Wayah Bald - Appalachian Trail, NC

May 25, 2004

HIKERS -  John Hires,   Jack Jacobi,   Steve Jordan,    Dan Miller, Wayne Miller,  John Mooneyham,  Bob Presley,  Tony Presley,   Dan Ross,  Doug Russell,  Bill Taylor and David Whitaker. .

TRAIL INFO. - Our hike today was on the Appalachian Trail from Wayah Crest to Wayah Bald.

Directions: From Franklin, travel west on US 64 for 3 miles to Old Murphy Road where there is a Wayah Bald sign. Turn right and drive .2 mile to Wayah Road (SR 1310). Turn left and continue for 9 miles to Wayah Gap and FR 69. (Wayah Crest Picnic Area is on the left.)

Another beautiful hiking day! Partly cloudy skies with temps. ranging from the low 60's to the mid 70's F. Total hike approx. 9 miles. We rated the trail difficulty - moderate with considerable elevation change.

FLORA IN BLOOM; Yellow Ladyslippers, Pink Ladyslippers, False Lily-of-the Valley, Vasey's Trillium, Foam Flower, Wood Anemone, Golden Alexander, White Baneberry, Canada Violets, Purple Violets, Jack in the Pulpit, Hooked Buttercups, Yellow Stargrass, Indian Cucumber Root, Indian Physic, Clintonia, Tall Meadow Rue, Cow Wheat, Robin's Plantain, Perfoliated Bellwort, Bluets, Tall Bluets, Wood Betony, Four-Leafed Milkweed, Blue-eyed Grass, May Apple, Sarsparilla, Rattlesnake Weed, Maple-Leafed Viburnum, Sweet Cecily, Solomon's Seal, False Solomon's Seal.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Blue Jay, Robin, Chipping Sparrow, American Redstart, Wood Peewee, Red-breasted Grosbeak, Hooded Warbler, Chesnut Sided Warbler, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Towhee, Tufted Titmouse, Veery, Ovenbird, Red Eyed Vireo.


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We started our hike at Wayah Crest.
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Early into the hike we get some nice views.
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A little more than half-way to Wayah Bald we come
to the intersection of the A.T. and the Bartram Trail.
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The A.T. and Bartram share until Wayah Bald.
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A nice educational sign at Wayah Bald.
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We had lunch at the old rock tower!
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A partly cloudy hazy day, but still nice views.
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360 degrees of mountain views.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r)Tony Presley, David Whitaker, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Wayne Miller, Bob Presley, John Mooneyham, John Hires, Dan Miller, Jack Jacobi, Bill Taylor and Steve Jordan.


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