Rabun Bald - Bartram Trail, GA

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.

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Trail sign near the start.
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Another great day for a hike on the Bartram Trail!
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Pretty waterfalls early into the hike.
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Amazing color in the woods today!
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Working our way up the hills toward Rabun Bald.
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More color!
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It is a good idea to take an occasional break as you climb the trail to Rabun Bald!
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Arriving at the Rabun Bald Tower!
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Looking from the tower down to Sky Valley.
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Stunning beauty in every direction!
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Lunchtime at Rabun Bald!
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There are no bad seats at this lunch spot!
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A colorful masterpiece!
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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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Rabun Bald 10-23-12

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