The Bartram Trail- Courthouse Gap - Windy Gap - Rabun Co. GA

January 6, 2015

TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Bartram Trail is accessed from Courthouse Gap Rd. using a connector trail up to Courthouse Gap. From here the trail travels up and continues to Windy Gap on rolling terrain mostly uphill. Nice mountain views are abundant along the trail during the winter months. Trail difficulty is mostly strenuous due to lots of elevation gain on the way to Windy Gap.

TODAY'S HIKERS: Geri Barrios, Wayne Barrios, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Karen Brown, Jan Burgess, Joe Collins, Pam Euliss, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Trushna Nadig, Jeanne O'Connor, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Carole Wintle.

Total hiking distance today - 8.5 miles with a large gain in elevation. Difficulty rating - Strenuous.

DIRECTIONS: Take Warwoman road out of Clayton for .8 miles, and you'll see a sign for Pinnacle Camp. Take a left turn off Warwoman Road onto Pinnacle Dr. Follow that road all the way, 1.1 miles, passing the camp, to Courthouse Gap Road. Take a right, and go .2 miles until you see a gravel road, with parking areas beneath power lines. Park there, and walk up that road about a tenth of a mile to the access trail on the left.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly fair, windy and cold with temperatures ranging in the low 30's all day.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: None

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Dark-eyed Junco, Towhee, Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse.


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Getting ready to hike at Courthouse Gap Rd.
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From the parking spot at the power lines, you walk up the gravel road for about .2 miles and turn left onto the connector trail.
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Headed up the connector trail to Courthouse Gap.
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Arriving at Courthouse Gap on the Bartram Trail.
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Trail sign at Courthouse Gap. We turn left toward Rabun Bald.
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We head up one of several significant climbs.
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Nice mountain views all along the trail!
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Yes, it was cold!
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Another great day for a hike!
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We arrive at Windy Gap at the 4.25 mile mark.
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Lunchtime at Windy Gap!
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Mushroom of the week!
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Carole Wintle, Bob Magee, Geri Barrios, Joe Collins, Wayne Barrios, Karen Brown, Jeanne O'Connor, Jan Burgess, Pam Euliss, Trushna Nadig, Dick Metzgar, Tony Presley and Vic Robson . .

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