October 23, 2012
TRAIL INFO. - The hike today began at Hale Ridge Rd near the GA/NC border and traveled southward to Georgia's second highest mountain peak, 4,696 ft. Rabun Bald.
HIKERS: Phil Brownrigg, Pam Euliss, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Dave Hinson, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Vic Robson, Lynne Saporito, Pom Sinnock, Carole Wintle and Jack Wintle.
Total hiking distance today - 8.4 miles with a large elevation change. We rate the over-all hike difficulty as strenuous.
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 old Scaly Mtn. Ski Slope at Hale Ridge Rd. Go a couple of miles and turn left onto a continuation of 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! Fair and cool with temperatures ranging from the low 40's to the upper 60's F.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Mt. Gentian, Bushy Aster and Rabbit Tobacco.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Yellow -billed Cuckoo, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee and Turkey Vulture.
scroll down for photos and slide show from the hike!
Trail sign near the start.
Another great day for a hike on the Bartram Trail!
Pretty waterfalls early into the hike.
Amazing color in the woods today!
Working our way up the hills toward Rabun Bald.
It is a good idea to take an occasional break as you climb the trail to Rabun Bald!
Arriving at the Rabun Bald Tower!
Looking from the tower down to Sky Valley.
Stunning beauty in every direction!
Lunchtime at Rabun Bald!
There are no bad seats at this lunch spot!
A colorful masterpiece!
The OFHC gang for today's hike! (l-r front) Dave Hinson, Lynne Saporito, "Angus", Vic Robson and Greta Driggers. (l-r standing) Phil Brownrigg, Pom Sinnock, Carole Wintle, Jack Wintle, Pam Euliss, Dick Metzgar, Jack Jacobi and Jim Driggers.
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