Jack's Knob Trail - Appalachian Trail - Chattahoochee Gap, GA

November 22, 2005

Today's hike was on the Jacks Knob Trail near Brasstown Bald to Chattahoochee Gap and back. The terrain is rated moderate due to significant elevation change.

HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg,  ,  Wayne Miller,   Dan Ross,   and Bob Thompson.

TRAIL INFO. - A very nice trail that connects to the A.T. with nice views and the spring that is reported to be the headwaters of the mighty Chattahoochee River..

Directions: Trail access - Take GA 75 north through Helen to GA 180; turn left (west) onto GA 180 (also GA 66); go 6 miles to the intersection of Alt. 180 and park at the parking lot. From here you can hike up the mountain to Brasstown Bald, but, today we hiked the opposite direction and connected with the Appalachian Trail and continued past Chattahoochee Gap.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly cloudy with blowing snow and strong winds - temperatures in the low 30's F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: None! .

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, American Crow.


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Near the parking area, the gang notices that it is snowing on the mountain!.
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Heading toward Chattahoochee Gap from the intersection of Hwy 180 / Alt 180.
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At the Wilderness sign, the snow becomes more evident!
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Another great day for a hike!
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Remember, it is still Autumn!
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Hmmm, I wonder where all of our regular hikers are today? ............wimps!
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Tinny won't believe this!
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White pine! .
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Are those hiking sticks or ski poles?
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Chattahoochee Gap!
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The spring that forms the headwaters of the Chattahoochee! Phil shows
that you can stand on both sides of the Chattahoochee at once!
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The OFHC gang for today's hike! (l-r) Phil Brownrigg, Dan Ross, Bob Thompson and Wayne Miller.


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