September 19, 2006
|This week's hike was in North Carolina, from the Osage Mountain overlook to the Summit of Scaly Mountain and beyond. This hike is on the Bartram Trail near the NC/GA state line. Approximately half of our regular hikers could not hike today since they are election workers and Stephens County had a Special Election (SPLOST) today.
HIKERS - Phil Brownrigg, Terry Doyle, Bill Hess, Jack Jacobi, Wayne Miller, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, and Bob Thompson .
TRAIL INFO. - The Bartram Trail from Osage Mountain Overlook to the other side of Scaly Mountain is a very nice hike with awesome views of the NC/GA mountains. The rock-faced mountain offers many nice photo ops along the way along with a good wildflower environment.
Total hiking distance - 7 miles R.T.
Directions: Osge Overlook is 5.7 miles west of Highlands on NC Hwy. 106. Or from Dillard, GA turn right on GA 246 which becomes NC 106 and drive approx. 9 miles to Osage Overlook on the right.
Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy, temperatures in the low 70's.
FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Angelica ,Asiatic Dayflower, Blue Wood Aster, Closed Gentian, False Foxglove, Flowering Spurge, Goldenrods, Grass of Parnassus, Hawkweed, Heal-All, Lady’s-thumb, Phlox , Southern Harebell, White Wood Aster, Woodland sunflower , Wood sorrel.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: American crow, Blue Jay, Grouse, Junco, Pileated Woodpecker, Pine Warbler, Towhee, White-Breasted Nuthatch .
Trail-head for today's hike.
The trail starts across the highway from our parking lot.
Creek crossing early into the hike.
One of the first mountain views.
The clouds are starting to break up.
Nice group of mushrooms!
A great place for a break on Scaly Mountain.
Lunch "on the rocks!"
folded layers of biotite gneiss and schist.
I had rather eat here than in the finest restaurant in the country!
The OFHC gang for today's hike: (l-r) Bill Hess, Phil Brownrigg, Bruce O'Connor (seated), Bob Thompson, Jeanne O'Connor, Wayne Miller, Jack Jacobi, and Terry Doyle.