Appalachian Trail from Hog Pen Gap to Cow Rock and Wolf Laurel Top - GA

December 12, 2006

This week, we hiked southward on the Appalachian Trail from Hog Pen Gap (north of Helen, GA) past Cow Rock and on to Wolf Laurel Top.

HIKERS - Ray Cowan, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Wayne Miller, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, Terry Doyle, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, and Bob Thompson.

TRAIL INFO. - From Hog Pen Gap, we first had to climb quite a long distance up to the top of Wildcat Mountain followed by a steep descent to Tessnatee Gap and then a long climb up to Cow Rock Mountain and on over to Wolf Laurel Top. There is a nice flat portion between Cow Rock and the climb up Wolf Laurel Top. We also took the side trail at Cow Rock that leads over to a great rock face with great views. All day long, the views were spectacular!

Total hiking distance - 6.5 miles. Rating - Mostly strenuous due to the series of climbs.

Directions: Take GA 75 north from Helen for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto GA 356(75 Alternate) and travel 2.3 miles to the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway (GA 348). Turn right and travel about 9 miles to Hog Pen Gap. The parking lot is on the right.

Another great day for a hike - Partly to mostly cloudy, windy and cool with temperatures from the low 40's to low 50's F.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Ruffed Grouse, Raven, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco, Pileated Woodpecker, Crow, Turkey Vulture, and Carolina Chickadee.

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The trail marker rock at our parking lot.
A nice view looking from Wildcat Mountain over to Cow Rock Mtn.
Another view from Wildcat.
View one from Cow Rock.
Looking from Cow Rock back over to Wildcat Mountain.
Layer after layer of N. Georgia Mountains.
The view from Wolf Laurel Top.
Back to Cow Rock for lunch.
Another view from Cow Rock.
Our group taking in the great views.
Much of today's hike was in the Raven Cliffs Wilderness
After last week's cold spell, we find massive icicles near Hog Pen Gap!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Doug Russell, Bob Thompson, Bruce O'Connor, Wayne Miller, Jeanne O'Connor, Ray Cowan, Donna Presley, Dan Ross, Tony Presley, and Terry Doyle.

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