Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

Appalachian Trail - Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald, NC

April 25, 2017

HIKERS - Mike Bell, Bob Browe, Phil Brownrigg, Ray Clark, Renee Corbett, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Angela Evans, Stephen Gales, Tim Hale, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Vic Robson , Dave Standard, Carole Wintle and Jack Wintle.

TRAIL INFO: A great section of the Appalachian Trail in NC. Some of the most spectacular mountain views in the Southeastern U.S. The trail gains more than 1,400 ft. in elevation as you make your way up to the summit of Siler Bald at 5,216 ft. Siler Bald is actually on a side trail up a long grassy slope that almost looks like a ski slope. A breathtaking 360 degree view awaits you at the summit.

Directions: From Franklin, NC, take Highway 64 West for about 10 miles and look for the parking lot on the left. (It is just beyond the large rock cliffs on each side of the road) You will see the Appalachian Trail sign.

Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 64-70 F - moderately strenuous due to a gradual elevation gain of over 1,400 ft. Distance hiked - 9.3 miles.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Bluets, Large Flowered Trillium, Red and White Stinking Benjamin Trillium, Mountain Vetch, Squawroot, Meadow Rue, Dutchman's Breeches, Trout Lily, Star Chickweed, Wood Betony, Foam Flower, Bloodroot, Robin's Plantain, Small Bellwort, Blue Violets.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated Woodpecker, American Crow, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-eyed Vireo, White-breasted Nuthatch, Cardinal, Ovenbird, Pine Warbler.


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Our trailhead for the day
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Start of the hike from Highway 64.
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Starting the long climb up the Appalachian Trail to Siler Bald.
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Another great wildflower day.
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Pretty little waterfall early into the hike!
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Taking a break at the base of the long grassy slope up to the summit.
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A tough .3 mile climb up the slope but the stunning views make it worth the effort!
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Marker at the summit.
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Breathtaking!
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Lunchtime on Siler Bald!
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Looking down to Nantahala Lake!
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Headed down the slope of Siler Bald
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More of today's wildflowers
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We met many thru-hikers headed for Maine! See each of them in to photos at the bottom of the page.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike (l-r)Jim Driggers, Bob Browe, Greta Driggers, Vic Robson, Bob Magee, Phil Brownrigg, Dick Metzgar, Jack Wintle, Carole Wintle, Mike Bell, Stephen Gales, Ray Clark, Renee Corbett, Tim Hale, Angela Evans and Dave Standard.

SEE MANY MORE PHOTOS INCLUDING THRU-HIKERS AND ALL WILDFLOWERS FROM THIS HIKE BELOW! (CLICK PHOTO)


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