Appalachian Trail - Woody Gap, GA to the Gooch Mountain Shelter.

February 24, 2004

HIKERS - John Bellamy,  Dave Haslett,  Jack Jacobi,  Steve Jordan,  Hayward Marshall,  Wayne Miller,  John Mooneyham,  Bob Presley,  Tony Presley,  Dan Ross,   Doug Russell, and Bob Thompson.

TRAIL INFO. - Our hike today was on the Appalachian Trail starting at Woody Gap, GA. going south to the Gooch Mountain Shelter. We met 8 thru-hikers headed for Maine!

Directions: Take Hwy. 129 N from Cleveland, GA for about 15 mi. then turn left at Turner's Corner and travel several miles to Hwy 60 (rock pile) turn right and drive to the top of the mountain at Woody Gap. Another beautiful hiking day! Mostly cloudy with temperatures ranging in the mid-40's with heavy morning fog. Total hike today - 10 miles.

Birds identified: Pileated Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, Dark-eyed Junco, Raven, White-breasted Nuthatch,and Downy Woodpecker.

Our parking spot for the hike.
We head southward to Gooch Mountain.
It is always nice to meet thru-hikers!
Here we meet Andrew Oliver from Maine (a little
more than 20 miles into his 2,200 mile journey).
The hike today was very rolling with several significant climbs.
There were some nice views, despite the clouds and fog.
We reach Gooch Gap at 3.5 miles.
We had lunch at the Gooch Mountain Shelter (5 mile mark of today's hike)
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r kneeling) Doug Russell, and Steve Jordan, (standing l-r) Dan Ross, Hayward Marshall, Dave Haslett, John Bellamy, John Mooneyham, Bob Presley, Bob Thompson, Jack Jacobi, Wayne Miller, and Tony Presley .

to Tony's Hiking Page.