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About Mountain High Hikers

Mission:  The mission of the Mountain High Hikers is to promote and facilitate hiking activities in the Southern Appalachian area and encourage involvement in the maintenance of trails and conservation of forest environments.

Origination:  Mountain High Hikers originated from a course entitled “Hiking in the Blue Ridge” at the Institute for Continuing Learning, at Young Harris College in the winter of 1993. 28 folks attended the course, and that small group expanded throughout the years to over 185 members. Most members live in Towns, Union, and Fannin counties in Georgia, and Clay and Cherokee counties in North Carolina. Most are full time residents, but some only come up for a few weeks a year.

Hiking:   Mountain High Hikers sponsors several hikes every week to accommodate a variance in hiking skills. Prospective members and guests are invited to hike with us. Guidelines allow for 3 guest hikes before joining. Prospective members should attend a short hike first to determine which hiking level will work best. For further information, please review the Hiking Guidelines and Hike Calendar on this website.

Maintenance: Club members are very active in trail maintenance. Each month work trips are scheduled in both NC and GA. The club has been instrumental in the reopening of Chunky Gal Trail, open and blazing a new trail to Boteler Peak, and is working presently to get the entire Fires Creek trail system reopened. The club also maintains all of the trails leading to Brasstown Bald, Helton Creek Falls, High Shoals Falls, Cooper’s Creek Trails, and the Miller Trek at Brasstown Resort.

Special Events:  The club has quarterly combined business meetings and potluck dinners. Specialty events are also periodically planned. We are one of the largest hiking clubs attending Wilderness Wildlife Week in the Great Smoky Mountains each January, usually with over 40 members in attendance. The club has also organized hiking trips to Virginia, Mt. Mitchell, Yosemite, and the Swiss Alps.

In Summary:   Come play, hike, and trail maintain with us!

Hike Safely
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:

1. With knowledge and gear. Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather, and your equipment before you start.

2. To leave your plans. Tell someone the trails you are hiking, the gear you are taking, when you will return, and your emergency plans.

3. To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.

4. To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.

5. For emergencies, even if you are headed out for just an hour. An injury, severe weather, or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.

6. To share the hiker code with others.

Hike Safely: It’s Your Responsibility.
The Hiker Responsibility Code was developed and is endorsed by the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish and Game.


2016 Board (Officers & Committee Chairs)
President Richard Sullivan
Vice President Pam Sullivan
Secretary  Sue Astley
Treasurer Doug Yarns
Hike Planner Cindy Sullivan
Social  Candy Retter
Membership Frank Maloney
Publicity Laurie Colombo
Webmaster Richard Sullivan
Trail Maintenance Clyde Burnsworth
Conservation Darcy Douglas
Past Pres. Tom Shope


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Voters To Decide on Funding for Georgia Land Conservation Fund on Nov. 6

On Nov. 6, Georgia voters will get to decide if state funding for land conservation, parks and trails will get a boost. The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act adopted by the state legislature earlier this year creates a constitutional amendment that will allow the state to dedicate a portion of the sales tax collected on outdoor gear to a land conservation fund. Voters must approve the constitutional amendment by voting "yes" Nov. 6. Mountain High Hikers encourages its members to support funding for land conservation. Land that remains in its natural state helps keep our rivers cleaner. Click here to learn more about the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act. 

Hike Inn

Nov 29-30

The Hike Inn is offering discount rooms for a few days in fall for their 1998 opening day rates. This is a MHH favorite experience and fall usually offers great hiking weather. If not, the rooms are toasty warm and pot belly stoves are great for drying out gear. The rooms are $80 for a single, $118 for double occupancy plus tax. Includes all meals, linens and hot showers with shampoo and soap. The regular price is $127 single , $180 double.

If you want to be with our fun MHH group, go ahead and make reservations for Thursday Nov. 29/ depart Friday Nov. 30th. Put MHH in the reservation comment section then please let me know you will join us. Guests are welcome to come, must be able to hike 5 miles in and 5 miles out on moderate terrain. 17 rooms available at this time.

See below for more details:

This is a moderate 5 mile hike to an eco-friendly lodge buried in the woods at the top of a mountain in Amicalola State Park ($5 fee area or state park pass). Hot showers, heated private rooms with a set of bunks + linens and dinner/ breakfast are provided. All you need to bring is an optional change of clothes, lounge clothes/ PJs and comfy shoes. Everything else is provided. Accommodations are rustic with communal bath house.

To make reservations and get more information, go to this web site:http://hike-inn.com/reservations/

Then let me know you are coming!

Pam Sullivan (pams11@tds.net)


Winter Hike Week  Jan 23 - 27, 2019

Winter Hike Week (formerly the SEFTC) will continue in their free guided hikes in the Smokies.

Make discounted reservations at the Music Road Inn in Pigeon Forge for Jan. 23-27 2019, 4 nights by calling 844-993-9644 (group reservations #3). Rooms include hearty breakfast - $76 per night for king or 2 queens.

The MHH site will be updated as more info comes in.  Questions? Ask Pam Sullivan, Darcy Douglas or George Owen.








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