Winter 2011

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MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Winter 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)

Jan 04

(C4)

09:00

Dicks Creek Gap south on the AT to Deep Gap Shelter and return for 7.6 miles. ( ≈ 3:30 hrs )

Elevation gain 1,200 feet. Nice scenic viewpoint.  

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                              Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

Jan 04

(D2 )

09:00

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Smith Creek Trail from Unicoi State Park to Anna Ruby Falls and return A moderate 9mile hike with lunch at the falls. State Park Pass or $5.00 Park Fee required.

Unicoi Gap south of Hiawassee.                                                          Phyllis Loman 706-896-5540

Jan 6th

09:00

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

Jan 11

C3 #  

9:00

Hogpen Gap to Wolf Laurel Top , back to Tesnatee Gap. With a side trip to a beautiful overlook toward Whitley Gap Shelter ( 6.6 miles, ≈ 3:30 hrs). 

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy. 180          

A combined hike due to WWW                                                       Jon Dulude  706-219-2666 

Jan 18

(C1)

09:00

Jack Rabbit hike/bike trail 7.6 miles.  Hike four loops of the Jack Rabbit Hike/ bike trail--3.1 miles on the white blazed loop, 2 miles on the blue blazed loop, 1 mile on the orange blazed trail, 1.5 miles on yellow blazed loop.  Great views of Lake Chatuge and variety of hard woods.

Jack Rabbit hike/bike trailhead                                              Roland & Barbara Hardee 828-389-2359

Jan 18

(D2 #)

09:00

Mooney Gap to Timber Ridge Tr. In Standing Indian Area. 8.7 miles total. At Mooney Gap go southbound on the AT for 5 miles, then down 2.5 miles on Timber Ridge Tr., and finish up with 1.2 miles to Big Laurel Falls. Shuttle required.

Meet at Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                    Ginny Smith 706-258-8716

Jan 20th

09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

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

Jan 25

(B2) #

09:00

Neels Gap to Levelland Mountain on the AT.  A 3 mile (≈3:15 hrs) moderate round trip hike with a nice view from the top of Levelland Mountain

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.  .                                      Jack Butler 706-745-8656

Jan 25

(D3)

9:00

AT Approach trail. If you haven’t been to the Southern Terminus of the AT its about time. Travel the path that Thru hikers start on before heading north on the AT. Hike 9 + miles  south from FS Rd 42  down to Amicalola Falls Park.                                                                                  

Blairsville Park n Ride                                                                                Bob Stone    706-745-5943

Jan 27th

09:00

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

Feb 01

(A3) vv #

09:00

Jacks Gap to Brasstown Bald on the Jacks Knob Trail.  This 2.4 mile hike

has several moderate to strenuous grades. 1,400 ft. climb.

Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy 180.                                       Jacob Dorn 828-835-7815

Feb 1st

(E3)

09:00

Unicoi Gap to Tray Mt. on the AT 10.4 mile strenuous in and out hike, elevation gain 2400 ft. going and 900 ft. returning but worth the effort. Great views from Tray Mt. Paced hike 2 +mph.                    

Unicoi Gap on Hwy 75 south of Hiawassee, or 8:30 at Blairsville park and ride  
                                                                                  
Jon Dulude  706-219-2662

Feb 3rd

09:00

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

Feb 08

(C3) vv

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. (3 hrs)

Trailhead parking lot on service road at the resort.                                         Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

Feb 08

(E4) vv

09:00

Chunky Gal from Glade Gap to Perry Gap and return 11 mile in and out  Hike 1300 ft elev. Gain. Side trip to the new look out of Shooting Creek Bald ( Boteler Peak ) that MHH opened up (.6 mile) Paced hike at 2+ mph timed at 2.75 hrs.We will have lunch and turnaround at this time whether we have reached Perry  Gap or not.
Meet at Ingles parking lot in Hayesville             **** PHOTO'S****           
Phyllis Loman 706-896-5540

Feb 15

(A1)

09:00

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

Beautiful view.Round trip distance about 3 miles.

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville. 2.3 miles to trail head                  Linda & Bob Kaempfer 828-644-5836

Feb 15

(C4)

09:00

Coosa Backcountry Trail from Wolfpen Gap to Wolf Creek Road. Strenuous hike with

2,100 ft. el.gain and 2,500 ft. el. loss.  7.2 miles  ( ≈ 3:30 hrs. ).  Short shuttle.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                                     Doug Haas 770-410-1738

Feb 17th

09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

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

 Feb 22

 (B2)

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. 

Park and Ride in Blairsville                                                                    Janet Faist 706-781-2634  

Feb 22

(D3)

09:00

Dicks Creek Gap south on AT to Addis Gap and return by way of FS road to Deep Gap Shelter  for 11 mile hike

Meet at Macedonia Bap. Church parking lot east of Hiawassee               Frances Maney  706-896-9016

Feb 24th

09:00

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

 Mar 01

(A2) vv

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 )

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                      Renate Diebold 706-896-1873

March 01

(C2)

09:00

A Tenn. hike along the John Muir Tr. New for the club. 6 to 8 mile hike along the Hiawassee River off of Hwy 68. Great Views of the Hiawassee River basin.  

                                                                                                                             

Meet at Piggly Wiggly grocery in Ducktown, TN.                                       Jack Dugger  706-781-3377

Mar 3rd

09:00

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

Mar 08

(C2)

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. 

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

March 08

(E3)

9:00

Duncan Ridge Tr. from Wolfpen Gap over Coosa Bald and west to Buckeye Gap. 10.4 miles R/T with 1000 ft elev. Gain both ways Some nice views. Paced hike at 2+ mph

Meet at Choestoe Bap. Church on Hwy 180                                               Doug Haas 770-410-1738

Mar 10th

09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

Bread of Life Restaurant in Young Harris.        **** PHOTO'S****           Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Mar 15

(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

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.                                       Sue Sorice 706-745-1225

March 15

 (E4 )

Time change

08:00

Bartram Trail from Courthouse Gap to Beegum Gap. 12.5 miles with 2,100 ft elevation gain, end up on top of Rabun Bald, GA’s 2nd highest peak. Paced at 2+ mph.  Shuttle.

Meet at Macedonia Bap. Church parking lot east of Hiawassee               John Ray  864-868-2749

Mar 22

(B2 )

09:00

Dicks Creek Gap north to Cowart Gap on the AT.  This is a 3.6 mile ( ≈2:30 hrs) round trip hike with some moderate ascending and descending in both directions. 

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                         Wes Clonts 706-769-3234

Mar.  22

(C4**#)

9:00

Arkaquah Trail from Trackrock Gap to Brasstown Bald parking lot, then down to Jacks Gap for a total of 7.8 miles of strenuous hiking. Trail ascends 2100 ft. and descends 1400. Spectacular views .

Meet at Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy 180                  George Radcliffe  706-745-8355

Mar 24th

09:00

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

Mar 24th

06:00pm

Covered Dish Supper and Business Meeting /Sharp Memorial Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Bring a covered dish for 8.
                                             
For info call:  Candy Retter 706-835-1344  or candy.retter@gmail.com

Mar 29

(B4)

09:00

Wayah Gap to Siler Bald on the AT. The trail climbs 1,000 feet in l.9 miles, but the view from top is well worth the effort. A 3.8 mile round trip hike. (≈ 3:00 hrs )                                                  
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville                                                          
    Pam Sullivan  706-374-5281

March 29

(E3)

Time change

08:00

Wayah Bald to Franklin, NC on the Bartram Trail10.8 miles,   Start high on 5342’ Wayah Bald’s old observation tower with commanding view from the Smokies to Albert Mountain.  Overall the hike is downhill, but some up-and-down in between will give you a workout.  Conclude just past a lovely waterfall at the trailhead on Franklin’s outskirts. 3100 ft elevation loss. Shuttle
Meet at Ingles in Hayesville                                                              Richard Sullivan   706-374-5281

   
        In order to accommodate different hiking levels, we might do “timed-in-and-out” hikes.
Revised 2/15/
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