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

Summer 2017

July 4

9 AM

 No Club Hikes planned for today.

July 6

9 AM

B2

Leisure Hike - NEW!! Smithgall Woods - For our first-time leisure hike here so far as we know, we will first gather on arrival at the nature center for a staff-led brief orientation...then it's to the trails, including the Laurel Ridge and Wetland Loop Trail and the road connecting the two that is closed to all traffic. Come enjoy this state preserve of over 5,500 acres. Our trekking distance will be about five miles. State park pass or $5 required per car.

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church south of Blairsville                                                                    George Owen  706-374-4716

July 6

8 AM

GA Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting:
Blairsville Park and Ride                                                                 Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

July 11

9 AM

B3

Bald River Falls, Tellico Plains, TN. We will hike 3-4 miles out and back. This hike starts at Bald River Falls on FS 210 and follows the river, passing through forest and over numerous rock embankments and cascades. 30 minute carpool from visitor’s center.

Meeting: Cherohala Visitor Center in Tellico Plains 9AM.                                     Laurie Colombo 530-295-7639

July 11

8 AM

E4

Kimsey Creek Trail from Back Country Information Center in Standing Indian area to Deep Gap then climbs Standing Indian, then returns on the Lower Ridge Trail.  A hike of appr. 11 miles              
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                                      
Ginny Smith 706-258-8716

July 13

9 AM

B3

Leisure Hike - Some Trails of Young Harris College & Brasstown Valley - First we will do the loop hike around the athletic fields of Young Harris College, then journey to the Miller Trail parking at Brasstown Valley Resort for a combined hike of Miller Trek up to the first crossover, then down to do the Bottoms Trail, back by the lodge and to our vehicles. Total of about four miles. Lunch at Brasstown Valley Lodge for those so desiring.

Meeting: Young Harris College trail parking lot Hwy. 515 & Timberline Dr. which is beyond the Tennis courts and adjacent to the new Blue Ridge Mtn. EMC.    

                                                                                 Sue & Bob Astley 404-702-0273 or 404-403-8425

July 13

8 AM

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

July 18

9 AM

B2

Coosa Backcountry Trail from Wolf Creek Road to Burnett Gap. This is an easy to moderate 4.6 mile  round trip. Approx. 5 mi. to trailhead.                                                        
Meeting: 
Choestoe Baptist Church south of Blairsville                                                   Evelin & Doug Yarns    828-837-7237

July 18

9 AM

C3

Mooney Gap to Timber Ridge Trail in Standing Indian area.  5 miles on the AT plus 2.5 on the Timber Ridge for a total of 7.5 miles.   Optional 1.2 miles to Big Laurel Falls.  Shuttle required.     
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                           
Michael O’Brian 706-745-6260

July 20

9AM

B4

Leisure Hike - Woody Gap Both Ways on A.T. to Great Vistas - This hike is rated strenuous for a short distance at two points for great views. We'll take those climbs slowly with "breathers." First we will hike north from the gap to "Preacher Rock" and soak in the view, then return to the gap and trek south to Ramrock Mtn. vista and return - total mileage exactly 5 miles.

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church parking on Hwy. 180                                    Jan Stansell 706-747-5892

July 20

8 AM

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

July 25

9 AM

B1

Big Lost Creek Trail Located in TN. on the BMT. Less than six miles in and out. This easy, mostly level hike follows Big Lost Creek. Beautiful gorge, high rock walls. Cascading rapids, falls, and beautiful rock formations on one side.

Meeting: Ducktown Piggly Wiggly                                                            Phyllis & Ken Jones 706-896-5540

July 25

9 AM

D4

Standing Indian Area.  Beech Gap to AT to Timber Ridge Trail. 8.3 mile modest to strenuous hike.  
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                       
Jerry Carnes, rockkicker48@gmail.com

July 27

9 AM

B1 & B2

 Leisure Hike - NEW! Some Special trails of the Blue Ridge Area - Twice canceled this year because of weather, we'll try again. We begin with a new trail in a Blue Ridge city park. Then we drive to the west side of Lake Blue Ridge (NOT Morganton Point) to walk just 2.1 miles of Forest Service trails and learn about some special recreational projects under study in this area. Finally we travel a short distance on Weaver Creek Rd. to hike a mile each way (fairly flat) on a little-used part of the Benton MacKaye Trail. Total mileage: just under 5 miles.

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

July 27

8 AM

GA Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting:
Blairsville Park and Ride                                                                        Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Aug. 1

9 AM

B3

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

Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                       Michael O’Brian 706-745-6260

Aug. 1

9 AM

D3

Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald on the AT. Return by Siler Bald Shelter.  A 9.4 mile hike with 1,400 ft. elevation change. Outstanding view from the top of the bald.  2.5-3 mph paced hike. Fast hike ~4.5 hrs. Total hiking time.
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                     
Steve Dennison 706-299-6825  

Aug. 3

9 AM

B2

Leisure Hike - AT/BMT Springer Mountain Upper Loop - Always popular and pleasant, we hike from the Springer Mtn. parking lot up the Appalachian Trail to the Springer Mountain summit for the view, visit the AT shelter area, then return via the Benton MacKaye Trail to the MacKaye Memorial and another vista, several easy stream crossings, and the final 0.2 mi. on the A.T. to our waiting vehicles. Total 4.8 mi.

Meeting: Ellijay Food Lion                                                                                                                    Ken Cissna 813-310-6084

AUG. 3

8 AM

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

Aug.8

8 AM

B3

 

Kimsey Creek Trail in Standing Indian area. Hike beside a beautiful stream for about 5 miles in and out. After hike the hike leader will meet those wishing to sample in Franklin.

Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville. Carpool to meet Hike Leader at Trailhead 8:34 am. Backcountry Kiosk.                                                                                            Ray Lovett 770-519-0210

Aug. 8

8 AM

E4

 

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

Aug. 10

9 AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Jackrabbit Bike/Hiking Trails Loop - We'll include the Central Loop, Burrell Cove, SABA Beach, and connector for total mileage of a bit under 6 miles of hiking. A significant portion is lakeside hiking.

Meeting: Jackrabbit Bike/Hiking Trails Parking                                                                            Wes Clonts 706-769-3234

Aug. 10

8 AM

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

Aug.15

9 AM

B3

 

Emery Creek Falls.  5 miles in and out.  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.  

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

Aug.15

8 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. 
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                             
Irene Reiner   706-970-9822

Aug. 17

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Murphy Greenway - 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").                                                                      Laurie Colombo 530-295-7639

Aug. 17

8 AM

GA Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride                                                      Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Aug.  22

9 AM

C2

Summer Waterfalls Hike.  We’ll hike first to 250 ft. Dukes Creek Falls for an easy 2.2 miles. Then on to Raven Cliff Falls where we’ll have lunch at the base of the cliffs. A total of 7.2 delightful miles.

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church south of Blairsville                                               Candy Retter 706-897-9538

Aug.22

9 AM

E3

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. 
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                            
Jerry Carnes, rockkicker48@gmail.com

Aug. 24

9 AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Unicoi State Park Area Trails - Our day begins with visiting the Anna Ruby Falls Pat Thomas Visitors Center and taking the 1.2-mi. r.t. hike to the falls. Then it's on to the state park to do the Bottoms Loop including the Frog Pond Nature Trail and then the Lakeside Trail. Somewhere in the midst of all these we can lunch at either the Unicoi Lodge, German Bakery or Big Daddy’s in Helen. That afternoon we receive a brief tour at fairly new Hardman Farm State Historic Site one mile south of Helen, part of historic Nacoochee Valley. Total hiking mileage: bit under 6 miles. Our vehicles will need both federal and state passes or pay small admission fees. Admission to Hardeman site is in addition to the park fee.

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church south of Blairsville                                                              Larry Jarkovsky 386-689-7012

Aug. 24

8 AM

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

Aug. 29

9 AM

B2

Turtletown Creek Falls, near Farner, TN.  A moderate 4 mile round trip hike to two of the prettiest waterfalls in the area.  Hiking sticks recommended.

Meeting: Ducktown Piggly Wiggly                                                               Evelin & Doug Yarns    828-837-7237           

Aug. 29

9 AM

D3

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                     
Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                    Mary Patrick
706-379-4170

Aug. 31

9 AM

B3

           

Leisure Hike - Toccoa R. Swinging Bridge North to Hwy. 60 - We leave some vehicles at Skeenah Creek Gap on Hwy. 60 and drive the rest southward to the swinging bridge parking. First we go to the famous 360-ft. swinging bridge over the Toccoa River, then we hike back 3.5 mi. over Toonowee  Mountain (climb is easier on this end of the ridge) to Hwy. 60. Total mileage: 3.8  Shuttle round-trip of just over 3 miles on FS gravel road.

Meeting: Blue Ridge Food Lion                                                                                                                     Ken Cissna 813-310-6084

Aug. 31

8 AM

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

Sep. 5

9 AM

A2

New Hike: Mt. Oglethorpe, the original terminus for the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Eagle’s Rest, 3 different trails have been, picnic areas and viewing platform. Trails length ~3.5 miles. http://www.mtoglethorpe.org/eagles-rest.html

Meeting: Ellijay Food Lion                                                                           Steve Dennison 706-299-6825  

Sep. 5

9 AM

E3

Woody Gap to Slaughter Gap on the AT, then down the Slaughter Creek Trail to Lake Winfield Scott.  10.6 miles.
Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot.                                                               Candy Retter 706-897-9538

Sep. 7

9 AM

A3 or B3

Leisure Hike - AT off Hogpen Gap - First we will travel south on AT & Whitley Gap Shelter Trail to vistas along the crest of Wildcat Mtn., but turning around at the rocky high point before the descent to the shelter, return to the AT, and head to another vista and the big drop to Tesnatee Gap. Total is just under 3 miles. The leader/group, after the Shuttle back to Hogpen Gap, can decide about adding another approximately 3 miles by traveling north about 1.5 mi. to the start of the first significant climb and returning. Very short shuttle involved

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church south of Blairsville                                                            Virginia Lane 706-745-8058

Sep. 7

8 AM

GA Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride                                    Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Sep. 12

9 AM

B4

Tobacco Pouch to Wildcat Campground in Jasper. This is a 5.1 adventure hike with a steep climb at the beginning (3.5 hrs.), High water stream crossings with ropes and a shuttle. The payoff?  A beautiful waterfall and pretty terrain along Wildcat Creek. Good hiking/ water shoes and poles recommended. Pace of hike would be 2 to 2.5 miles per hour including breaks.  

Home Depot in Blue Ridge (meet hike leaders at Wildcat Campground)                                   Steve Dennison 706-299-6825  

Sep. 12

9 AM

D3

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.

Meeting: Ingles parking lot Hayesville                                                      Jerry Carnes, rockkicker48@gmail.com

Sep. 14

9 AM

B3

Leisure Hike - Southern Nantahala AT Vista and Waterfalls - Starting at Betty Creek Gap, the hike leaves FS Rd. 83, and travels a connecting trail 0.2 mi. to the AT, turns south, and climbs gradually awhile and then runs along a ridge to a wonderful sweeping bluff vista. Return the same way for a total of 4.4 miles. Add a little over a mile if so wish by turning homeward in the vehicles and stopping twice for short hikes to Mooney and Big Laurel Falls, still keeping total trip mileage under 6 miles. Carpool for after hike trip into Franklin for??

Meeting: Ingles in Hayesville                                                                                              Carolyn & Tom Sewell 706-669-4916

Sep. 14

8 AM

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

Sep.  19

9 AM

C2

Lake Winfield Scott-Jarrard Gap- Slaughter Gap loop. This is a pleasant 6 mile (≈3:30 hr.) hike with moderate ascents and descents. ($5.00 or Golden Age Pass at Lake Winfield Scott). Wilderness area. 10 mile ride to trailhead.                                                                  
Meeting: 
Choestoe Baptist Church S of Blairsville                                   Sue & Bob Astley 404-702-0273 or 404-403-8425

Sep. 19

8 AM

E4

Brasstown Bald Challenge:  Up the Jacks Knob Trail to Brasstown Bald parking lot and down the Arkequah Trail to parking lot. Trails maintained by MHH.  Total of 7.8 strenuous miles. Trail ascends 1,400 ft. & descends 2,100 ft. Spectacular views. Shuttle to Parking lot Jacks Knob Trailhead at the base of Brasstown Bald Hwy 180.
Meeting: Parking lot at Arkequah trailhead / Trackrock                                             
Irene Reiner   706-970-9822

Sep. 21

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - NEW! Interlocking Trails in SE TN off FS 221 near Ocoee Whitewater - Celebrate the last day of summer! This is almost a full-trekking loop with just a very short shuttle between two trailheads. Go uphill 1.5 on the Big Frog Trail, climbing only about 200 feet, turn left onto the Rough Creek Trail for 0.9 of modest undulating walking, and then hike 2.6 miles back to FS 221 on the Benton MacKaye Trail. About half of the trip you will be in Big Frog Federal Wildness Area. The group could hike other nearby trails a bit or visit the famous Ocoee River 1996 Olympic Whitewater Center nearby.

Meeting: Piggly Wiggly at Ducktown                                                                                George Owen     706-374-4716

Sep. 21

8 AM

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

Sep.  26

9 AM

B2

Old Copper Road Trail along Ocoee River in TN.  An easy 4.8 mile round trip beginning at the Ocoee Whitewater Center on the historic Old Copper Road, originally constructed in 1851.  Follows the Ocoee River for 2.4 miles to TVA Dam No. 3.  Four foot bridges and beautiful views of the river, old apple trees, stone foundations and hand-laid walls.  Picnic tables and pit toilets at the 2.4 mile mark.   $3 parking fee. 

Meeting: Piggly Wiggly at Ducktown                                                                                          Laurie Colombo 530-295-7639

Sep.  26

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

Sep. 28

9 AM

B3 or B4

Leisure Hike - Trails of Vogel State Park - We celebrate our first autumn leisure hike close to home at Vogel. Treks include: Nature Trail, Coosa Backcountry to Hwy 180 and back, and some of Bear Hair Trail short way up and off back through the campgrounds, and concludes with the mile walk around the lake with the waterfall thrown in. Total: Something close to 5 miles. State Park pass or $5 fee per vehicle.

Meeting: Vogel State Park parking lot in front of visitors center                                                       Wes Clonts 706-769-3234

Sep. 28

8 AM

GA Trail Maintenance Day
Meeting: Blairsville Park and Ride                                                                      Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Oct 9th

12:00
noon

Covered Dish Picnic / Business Meeting at Shope Pavillion.    
Bring a covered dish for 8. 
For info call : Candy Retter 706-835-1344  or  
candy.retter@gmail.com

 

In order to accommodate different hiking levels, we might do “timed-in-and-out” hikes.
Revised    5/
20/17