Bartram Trail Hike - Osage Vista - Scaly Mountain - NC

May 27, 2014

Today's hike was on the Bartram Trail in North Carolina from Osage Vista to Scaly Mountain and Hickory Knut Gap.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Geri Barrios, Wayne Barrios, Stephen Gales, Bill Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Mike Jones, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Jeanne O'Connor, Don Preece, Tony Presley and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFORMATION - A beautiful section of the Bartram Trail near the GA border in NC. Starting at the Osage Overlook on the Highlands Highway, the trail climbs up to the beautiful summit of Scaly Mountain. We also took the side trail out to Hickory Knut Rd Total hike 5.7 miles.

We rate the hike mostly strenuous due to a large elevation gain up to the summit of Scaly.

Directions: Osage Mt. Vista is 5.7 miles west of Highlands on NC Hwy. 106. Or from Dillard, GA turn right on GA 246 which becomes NC 106 and drive approx. 9 miles to Osage Overlook on the right.

Another great day for a hike! Sunny to partly cloudy and mild with temperatures ranging from 64 to 78 degrees F. Hiking distance - 5.7 miles.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM:
Large Bluet, Mountain Bluet, Cow Wheat, Clintonia, Perfoliate Bellwort, , Golden Alexanders, Blue Violet, Saxifrage, Common Cinquefoil, Wild Strawberry, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Robin's Plantain, Catesby's Trillium, Blackberry, Flame Azalea, Mt. Laurel, Catawba Rhododendron, Mapleleaf Viburnum, Squawroot, Yellow Stargrass, False Solomon's Seal, Solomon's Seal, Wild Geranium and Rattlesnake Weed.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Dark Eyed Junco, Eastern Towhee, Chestnut Sided Warbler, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Black & White Warbler, Black Throated Blue Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Warbler, Wood Thrush, Northern Cardinal and Crow.

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Parking at Osage Mt. Vista.
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Sign at the vita on Highlands highway.
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Heading up the steps at the start.
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The Catawba Rhododendrons are blooming!
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About 1.5 miles out, we come to the intersection of the Hickory Knut Trail.
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The marker at the Hickory Knut intersection.
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The Catesby's Trillum are still blooming.
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We arrive at the foggy summit of Scaly Mt.!
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We come back down and hike out to Hickory Knut Rd.
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We find our great lunch spot on Scaly Mountain!
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Spectacular!
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Flame Azalea
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We found several huge Cinnamon Ferns.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r standing) Bill Hunt, Jeanne O'Connor, Carole Wintle, Don Preece, John Bellamy, Bob Magee, June Bellamy, Wayne Barrios, Geri Barrios and Jack Jacobi. (l-r front) Dick Metzgar, trail dog "Barney", Mike Jones, Stephen Gales and Tony Presley.

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