Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Appalachian Trail, NC - Wayah Crest Picnic Area - Siler Bald

August 2, 2016

This week's hike was on the Appalachian Trail near Franklin, NC from Wayah Crest Picnic Area to 5,216 ft. Siler Bald and the Siler Bald Shelter loop.

HIKERS: John Anderson, Mike Bell, Jenny Bell, Phil Brownrigg, Joe Collins, Pam Euliss, Stephen Gales, Tim Hale, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Terre Pratt, Vic Robson, Carole Wintle and Jack Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Appalachian Trail offers fabulous mountain views especially from the summit of Siler Bald. We also hiked to the Siler Bald Shelter for a total of 5.5 miles.

Directions: From Franklin, travel west on US 64 for 3 miles to Old Murphy Road where there is a Wayah Bald sign. Turn right and drive .2 mile to Wayah Road (SR 1310). Turn left and continue for 9 miles to Wayah Gap and FR 69. There is an Appalachian Trail crossing sign. (Wayah Crest Picnic Area is on the left.)

Another great day for a hike! Mostly cloudy and occasional light sprinkle. Temperatures between 69-72 degrees

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Heal-all, White Clover, Red Clover, Pale Jewelweed, Rattlesnake Plantain, Woodland Sunflower, Carolina Lily, Milkweed, Fire Pink, Red Bee Balm, White Bee Balm, Starry Campion, Oxeye Daisy, Phlox, Gerardia, Wild Hydrangea, Wood Aster, Joe Pye Weed, Coreopsis, Dodder.

Birds Identified: Raven, Blue Jay, Towhee, Junco, Nuthatch.

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Parking lot at Wayah Crest Picnic Area.
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Back on the A.T. Today!
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Headed for Siler Bald.
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A great day for wildflowers!
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This is the gap just below Siler Bald.
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Starting the climb up the grassy slope to the summit of Siler Bald .
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Near the summit of Siler.
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The marker at the summit.
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Beautiful views even in the clouds!
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Starting down the grassy slope.
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Lunchtime at the Siler Bald Shelter!
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More wildflowers!
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Trail Art!
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Phil Brownrigg, Vic Robson, Carole Wintle, Jack Wintle, John Anderson, Jenny Bell, Mike Bell, Joe Collins, Pam Euliss, Tim Hale, Dick Metzgar, Terre Pratt, Stephen Gales and Bob Magee.

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