Winter 2009

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MOUNTAIN HIGH HIKERS CALENDAR

Winter 2009

          Hike Ratings:  (These are new hike ratings, effective January 2009) 

                  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      

      vv Trails maintained by MHH

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

Jan 06     (B3)      09:00

Fires Creek, from Bristol Horse Camp on trail # 76 to Carver Gap.  Rim trail to Leatherwood Falls.  3.7 miles, 800 ft. of elevation gain.  Moderate to strenuous.  (≈ 3:10 hrs)  Short shuttle required.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Ingles parking  lot in Hayesville.                                                                         Roland and Barbara Hardee 828-389-2359

Jan 06     (C2) vv  09:00

Yellow Mountain Trail in the Coosa Wildlife Management Area.  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.  Relax at the beautiful creek at the end of the hike.  1 hour drive to trailhead.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Blairsville Park & Ride                                                                                       Jan and Glen Boland 706-745-2798

Jan 08   09:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day. 

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                          John Quinlan 706-896-2430

Jan13      (C3) ## 09:00

Joint long and short hike due to Wilderness Wildlife Week.  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).  Carpool amount is $2.00.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy. 180.                                               Bert Kunze 706-896-3601

Jan 20     (B2) vv ## 09:00

Wagon Train Trail from Brasstown Bald parking lot down and back for about 4 miles round  trip. Outstanding  views.  Carpool amount is $2.00.

Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy. 180.                                              Betty Lennox 706-781-3652

Jan 20     (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.   Carpool amount is $2.00.

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                                    Phyllis Loman 706-896-5540

Jan 22   09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

Mary Ann’s Restaurant in Young Harris.                                                             John Quinlan 706-896-2430

Jan 27     (B2)      09:00

Helen to Unicoi State Park Lodge and return. An easy and scenic 5.6 mile (2.5 hrs) round trip hike. 

Lunch at Lodge (bring your own or eat in dining room).   A club favorite.  Carpool amount $5.00. 

Basically, it is the same meeting place and hike leader, but a different hike.

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                                   Alice Russell 706-745-8446

Jan 27     (C3)      09:00

Benton MacKaye Trail from Wilscot Gap to Shallowford Bridge for 7.7 miles with a total of 4,100 feet of change in elevation before ending at Toccoa River.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Park & Ride in Blairsville                                                                                 Sue Sorice 706-745-1225 & Nancy Shofner 404-881-6346

Feb 03    (B2)      09:00

Winding Stair Gap north to Panther Gap and back.  A 4 mile  moderate hike on the AT ( 3:10 hrs ).  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                         Bob Dalsemer 828-389-0218

Feb 03    (C4)      09:00

Black Rock Mountain State Park near Clayton.  Hike the James E. Edmonds Loop Trail for 7.2 moderate to strenuous miles.  State park pass or current parking fee.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot east of Hiawassee.                                   Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Feb 05   09:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day. 

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                       John Quinlan 706-896-2430

Feb 10    (C2) ## 09:00

Lake Winfield Scott-Jarrard Gap- Slaughter Gap loop.  This is a pleasant 6 mile (≈3:30 hr) hike with moderate ascents and descents. $5.00 or Golden Age Pass at Lake Winfield Scott.  Carpool amount is $2.00.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy. 180.                                             Arty and Gene Hodgson 706-745-5603

Feb 10     (E4)      09:00

Three Forks to Springer Mountain on the AT and return on the Benton MacKaye Trail. 10 mile loop hike. Moderate to strenuous hiking. Lunch on Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the AT. Paced hike at 2+ mph.   Carpool amount is $5.00.

Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                                                                Doug Haas 770-410-1738

Feb 17    (B2) vv ## 09:00

Arkaquah Trail from Brasstown Bald parking lot.  An easy in and out hike of about 3 miles.  Spectacular views.  Some rough  footing.  Carpool amount is $2.00.

Jacks Gap at base of Brasstown Bald on Hwy. 180.                                            Larry and Kathy Zarefoss 828-389-0639

Feb 17     (E4)      09:00

Long Branch Trail to AT to Albert Mt.  10.5 mi, paced at 2+ mph.  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.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                         John Bryant  828-389-0532

Feb 19  09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

Mary Ann’s Restaurant in Young Harris.                                                           John Quinlan 706-896-2430

                                          

 

Feb 24     (C3)      09:00

Green Mt. Loop and Long Branch Trails in Fannin County.  Easy to moderate 6 miles.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                                                                  Jean Caputa 706-379-2496

Feb 24     (D3)      09:00

Park Creek Trail and Park Ridge Trail loop in Standing Indian area for a 9 mile hike.  Several stream crossings and lots of ups and downs.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                         Darlene Rothenay 706-379-3029

Mar 03     (A2)      09:00

Hanging Dog Recreation Area.  A 3 mile loop hike on the Mingus Trail, Ramsey Cliff Trail, Ramsey Bend Connector Trail, and return via the Mingus Trail.   278 ft elevation change.  Carpool amount is $2.00.

Appalachian Outfitters in Murphy.                                                                      George Jurand 828-837-8516

Mar 03     (C2)vv ## 09:00

Wagon Train Trail from Brasstown Bald parking lot to Young Harris College.  This is a 6.5 mile hike, but it’s all down hill.  Shuttle or key exchange required.  Carpool amount is $2.00.

Sharp Memorial Methodist Church in Young Harris.                                             Becky Keller 828-389-2031

Mar 05   09:00

NC Trail Maintenance Day. 

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                        John Quinlan 706-896-2430

Mar 10     (C2)      09:00

Winding Stair Gap to Rock Gap and back.  A 7.4 mile  moderate hike on the AT, with optional additional 1.4 mile round trip to Big Tree (Wasilik Poplar). (≈ 3:20 hrs).  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                        Richard Sullivan 706-374-5281

Mar 10     (D3)      09:00

Duncan Ridge Trail from Mulky Gap to Sarvis Gap and return.  An 8.2 mile strenuous hike.  Excellent winter views.  Carpool amount is $2.00.

Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                                                                 George Radcliffe 706-745-8355

Mar 17     (B2)      09:00

Benton MacKaye Trail to/from Skeenah Gap for 5 miles.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                                                                Ralph Aanensen 941-345-5881 

Mar 17     (C2) vv 09:00

Fires Creek Park.  Up Huskins Branch Trail for 2.5 miles, then right along FSR 6176 for 1.1 miles, right on Rim Trail for 0.4 miles, right on FSR 340 and back.  7 miles ( ≈ 4 hrs.) round trip.  1189 ft. elevation change in 2 miles.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                         Steve Kaagan 828-389-0168

Mar 19   09:00

Georgia Trail Maintenance Day. 

Mary Ann’s Restaurant in Young Harris.                                                            John Quinlan 706-896-2430

Mar 24     (C2) ##  09:00

GA AT series 5.  Neels Gap to Hogpen Gap (shuttle/key exchange) 6.4 miles Moderate.  Trail passes Neels Gap (3125), Levelland Mt. (3942), Cowrock Mt. (3842),  Tesnatee Gap (3138), Trail to Whitley Gap Shelter, Hogpen Gap (3450).  Carpool amount is $2.00.

Choestoe Baptist Church parking lot on Hwy. 180.                                             Harold Dyer 706-745-2224

Mar 24     (D4)      09:00

Gahuti Backcountry Trail in Fort Mountain State Park. An 8.2 mile moderate to strenuous hike with good fall views. State Park Pass or current parking fee.  Carpool amount is $5.00.

Park & Ride in Blairsville.                                                                                 George Owen 706-374-4716

Mar 31     (B3) ## 09:00

GA AT series 8.  Unicoi Gap to Indian Grave Gap on the AT and return on the Rocky Mountain Trail A 5.5 mile hike ( ≈ 3:40 hrs ) with 1,000 ft. elevation gain both directions.  MHH “favorite.”

Unicoi Gap on Hwy. 75 south of Hiawassee.                                                      Jack Dugger 706-781-3377

Mar 31     (C4) vv 09:00

Chunky Gal Trail from Bob Allison Campground to Tusquitee Bald.  7.5 strenuous miles round trip.  2,200 foot elevation gain.  Scenic area with giant hickories and old growth hemlocks.  Carpool amount $5.00.

Ingles parking lot in Hayesville.                                                                         Mary Patrick 706-379-4170

 

     Please contact the Hike Leader or visit www.mountainhighhikers.org  for schedule changes.

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