November 2, 2004
|HIKERS - Jack Jacobi and Bob Thompson .|
TRAIL INFO. - On this election day, most of our hikers were working as poll officers for the election and missed the hike. However, two of our dedicated hikers hit the trail for a nice hike on the Bartram Trail. Parking on Hale Ridge Road at the trail crossing, they hiked up to Rabun Bald for lunch on the observation deck and returned for a total of 8.4 miles. The trail is considered mostly moderate in difficulty with a strenuous section during the final stretch up to the summit.
The cloudy, moist, foggy day made visibility poor but it was still a nice hike.
Directions: Take Hwy. 441 N from Clayton, GA through Dillard, GA and turn right onto GA 246 / NC 106 toward Highlands, NC. Drive about 7 miles and turn right at the Scaly Mtn. Ski Slope. Go a couple of miles and turn left onto Hale Ridge road. Drive a mile or so and you will see the trail crossing sign on your right.
Another great day for a hike! Mostly cloudy with scattered light rain showers and fog. Temps in the 60's F.
Birds Identified- Pileated woodpecker, Blue Jay, Crows, Chickadee, and Downy Woodpecker.
Bartram Trail marker carved in stone.
The trail brings you past many nice boulders.
The old observation tower at the Summit of Rabun Bald.
Georgia's 2nd highest mountain peak. (4,696 ft.)
The foggy view from the tower.
The OFHC Gang for today's hike (l-r) Jack Jacobi and Bob Thompson.