Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

The Yonah Mountain Trail, GA

August 29, 2017

This week's hike was on the Yonah Mountain Trail in White County, GA.

HIKERS: Phil Brownrigg, Joe Collins, Renee Corbett, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Tim Hale, Jenna Hensley, Bob Magee, Terre Pratt, Tony Presley and Linda Schultz .

TRAIL INFO. - The Yonah Mountain Trail is a short but strenuous hike from the base to the summit of this beautiful rock-faced mountain. The rock cliffs are amazing and are frequently used for training by the U.S. Army Rangers. The side trails take you out to the edge of these cliffs where you find numerous rapelling hooks anchored in the rocks with hundreds of feet of sheer drop below. The views are breath-taking!

Distance hiked - Approx. 5 miles strenuous.

Directions: To reach the trailhead, take Hwy 75 north from Cleveland, GA towards Helen. Turn right on Tom Bell Rd at the Western Sizzlin Steakhouse. Then take an immediate left on Chambers Rd. looking for the second gravel road on your left. You will see the parking lot with kiosk and restrooms.

Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 68 to 76 degrees F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Spiderwort, Flowering Spurge, Hog Peanut, Bear's Foot, Blue Lobelia, Spotted Jewelweed, Bush Honeysuckle, Blue Aster, White Wood Aster, Lance-leaved Coreopsis, Mountain Mint, Woodland Sunflower, Southern Harebell, Joe Pye Weed, False Foxglove.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Carolina Wren, Pileated Woodpecker, Crow, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Nuthatch, Black Vulture.


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The parking area for the Yonah Mountain Trail.
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Early into the hike we start to see large boulders along the trail.
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The well-worn trail becomes very rocky.
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A couple of spots require careful scrambling over large boulders.
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We saw lots of late Summer wildflowers - Bear's Foot.
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We arrive at the rim of the rock clffis near the summit.
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The views are absolutely breathtaking!
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While taking in the views, you must be extremely careful not to get too close to the edge.
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It seens as though you can see forever!
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This shows the steepness of the cliffs!
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The Army Rangers and others use these cliffs for rapelling. Rappelling hooks
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There is very little soil on the cliffs and we are amazed to see some trees growing in the thin cracks of the rock .
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Mushrooms of the week!
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The OFHC gang for today's hike (l-r ) Tony Presley, Joe Collins, Terre Pratt, Jenna Hensley, Linda Schultz, Phil Brownrigg, Tim Hale, Renee Corbett, Bob Magee, Jim Driggers and Greta Driggers.

See video of the Hike below!

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