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.
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##  Designated Wilderness Area (limit 10 hikers/group in NC, 12 hikers/group in GA)

        MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Summer  2019

Jul 2

9 AM

C3

Long Creek Falls in the Three Forks Area of the A.T. From the falls, we will continue up the AT to an old cemetery (Hickory Flats) and hike until we hit approx. 3 miles, making a round trip of 6 miles. This is a gorgeous drive and hike deep in the forest of Fannin County.

Meet: Food Lion in Blue Ridge 

Leader: Pam Sullivan    pams11@tds.net

Jul 2

8AM

E42##

Kimsey Creek Trail from Back Country Information Center in Standing Indian area to Deep Gap then climb Standing Indian Mountain, then return on the Lower Ridge Trail.  A hike of appr. 11 miles

Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville   

Leader: Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Jul 4

Holiday – No Hike

Jul 9

9AM

B1

Benton Falls, Red Leaf, Arbutus, Azalea, Clear Creek Trails in the Chilhowee Recreation Area in east Tennessee.  4.8 mile easy trail .  Fee area or bring pass.   

Meet: Piggly Wiggly Parking lot in Ducktown, TN

Leader: Pam Sullivan    pams11@tds.net

Jul 9

9AM

C32##

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.    Shuttle required. 

Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville

Leader: Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Jul 11

9AM

B1-2

Leisure Hike - NEW: Fish Gap West ca. 2.5 Miles and Return on New, Leveled Trail - Yes, it's part of the Duncan Ridge Trail, but not that old trail up-and-down over every mountaintop as originally laid out in the 1970s by a very inept route designer! This newly finished trail if beautiful and easy and it glides fairly evenly around the upper sides of three mountains. And it is great trail, machine-dug, two-to-three feet wide, very shady - a great and easy summer walk. We hike out about 2.5 miles and return to Fish Gap for total trekking of about five miles.

Meet at Park & Ridge in Blairsville (9:00) or Mulky Gap (9:20) - notify leader in advance if choosing the latter, please.

Leader: George Owen   706-374-4716

Jul 11

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Jul 16

9AM

B2

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.  
Meet: Ellijay Park & Ride

Leader: Mike Pilvinsky 706-889-5254

Jul 16

8AM

D3

Bartram Trail Northward from Warwoman Dell (3 miles east of Clayton) to Pinnacle Peak and Return    8.5 miles

Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church rear lot east of Hiawassee

Leader: Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Jul 18

9AM

B1

Leisure Hike - SUMMER COOLER - Central Loop and Upper Ridge Loop at Jackrabbit Bike/Hiking Trails - Yes, cool and easy on two interlocking loops at Jackrabbit Campground Area on Lake Chatuge in NC. This is a very pleasant 4.6-mile walk.

Meet at Bike/Hiking Trails parking on left as you first enter Jackrabbit Forest Service preserve off NC 175.

Leader: Laurie Columbo 530-295-7639

Jul 18

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Jul 23

9AM

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.
Meet at Piggly Wiggly Parking lot in Ducktown, TN

Leader:   Pam Sullivan    pams11@tds.net

Jul 23

9AM

D3

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.

Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville

Leader:  Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Jul 25

9AM

B3-4

Leisure Hike - Woody Gap to Gooch Gap - This Appalachian Trail hike was canceled in spring, so now here it is again. Yes, there are two short climbs up little peaks mid-way, each with a lovely rock vista, but otherwise it's moderately easy. Distance is a little over three miles with a moderate shuttle.

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.

Leader:  NEEDS HIKE LEADER

Jul 25

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Jul 30

9AM

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 on each side. Cascading rapids, falls, and beautiful rock formations on one side. Afterwards, we will explore the ghost town of McFarland on the way out    

Meeting place: Piggly Wiggly Parking lot in Ducktown, TN

Hike leader: Pam Sullivan pams11@tds.net

Jul 30

9AM

E32##

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. 

Meet: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville

Leader:  Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Aug 1

9AM

B1

TN BMT, FS. Rd. 221 to Thunder Rock Campground - Yep, short, easy, mostly downhill (one little uphill), shady, and always popular. Trek 3.1 miles downhill on the Benton MacKaye Trail to the Toccoa River.

Meet at Piggly Wiggly parking in Ducktown, TN.

Leader:  Laurie Columbo 530-295-7639

Aug 1

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Aug 6

9AM

C2##

Lake Winfield Scott-Jarrard Gap- Slaughter Gap loop. This is a pleasant 6 mile hike with moderate ascents and descents. ($5.00 or Golden Age Pass at Lake Winfield Scott).  

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.

Leader:  Candy Retter  706-897-9538

Aug 6

8AM

E4

Wesser Creek Trail to AT to NOC, 10 miles.  Short shuttle required
Meeting at Andrew's rest area at 8:00 AM
Message hike leader to inform if you are planning to do this hike  706-970-9822

Leader:  Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Aug 8

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - PARTLY NEW - Wayah Bald on AT to First FS Rd. 69 Crossing & Morgan Falls - This is a two-part hike (separate locations), with the first part new for leisure hikes. Drive to Wayah Bald parking, trek to the observation tower for the grand view, then hike south to the first Forest Service road crossing south of Wine Spring Bald. Then travel a short distance to the parking lot for the Rufus Morgan Falls - loop in-and-out there. Total distance is 4.6. Short shuttle involved.

Meet at 9:00 at Ingles parking, Hayesville, or at 9:40 at Wayah Gap where FS gravel road leaves the gap.

(Suggest leader contact Geo. Owen about shuttle details on road to/at Wayah.)

Leader:   Jerry Mason

Aug 8

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Aug 13

9AM

B3

Kimsey Creek Trail in Standing Indian area. Hike beside a beautiful stream for about 5 miles in and out.

Meet: Ingles Parking Lot in Hayesville.

Leader:  Marjorie Hornsby   828-415-1530

Aug 13

9AM

D32##

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!!

Meet: Home Depot on 515 in Blue Ridge

Leader:   NEEDS HIKE LEADER

Aug 15

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - PARTLY NEW - Unicoi Lodge to Helen's Hofer German Restaurant for Lunch, on to Hardeman Farm on New Trail - Overall this almost 5-mile hike is downhill with one modest uphill before Helen. After early lunch walk the wonderful riverside paved Helen-Hardeman Farm Trail. Drivers should have state park pass or pay $5 fee.

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.

Leader: Jo Hubbard 727-743-3372

Aug 15

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Aug 20

9AM

B32##vv

Go up from Hwy 180 to Brasstown Bald parking lot with option to go to top if it’s a clear day then back down to Jacks Gap. 360 views at the top.

Meet: Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy 180.

Leader: Kim Blankenship  770-880-8358

Aug 20

8AM

E42##

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

Aug 22

9AM

B1-2

Leisure Hike - TN Benton MacKaye Trail, Unicoi Gap to Hwy. 68 & Maybe Buck Bald - This is a moderately easy hike of 4.7 miles, with the only significant little uphill at the first 350 yards - the rest is rather flat to undulating, with much of the final mile downhill. There will be a shuttle of some miles, but may include a side trip to Buck Bald for those desiring a drive to a terrific three-state view.

Meet at old Piggly Wiggly parking lot in Ducktown, TN

Leader: Anne Anderson 423-284-7032

Aug 22

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Aug 27

9AM

B3vv

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               

Meet at Park and Ride in Blairsville.

Leader:  NEEDS HIKE LEADER

Aug 27

9AM

D3

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.    

Meet: Food Lion parking lot in Blue Ridge

Leader: Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Aug 29

9AM

B1-2

Leisure Hike - SUMMER COOLER - TWO TRAILS OF LAKE NOTTELY IN GA - First is the 2.5-mile fairly new Lake Nottely Loop Trail near the intersection of GA 325 and Loving Rd. Then we conclude by driving across Nottely Dam to a short 0.6 mi. uphill trail and walking the road back down...with maybe a bit of a walk along the Nottely River near our vehicles.

Meet at southern-most (main) parking lot of new Lake Nottely Trail just north of Loving Rd. intersection off GA 325.

Leader: Kim Blankenship  770-880-8358

Aug 29

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Sep 3

9AM

B32##vv

Raven Cliffs Trail.  A scenic 5 mile round trip hike along a cascading mountain stream to towering cliffs with two waterfalls. 

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.

Leader:  Sue Astley   404-702-0273

Sep 3

8AM

E42##vv

Arkaquah to Brasstown Bald – Wagon Train out. Rocky footing.  12 miles - Shuttle.

Meet: Arkaquah trailhead

Leader: Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Sep 5

9AM

B3

Leisure Hike - AT, Rocky Mtn. Trail, Andrews Cove Trail - This lovely trek starts out with 0.9-mi. steady uphill on the Appalachian Trail. But the remainder, using the Rocky Mountain and Andrews Cove trails, is mostly a mixture of flat and downhill hiking. Total walking is 4.6 miles.

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180. or at Unicoi Gap on GA 75 at 9:20

Leader: Evelin Yarns 828-837-7237

Sep 5

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Sep 10

9AM

C3

Trails of Tallulah Gorge State Park.  This includes a visit to the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretative Center.  Excellent exhibits and a 20 min. historical 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 and hike the High Bluff Loop.  Moderate hike with easy footing and no climbs, except the steps.  Possibility of doing some of the Stoneplace Trail. 6 to 8 miles depending on what the leader or group decides.  
Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.

Leader: Marjorie Hornsby  828-415-1530

Sep 10

8AM

E32##

Woody Gap to Slaughter Gap on the AT, then down the Slaughter Creek Trail to Lake Winfield Scott.  10.6 miles.                

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot.

Leader: Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Sep 12

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Several Interlocking Trails of the Tanasi Trail System - This hike of about 5 miles (maybe slightly over) is fairly easy overall, with much of the latter part mildly downhill, all from FS Rd. 221 to the Whitewater Center of the Ocoee River in TN. Trails to be walked: Benton MacKaye briefly, then Quartz and Quartz Loop, followed by the 1330 Bypass, portion of Chesntnut Mtn. Loop, and eastern part of the Bear Paw Loop to the Whitewater Center. Moderate shuttle involved; federal senior or other pass or modest fee at Whitewater Center parking.

Meet at Piggly Wiggly parking lot in Ducktown, TN

Leader:  NEEDS HIKE LEADER

Sep 12

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Sep 17

9AM

C3

Bear Paw and Chestnut Mountain Loop Trails  by he Ocoee Whitewater Center  about 8 miles. Moderate Hike

Meet: Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown     

Leader:  Doug & Evelin Yarns 828-837-7237

Sep 17

8AM

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.                      

Meet: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville

Leader: Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Sep 19

9AM

B22##

Leisure Hike - Last Summer Trek - Betty Creek Gap Trail, AT South to Overlook and Return - This is a popular hike of 4.4 miles in and out to a terrific vista in 2.2 miles from the trailhead - and hopefully today with a good hint of early fall in the air. This vista at 2.2 mi. in looks out from atop Little Ridgepole to Pickens Nose, Little Tennessee Valley, and Whiteside and Rabun Bald mountains. The first mile has several hundred feet of modest uphill, but the rest is quite easy along a ridge or downhill in return. Most of the trek is along the Appalachian Trail in and out.

Meet at Ingles, Hayesville, NC

Leader: Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Sep 19

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Sep 24

9AM

B4

Hike in Eagles 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 at Ellijay park and ride.

Leader:  Steve Dennison  706-299-6825

Sep 24

9AM

D42##

Standing Indian Area.  Beech Gap Trail to the AT - south on the AT to Standing Indian Mountain and then down the Lower Ridge Trail to the campground. Approx 10 miles - modest to strenuous hike. 

Meeting: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville

Leader: Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Sep 26

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - FIRST FALL HIKE - Springer Mtn. Loop - It's finally autumn, hopefully cooler, and the trek features two great rock vistas along the way, one each on the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail. We first summit Springer Mountain for the wonderful AT southern terminus vista. Then we backtrack 0.2 mile to the BMT southern terminus, and follow that trail much of the next 3.2 miles past the Benton MacKaye monument and an equally wonderful vista, until we intersect the AT again to return to the AT parking lot - total hiking distance of 4.7 miles. Your leader has made arrangement for one of the old timers who has maintained both trails in the area in the distant past to be along with us to share his tales of that (some perhaps with a bit of malarkey!).

Meet at Blairsville park & ride lot at 9:00 or Springer Mtn. AT parking lot at 9:40.

Leader: George Owen 706-374-4716

Sep 26

8AM

NC / GA Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                              

Contact: Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

 


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