shoes and poles.  This will be a great escape from the summer heat.  Plan on getting wet, so bring a change of clothes!!
Home Depot on 515 in Blue Ridge                                  Pam and Richard Sullivan  706-374-5281

Aug 27

8:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                     
 Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Sept 1

B3

9:00

 

Arkaquah Trail from Brasstown Bald parking lot down to the petroglyphs.  This is a moderate hike of about 5.5 miles, mostly downhill. Spectacular views.  See the petroglyphs at the end. Some rough footing.  Shuttle
Blairsville Park
and Ride
                                                             Michael O’Brien  706-745-6260

Sept 1

E3

9:00

Betty’s Creek Gap to Beech Gap in the Standing Indian Area. 10.2 miles total. At Betty’s Creek Gap, go southbound on the AT for 7.8 miles to Beech Gap, then down 2.4 miles on the Beech Gap Trail. Short shuttle required.                                                                                       
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                        Jerry Carnes  706-896-4690

Sept 8

B2

9:00

Dally Gap to Jack’s River. 5-6 mi. hike up Hemp Top Trail to intersection with the BMT at Spanish Oak Gap to Jacks River Trail to the river. Bring poles, river shoes if you want to cross the river.

Home Depot in Blue Ridge                                                           George Owen  706-897-3366

Sept 8

D3

8:00

Long Branch Trail to AT to Winding Stair Gap in Standing Indian area.  This 8.2 mile moderate hike begins at the Back Country Information Center.  Shuttle required                    
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                          Irene Reiner  706-970-9822

Sept 10

8:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                             Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Sept 15

B3#

9:00

Blood Mountain via the Byron Herbert Reece Trail and AT. A  5 mile round trip hike (≈ 3:30 hrs)

with 1,400 ft. climb in 2.5 mi., then descend. Splendid views from the top.

Byron Herbert Reese parking area                                                              Steve Dennison  706-253-3938

Sept 15

E4

9:00

Kimsey Creek Tr. to Deep Gap then on the AT to Standing Indian summit.

Return on Lower Ridge Tr. for 11 miles.
 Ingles Parking Lot in Hayesville
                                             Jerry Carnes  706-896-4690

Sept 17

8:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                     
 Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 706-745-9610

Sept 22

C2

9:00

Bear Paw and Chestnut Mountain loop trails opposite the Whitewater Center in the Ocoee Gorge, TN.  A moderate 7.7 mile hike. Good winter views of gorge.                                       
Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown, TN                                          Evelin and Doug Yarns  828-837-7237

Sept 22

D3

9:00

Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald on the AT..  A 9.4 mile hike with 1,400 ft   elevation change. Outstanding view from the top of the bald. This is a club favorite.                                                                                                                                      Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                 Dave Werkheiser  706-669-8439

Sept 24

A2

9:00

Bear Hair Trail in Vogel State Park.  Loop hike of about 4 miles ( ≈ 3:00 hrs )  with some moderate to steep climbs.  Bring hiking sticks and State Park pass or $5.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot                                              Nancy Shofner. 706-745-1657

Sept 29

C2

9:00

BMT Trail from Highway 60 to the Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River and Back 7 miles. 

Home Depot in Blue Ridge                                                             Steve Dennison  706-253-3938

Sept 29

D4

9:00

Gahuti Backcountry Trail in Fort Mountain State Park. An 8.2 mile moderate to strenuous hike with good fall views. State Park Pass or current parking fee. 

Food Lion Parking Lot Ellijay                                                      Dave Werkheiser  706-669-8439


In order to accommodate different hiking levels, we might do “timed-in-and-out” hikes.
Revised
6/19/15