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 2019

Jan 1

10 AM
C
2

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). 

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180

Leader: Kim Blankenship  770-880-8358

Jan 1

9 AM

C3

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.

Meet: Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown TN

Leader: Ginny Smith 706-258-8716

Jan 3

9 AM
B2

Leisure Hike - Three Forks to Hickory Flats Cemetery & Return - This 3.6-miler on the Appalachian Trail has some uphill going in, we'll take it graciously, then its almost all downhill returning. Enjoy beautiful Long Creek Falls and the "whirlagig" ride at Hickory Flats Cemetery.

Meet at Park and Ride, Blairsville

Leader: Howard Baggett      howardeb@windstream.net

Jan 3

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                 

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

Jan 8
10 AM

B3

 Boyd Gap to Thunder Rock Campground - We begin this extreme southeastern corner of TN journey at Boyd Gap parking with its awesome vista of 4,224 Big Frog Mountain, highest point on the Benton MacKaye Trail in GA and TN until Whigg Meadow near the Cherohala Scenic Highway just before the BMT leaves TN. After drinking in the view of Big Frog and surrounding ridges, our journey is almost all modestly downhill until the trip's conclusion at Thunder Rock. Trails used will be the Boyd Gap, Old Copper Road, and Rhododendron and will include passing the U.S. Forest Service's Ocoee Whitewater Center that celebrates being the location of the 1996 Olympic whitewater events. Total mileage: Just one side or the other of 5 miles, but a most pleasant downhill overall.

Meeting: Old Piggly Wiggly parking lot, Ducktown 

Hike leader: Pam Sullivan pams11@tds.net

Jan 8

9 AM
C4

Duncan Ridge Trail from Mulky Gap to Fish Gap for ≈6 miles round trip. This section has some moderate to strenuous ascents and descents.

Meet: Park & Ride in Blairsville.  

Leader: Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Jan 10

10 AM
B1

 Leisure Hike - Turtletown Creek Falls , near Farner,Tn.

A moderate 4 mile round trip hike to 2 waterfalls. With all the rain we’ve had it should be worth the 23 mile to the trailhead. Hiking sticks are recommended.

Meet at Piggly Wiggly in Ducktown,Tn.

Leader:  Ginny Smith 706-258-8716 Call with any questions or text. Please do not leave voice messages because I sometimes I don’t receive them until the next day.

Jan 10

9 AM

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

Jan 15

9 AM
B4

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.

Meet: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.

Leader: Clyde Burnsworth  706-745-9610

Jan 15

9 AM

D4

Hogpen Gap on Richard Russell Hwy to Low Gap Shelter and return. A round trip of 8.4  mi on the AT. Nice winter views.

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180

Leader: Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Jan 17

9 AM

B3

Leisure Hike - Winding Stair Gap to Log Steps at Old Logging Rd. - Begin with a modest-grade 550-ft. uphill then run along the ridge at 4,400 ft. on the A.T.  to the log steps at an old logging road crossing, then return - distance is exactly 5 miles round-trip. Meet at Ingles parking lot, Hayesville

Leader: Virginia Lane 706-897-1785

Jan 17

9 AM

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

Jan 22

9 AM
C3

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: Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Jan 22

9 AM
D4

Dicks Creek Gap south on the AT to Kelly Knob and return. 9 miles. Climb Powell Mtn and Kelly Knob.     
Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church east of Hiawassee

Leader: Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Jan 24

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - FS Rd. 221 on BMT to Thunder Rock Campground Parking - This hike on the Benton MacKaye Trail is virtually all downhill, starting high and dropping down eventually to trek along the Ocoee River, for a 3.2 mi. hike.

Meet at Piggly Wiggly parking, Ducktown TN

Leader: Cathie Stallings  706-897-6924

Jan 24

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                 

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

Jan 29
10 AM
C3

Miller Trek 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. Bring Lunch  
Meet: Trailhead parking lot on service road at the Resort. 

Leader:  Kim Blankenship  770-880-8358

Jan 29

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. Moderate Pace. Need a State Park Pass for parking.

Meet: Meet at Blairsville Park & Ride at 900 AM – Food Lion in Blue Ridge around 930 or the trailhead at Amicalola around 10. 

Leader: Pat Hill 513-405-0211

Jan 31

9 AM
B2 or B3

Leisure Hike - Toccoa River Swinging Bridge and BMT to Hwy. 60 - Yes, you will start low at the awesome 260-ft. Benton MacKaye Trail swinging bridge, then climb the BMT on moderate uphill and pace in a mile to pass around little knolls of Toonowee Mountain. The final mile is downhill - total mileage is 3.5. Your leader will share some history of the bridge and trail in this area. Three-plus-mile Forest Service Rd. shuttle necessary

Meet at Park & Ride, Blairsville                       

Leader: George Owen 706-374-4716

Jan 31

9 AM

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

Feb 5

9 AM

C3

Woody Gap to Gooch Gap on the AT 7.2 miles round trip. A moderate hike with two nice viewpoints.

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.

Leader: Candy Retter   706-897-9538

Feb 5

9 AM
D3

Eagle Mountain, near Hiawassee: 9 mile loop with some steep climbing. Come climb the mountain that along with Bell Mountain dominates the skyline from Hiawassee and Hayesville. Up close views of Bell Mountain; great views of Lake Chatuge.

Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church east of Hiawassee

Leader:  Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Feb 7

9 AM
B1

Leisure Hike - Two Jackrabbit Trails - It's an easy double-loop outing, using the Central Loop Trail and off that the Upper Ridge Trail for a 4.6-mile venture. Much of it is pretty flat, and it's all at Jackrabbit Mountain Bike/Hiking Trails.

Meet at first parking area on left for bike/hiking trails at Jackrabbit Forest Service Campground area off NC 175.

Leader:  Evelin Yarns 828-837-7237

Feb 7

9 AM

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

Feb 12

9 AM
B3

Cohuttas:  Gahutti Trail loop at Fort Mtn. State Park. Start at park entrance Gahutti to Goldmine Trail to Lake Trail to Rock Trail and back on Gahutti Trail, 5.3 mile.  Variety of terrain, minor stream crossings, great views.
Meet: Park & Ride in Ellijay

Leader:  Carolyn & Tom Sewell 706-669-4916

Feb 12

9 AM
D3

Classic Hike:  Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald and return.  Approx. 9 miles.  Winter views outstanding. Wilderness area: group size rules apply. Slower Paced.                                                                                                                                     
Meet: Ingles Parking lot in Hayesville

Leader: Don Muhleman  210-316-6614

Feb 14

9 AM

B1 or B2

Leisure Hike - Lake Nottely Trails - Our day begins with the easy loop trail on the northwest side of the lake near where Loving Rd. splits off GA 325. After that 2-plus-mile trek, we drive across the dam to do a couple little trails there. Total for the morning is something over three miles. Two of the trails have very modest climbs.

Meet at southern parking lot for new loop trail just north of Loving Rd. on GA 325.

Leader: Kim Blankenship  770-880-8358

Feb 14

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                 

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

Feb 19

9 AM
B3

Gooch Gap north to Justus Creek. Break at Gooch Shelter. 6 miles.
Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180.

Leader:  Kim Blankenship  770-880-8358

Feb 19

9 AM

E4

Unicoi Gap to Tray Mountain on the AT with return on the Rocky Mountain Trail.  A 10.4 mile strenuous hike, 2400 ft. elevation gain.  Great view from Tray Mountain.

Meet: Unicoi Gap on Hwy 75 south of Hiawassee

Leader:  Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Feb 21

9 AM
B2

Leisure Hike - Wonderful Trails Near TN Whitewater Center - We start out with our only short, moderate climb across from the Ocoee Whitewater Center using the 1.7 Bearpaw Loop - ascending only about 200 feet, looping around, then descending back down to walk a half-mile down to the Rhododendron Trail. This latter 1.0 mile trail to TVA powerhouse #3, and then to the Thunder Rock Campground, gives us a total of about 3.4 mi. Short shuttle - fee or federal pass at Whitewater Center parking.

Meet at Piggly Wiggly parking, Ducktown, TN.

Leader:  Evelin Yarns 828-837-7237

Feb 21

9 AM

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

Feb 26

9 AM
C3

Fall Branch Falls parking lot on BMT to junction with Stanley Gap trail at Weaver Creek section and return. No shuttle. 6.4 miles.

Meet: Food Lion in Blue Ridge

Leader: Ken Cissna  813-310-6084

Feb 26

9 AM

E4

Long Branch Trail to AT to Albert Mt.  10.5 mi. Up to the AT on Long Branch Trail, from the Backcountry Information Center, hike south on the AT to Albert Mt lookout tower and return
Meet: Ingles parking lot in Hayesville
Leader: Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Feb 28

9 AM
B1

Leisure Hike - Three Towns County, GA Short Loop Trails - 1) Loop the Young Harris atheletic fields. 2) Then drive to nearby Brasstown Valley Lodge parking to traverse the Bottoms Loop. 3) Finally, drive briefly again to Lake Chatuge Forest Service Day Use Area (one mile south of U.S. 76 on GA 288) to hike either the paved or unpaved loop. Total hike mileage - little over three.

Meet at Young Harris College parking lot on U.S. 76 between tennis courts and just east of Blue Ridge Mtn. EMC.

Leader: Laurie Columbo 530-295-7639

Feb 28

9 AM

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

Mar 5

9 AM

C3

Neels Gap to Wolf Laurel Top and back on the AT. A 6.8 mile round trip.  Great views from Wolf Laurel. 
Meet: Byron Reece Parking Area on Hwy. 129

Leader: Candy Retter  706-897-9538       

Mar 5

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

Leader: Marjorie Hornsby     828-415-1530

Mar 7

9 AM

B1

Leisure Hike - Murphy River Walk - PART NEW - Like flat? Then this one is for you. It's about a four-mile walk along Murphy, NC's Hiwassee and Valley rivers. We start at the old L&N Depot near downtown, walk along the main trail to a split where we follow the new trail extension up the Valley River's south shore to Lowe's - this extension is delightful and well-wooded. We return to take the Confluence Loop and a lower trail also with pond cypresses. Total distance is about four miles, easy. We'll consider late lunch near 1 p.m. at a nearby downtown restaurant.

Meet at L & N Depot off Hiwassee St. off U.S. 74/64/129 (most western trailhead parking)

Leader: Sue & Bob Astley 404-403-8425, 404-702-0273

Mar 7

9 AM

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day.                                                                                 

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

Mar 8

6 PM

Covered Dish Lunch/ Business Meeting United Methodist Church in Young Harris.

Bring a covered dish for 8.

For info contact : Tim Holby   holbytim@gmail.com

Mar 12

9 AM
C3

Woody Gap over Big Cedar Mt. to Miller Gap on the AT, then down Dockery Lake Trail for a total of 6.4 miles.  Shuttle required.  Very scenic hike with flame azaleas in spring. 

Meet: Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy 180

Leader: Richard Sullivan   rjsullivan@tds.net

Mar 12

9 AM
C3

Benton MacKaye Trail from Hwy. 60 across Toonowee Mountain to the suspension bridge and return for 7.2 miles round trip.  Elevation change 800 ft. in, 900 ft out.

Meet: Park & Ride in Blairsville.  Hike leader will meet hikers at trailhead 9:15 to 9:30.   
Leader: Steve Dennison 706-299-6825

Mar 14

9 AM

B2 or B3

Leisure Hike - Green Mtn., Connector, Long Branch Loop - From Deep Gap on Aska Rd. south of Blue Ridge, we ascend modestly on the Green Mountain Trail for one mile, then drop a bit, pick up the Long Branch Loop Connector Trail, and finally turn right (counter-clockwise) to do about two-thirds of the Long Branch Loop Trail to shuttled vehicles in that trail's parking area. Total distance is somewhere between three and four miles. Short shuttle.

Meet at Food Lion parking lot in Blue Ridge

Leader: Ken Cissna  813-310-6084

Mar 14

9 AM

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

Mar 19

10 AM

 C2

Wagon Train Trail/Arkaquah Trail combo hike. We will start at Brasstown Bald parking area and hike out and back on the Wagon Train Trail about 2 miles to viewpoint then return to parking area and hike about 1.5 miles out and back on the Arkaquah trail. Total of about 7 miles.

Meet: Brasstown Bald Parking lot. Parking fee required or Golden Age Pass.

 Leader: Kim Blankenship  770-880-8358

Mar 19

9 AM

D4

Dicks Creek Gap north to Plum Orchard Gap Shelter, in and out on the AT. 9 miles. Moderate with some steep climbs.  Trail passes Dick’s Creek Gap 2675 ft, Cowart Gap 2920 ft, Buzzard Knob 3760 ft, and Plum Orchard Gap 3090 ft. 
Meet: Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee

Leader: Steve Dennison  706-299-6825

Mar 21

9 AM
B2 or B3

Leisure Hike - Piney Knob Gobbler Trail (Loop) - OK, so it's a bit over five miles with the approach trail - but what a great hike! About the first 1.5 mi. is a modest uphill for a few hundred feet, then levels off awhile, and the latter half is downhill, downhill modestly. Maybe we can take another Murphy restaurant break afterwards!

Meet at back of Murphy's Ingles parking lot off U.S. 74/129.

Leader:  Laurie Columbo 530-295-7639

Mar 21

9 AM

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

Mar 26

10 AM
C3

 BMT Across Sisson Property, from Hwy 515 to Boardtown Rd. - A tumbling cascade, the only BMT shelter in Ga, a couple of small lakes, a chapel - it's all a trek of about 4 miles with a mixture of woods, cabins, trail, and short road walks. Some up and down, including a couple of steep ups for a few tenths of a mile, but the last mile is downhill.

Meet at the Blue Ridge Home Depot

Hike leader: Pam Sullivan pams11@tds.net

Mar 26

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

Leader: Irene Reiner 706-970-9822

Mar 28

9 AM

A1

Leisure Hike - NEW: Hardman Farm State Historic Site & Chattahoochee River Walk to Helen & Lunch & Return - Please don't miss this new venture if you can help it. After driving to just south of Helen, GA, we turn left onto GA 17 to the Hardman Farm Estate Visitor Entrance and drive to the parking area. IMPORTANT: 1) We have a 10 a.m. 55-minute official tour of the Hardman Farm buildings and grounds - tour fee is $10 for seniors 62 and over, others $12. Please bring your fee money or you will be forced to take a highly usurious loan from your hardnose trip leader! After the tour we will take the lovely paved mile-plus new Helen-to Hardman Heritage Trail to Helen for lunch at the German Restaurant. Then we will return to the farm and our vehicles after lunch.

Meet at parking space at U.S. 19 & GA 180 east toward Brasstown       

Leader: George Owen 706-374-4716

Mar 28

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.