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

Winter 2017

Jan. 3

9 AM

C2

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 (or leader's choice).  Great views of Lake Chatuge in winter.  
Meet: Jack Rabbit hike/bike trailhead. Hwy 75 N of Hiawassee
       Gail Janney 419-708-8709 C

Jan. 3

9 AM

D4

Smith Creek Trail from Unicoi State Park to Ana Ruby Falls and return.  A moderate/strenuous 9 mile hike with lunch at the falls. MHH maintained trail.

Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot Hiawassee          Ginny Smith 706-258-8716 C

Jan. 5

9 AM

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

Jan. 5

9 AM
B3

Leisure Hike - Five-Mile Round-Trip on AT South of Winding Stair Gap - Yes, no shuttle, and we have a gradual ascent over a 550-foot elevation gain in the first mile to 4,400 feet with winter views as we hike along the ridge. We drop just slightly to a trail "platform" created by a roadbed with wooden steps, turn around, and hike back out the same way. (Should high altitude weather interfere, we will do a trail or two at Jackrabbit.)

Meet: Hayesville Ingle                                                                 Virginia Lane 706-745-8058

Jan. 10

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 on each side. Cascading rapids, falls, and beautiful rock formations on one side. Giant icicles in winter make this a gorgeous winter hike.              
Meet: Piggly Wiggly Parking lot in Ducktown, TN                             
Ken Cissna 813-310-6084

Jan. 10

9 AM

C4

Byron H. Reece Parking area to Woods Hole Shelter on the AT.  Return on the Freeman Trail.   (7.5 miles) 1,400 ft.climb.  Rough, rocky footing in designated wilderness area.
Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180              
Ginny Smith 706-258-8716 C

Jan. 12

9 AM

B1 ##

Leisure Hike - New - Four Trails of Towns County - This day we will do four hikes in three locations just minutes from each other - short shuttles - and total trek mileage of just over four miles, each trail being a mile or slightly over in distance - all loops. It includes: (1 & 2) two trails at Lake Chatuge (one paved), 3) the lower loop in the flats below the lodge at Brasstown Valley Resort, and 4) the walkway around the fields at Young Harris College.

Meet: Blairsville park & ride at 9:00 or Lake Chatuge trailhead at 9:15.     George Owen 706-374-4716

Jan. 12

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                       

Meet: Blairsville Park and Ride               Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Jan.17

9 AM

B1

Pinnacle Knob from Courthouse Gap and return for a 4.4 mile hike. Lunch afterwards in Clayton.
Meet:
Blairsville park & ride at 9:00, or 9:25 Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee or 10 am Ingle’s in Clayton                                                            Ray Lovett 770-519-0210

Jan.17

9 AM

C3

Testnatee Gap to Levelland Mt. on the AT and return. This 7.6 mile hike has spectacular view from Cowrock, Wolf Laurel Top and Levelland Mts.

Meeting: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180                Jon Dulude 706-219-2662

Jan. 18-21

SEFTC's fabulous Pigeon Forge/Smokies Winter Hike Event, Jan. 18-22 - many MHH hikers attending this.

For more information: http://southeasternfoottrails.org/

Jan. 19

9AM

B2

Leisure Hike - AT & BMT Middle Loop and on to Big Stamp Gap - We begin at the Springer Mountain Appalachian Trail parking lot and hike the AT for 0.9 mi. to the ridge of Rich Mountain, where we intersect the Benton MacKaye Trail and take that 2.2 miles to Big Stamp Gap. Total hiking miles is 3.1, with a modest car shuttle.
Meet: Blairsville park and ride                                                      
Needs Hike Leader

Jan. 19

No Maintenance trip this week. See you in Pigeon Forge.                      

Jan.24

9 AM

B3

Stanley Gap Trail – 4.9 Miles,  Start at Aska Adventure area, up over Rocky Mountain on the BMT, then on to Fall Branch Falls1400' elevation gain. Shuttle.

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

Jan.24

9 AM

D4

Dicks Creek Gap south on the AT to Kelly Knob and return by way of Deep Gap Shelter for 9 miles. 
Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church Hiawassee.    
Steve Dennison 706-253-3938 sjd50@etcmail.com

Jan. 26

9 AM

B3

Leisure Hike - Five-Mile Round-Trip on AT South of Winding Stair Gap - Yes, no shuttle, and we have a gradual ascent over a 550-foot elevation gain in the first mile to 4,400 feet with winter views as we hike along the ridge. We drop just slightly to a trail "platform" created by a roadbed with wooden steps, turn around, and hike back out the same way. (Should high altitude weather interfere, we will do a trail or two at Jackrabbit.)

Meet: Hayesville Ingles                                                                  Evelin & Doug Yarns    828-837-723 

Jan. 26

9 AM

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

Jan. 31

9 AM

C3 BB

Miller Trek This 6.5 mile loop is moderately difficult with an elevation change of 1,400 feet and some rough, rocky footing. Some nice winter views of Lake Chatuge. Trail maintained by MHH.              
Meet: Trailhead parking at Brasstown Valley resort.                            
Candy Retter 706-897-5938

Jan. 31

9 AM

D3

Hike Inn Trail. 4.9 miles from Amicalola Falls State Park to Len Foote Hike Inn, 4.9 miles return. 9.8 mi total. Several moderate climbs.                                                                                        
Meet: Blue Ridge Food Lion.                                                    
Ginny Smith 706-258-8716 C

Feb. 2

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Boyd Gap to Ocoee Whitewater Center - This pleasant all-downhill 3.6-mile trek begins with the wonderful vista of Tennessee's 4,224-ft. Big Frog Mountain, and then includes hiking westward to the Ocoee Whitewater Center on the Boyd Gap and Old Copper Road Trails. Very short shuttle involved.

Meet: Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown                                                      Ginny Smith 706-258-8716 C

Feb. 2

9 AM

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

Feb. 7

9 AM

B3

Standing Indian Area. Rock Gap to Glassmine Gap on the AT for 5 miles. Beautiful views, rhododendron canopy, old shelter.                                                                          
Meet:
Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                    Ginny Smith 706-258-8716 C

Feb. 7

9 AM

D3

 

Bartram Trail from Warwoman Dell to Pinnacle Knob and return for an 8.2 mile hike. The climb to the top from the Bartram trail has a new trail section. This makes the trail a little longer but dramatically better.
Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee           
Needs Hike Leader

Feb. 9

9 AM

B2

Leisure Hike - Raven Cliff Falls - Always popular, this trek off the Richard Russell Scenic Hwy. is 5.0 miles round-trip. The last couple hundred yards up to the falls hidden in the cliffs is the only fairly hard climb, and is a great place for lunch or snacks.

Meet:  Blairsville Park & Ride                                                                 Candy Retter 706-897-9538

Feb. 9

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                       

Meet: Blairsville Park and Ride                                             Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Feb.14

9 AM

B3 

Fires Creek.  From recreation area pass by Leatherwood Falls, then take Rim Access Trail for another 2 miles of steady ascent. Return down access trail and complete Leatherwood Falls loop for 5 miles. Steep uphill section. Trail maintained by MHH.                      
Meet: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                  
Michael O’Brian 706-745-6260

Feb.14

9 AM

C3

Bear Paw and Chestnut Mountain loop trails & 1330 connector opposite the Whitewater Center in the Ocoee Gorge, TN. A moderate 8.7 mile hike. Good winter views of gorge.
Meet: Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown,Tn.                                     Ginny Smith 706-258-8716 C

Feb. 16

9 AM

A1

Leisure Hike - Other Non-Bicycle Trails at Jackrabbit - Most people now know only the 13-mile bicycle trails at the entrance to Jackrabbit Campground in NC north of Hiawassee, GA.  Today hike the lesser-known much older loop trail over the little mountain at Jackrabbit, and your leader will throw in a mostly abandoned side loop also - all total, just under three miles. Trail maintained by MHH.

Meet: Trailhead Hwy 75 to Jackrabbit recreation area, drive to the end of Jackrabbit Recreation area road: the trailhead parking is next to the boat ramp                                     George Owen 706-374-4716

Feb. 16

9 AM

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

Feb.  21

10 AM

B2

Cohutta’s: New Hike for MHH: Pinhotti Trail. Start at Cohutta Overlook along Hwy. 52 east of Ellijay and down to Mulberry Gap. Mostly downhill 4.2 miles. 5 mile easy shuttle.                                                 
Meet: Ellijay Food Lion.                                                           Carolyn & Tom Sewell 706-669-6406  

Feb.21

9 AM

D3

Classic Hike:  Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald and return.  Approx. 8 miles.  Winter views outstanding.                                                                                                                                       
Meet: Ingles Parking lot in Hayesville             
Steve Dennison 706-253-3938 sjd50@etcmail.com

Feb. 23

10 AM

B2

Leisure Hike – Amadahy Trail at Carters Lake.  Beautiful lakeside 5 mile loop with a rest/snack stop on a beautiful peninsula at the half way point. Lunch at Poole's BBQ in Ellijay after the hike.

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

Feb. 23
9 AM

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

Feb. 28

9 AM

B3

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.    
Meet: Park & Ride in Blairsville                                               
Judie Kean 706-745-4998

Feb. 28

9 AM

D3

 

Cohutta’s: Hemp Top: this 8 mile hike will start at Dally Gap, join the BMT at Spanish Oaks, and pass Penitentiary trail intersection on to Hemp top where we will return via same trail. May see ruins of old fire tower atop Hemp top Mt. We will start hiking from Dally Gap. Trailhead distance from meeting point 15 miles paved plus 4 miles dirt                                            
Meet: Home Depot in Blue Ridge.                              Carolyn & Tom Sewell 706-669-6406

Mar. 2

9 AM

A2

Leisure Hike - Hogpen Gap to Whitley Gap to Tesnatee Gap - We begin this 3.3 mile trek with a short 150-foot climb up Wildcat Mountain, then travel out the Wildcat ridge with several overlooks from which you can even see Stone Mtn. and downtown Atlanta when clear, and drop down into Whitley Gap with its shelter and excellent box spring. After we climb back to the ridge, we continue back to the main AT for a final rock vista into the 1,200-foot-deep Town Creek Gorge, then descend a bit under 500 feet to Tesnatee Gap. Very short shuttle.

Meet: Blairsville Park and Ride.                                                  Virginia Lane 706-745-8058

Mar. 2

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                       

Meet: Blairsville Park and Ride                                        Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Mar. 7

9 AM

B3

Flat Creek Loop in Fannin County.  This 5.8 mile loop hike begins at Deep Gap on Aska Road and is rated average difficulty.                                                                                                              
Meet: Food Lion Blue Ridge                          Howard Baggett
howardeb@windstream.net

Mar. 7

9 AM

D3

Woody Gap to Lake Winfield Scott via the AT. Woody Gap to Slaughter Gap, down the Slaughter Creek Trail to Lake Winfield Scott for 10 miles. Shuttle required. Designated wilderness area.
Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.             Candy Retter 706-897-9538

Mar. 9

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Jackrabbit Mountain Bike/Hiking Trails - This hike features the following trails: central loop, high point, and part of Yotee's Run - a bit over five miles. High Point has a sweeping eastward 180-degree vista at the top of a little climb. Loop, no shuttle.

Meet: Jackrabbit Mountain Bike/Hiking Trailhead n. of Hiawassee Hwy 75 Bob & Sue Astley 404-702-0273    

Mar. 9

9 AM

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

Mar 10

6 PM

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

Mar. 14

9 AM

B4

Blood Mountain via the Byron Herbert Reece Trail and AT. A 5 mile round trip hike with 1,400 ft. of elevation change. Splendid views from the top.                                           
Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180          Cathie Stallings 706-835-1639

Mar. 14

9 AM

E4

Deep Gap to Fall Branch Falls on the Stanley Gap and Benton MacKaye Trails in Fannin County. 10.4 mile in and out hike, 1,200 foot elevation change in both directions.
Meet: Food Lion in Blue Ridge          
Steve Dennison 706-253-3938 sjd50@etcmail.com

Mar. 16

9 AM

B1

Select Trails at Amicalola Falls State Park - Most of us MHH hikers think either "Appalachian Trail Approach Trail" or "Hike Inn Trail" when thinking "Amicalola," but the state park itself offers other trail delights within the park boundary. Our morning walks today include: Visitor's Center to the falls bottom pool and back, and the trails of the west ridge including the paved West Ridge Falls Access Trail (wheelchair accessible to the main falls), and then a descent via the Spring Trail, Mountain Laurel Loop Trail (part), and Creek Trail. Then it's time for lunch together at the lodge dining room. After lunch we will trek out to the first overlook on the Hike Inn Trail and back (1.8 miles round-trip). Short shuttle. State Park fee for parking.

Meet: Blue Ridge Home Depot lot nearest Dairy Queen.                George Owen  706-374-4716

Mar. 16

9 AM

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

Mar. 21

9 AM

B4

Yonah Mountain near Cleveland, GA. A 5 mile moderately strenuous round trip with 1,700 feet elevation gain. Trail is a combination of moderate and some steep and rocky sections. Stunning views! Plan to go to Yonah Mountain Winery afterwards.
Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.               Ken Cissna 813-310-6084

Mar.  21

9 AM

C3

Fires Creek.  From recreation area pass by Leatherwood Falls, then take FS 6176 up at a slow climb for 5 miles with nice viewsof steady ascent. Then Return down Fires Creek Rim trail and complete Leatherwood Falls loop for 7.5 miles.  Trail maintained by MHH.                      
Meet: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                    Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Mar. 23

9 AM

B1

Select Hike/Bike Trails of the Tanasi Trail System Near Ocoee Whitewater Center - Beginning atop the southeastern TN ridge trailhead on Forest Service Rd. 221, this hike on a multi-mile trek mostly downhill utilizes portions of these trails: Quartz Loop, Chestnut Mountain Loop, and the Bear Paw Loop - ending at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Depending on the leader's choice of part-loop options, this hike could vary from ca. 4.5 mi. to almost 6.0 mi. Fee area with appropriate federal card reductions at the Whitewater parking.

Meet: Piggly Wiggly parking in Ducktown.                    Hank Baudet 706-946-4318

Mar. 23
9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                       

Meet: Blairsville Park and Ride                 Bronco Burnsworth 315-591-3167

Mar.  28

9 AM

C3

Winding Stair Gap to Rock Gap and back.  A 7.4 mile  moderate hike on the AT    

Meet: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                            Ken & Phyllis Jones 828-646-8925

Mar.  28

9 AM

D4

Lake Winfield Scott over Blood Mountain to Wolfpen Gap via the Jarrard Gap, Freeman Loop, AT and Duncan Ridge Trails.  8.5 miles, 1500’ elevation gain, some rocky footing.  This hike has it all but the view is worth it!  Short shuttle.    
Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180             
Candy Retter 706-897-9538

Mar. 30

10 AM

B1

Cartecay Trac: River Loop. 3.75 miles, options for additional loops. Views of Cartecay River. Easy to moderate hiking.

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

Mar. 30
9 AM

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

In order to accommodate different hiking levels, we might do “timed-in-and-out” hikes.
Revised
12/17/16