Hikingsouth Hike of the Week

The Bartram Trail Rabun Bald, GA from Kelsey Mt. Rd.

December 19, 2017

This week's hike was on the Bartram Trail near Sky Valley, GA Trail to the 2nd highest peak in Georgia - 4,696 ft Rabun Bald.

HIKERS: Gary King, Jenna Hensley, Dick Metzgar, Bob Magee, Jeanne O'Connor, Terre Pratt, Vic Robson, Linda Schultz, Carole and Jack Wintle.

TRAIL INFORMATION - Parking at Kelsey Mountain Road, there is a connector trail leading up to the Bartram Trail and on up to the summit of Rabun Bald. The connector trail is marked with a green blaze.

The terrain is strenuous due to a large elevation gain but we rate it only moderately strenuous since it is a short hike of 4 miles round-trip.

Directions: Take Hwy. 441 N from Clayton, GA through Dillard, GA and turn right onto GA 246 / NC 106 toward Highlands, NC. Drive about 7 miles and turn right at the old Scaly Mtn. Ski Slope (Hale Ridge Rd.). Go approximately 3 miles and look for Kelsey Mountain Road and turn left and drive to the end of the pavement and you will see the access trail on your right.

Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy, cool with temperatures ranging from the lower 40's to mid 50's. Hiking distance - 4 miles.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: None

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Tuffted Titmouse, Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, Cardinal, Blue Jay, Pine Warbler and American Crow.

OTHER FAUNA: Wild Hogs

scroll down for photos from today.......


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The start of today's hike at Kelsey Mt. Rd access.
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Another great day for a hike!
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The hike is uphill to the summit.
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This sign is one mile from the summit but it seems longer and people keep writing over the 1!
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Climbing up the steps of the old fire tower.
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Great views from the tower!
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A great lunch spot!
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Looking over toward Scaly Mt. NC.
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Zoomed view!
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Just a beautiful day at the summit or Rabun Bald! .
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A beautiful way to celebrate your 31st Anniversary!
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Looking over the town of Sky Valley
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Enjoying the last hike before Christmas!.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike (l-r Front) Dick Metzgar, Vic Robson and Gary King. (l-r back) Carole Wintle, Jack Wintle, Bob Magee, Jeanne O'Connor, Linda Schultz, Terre Pratt and Jenna Hensley.

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