Appalachian Trail - Deep Gap - Standing Indian Mountain, September 2, 2008

Today's hike was on the Appalachian Trail in NC from Deep Gap to beyond Standing Indian Mountain. Approximately 6.5 miles round trip.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Bill Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Wayne Miller, George Otis, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Lynne Saporito, Dave Standard, David Whitaker and Geri Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. - Another nice cool hike to do during the hot summer months. It offers spectacular mountain views on this beautiful portion of the Appalachian Trail. We had lunch on the summit of Standing Indian Mountain (elevation 5,499 ft). We also met two A.T. hikers from Colorado. Jodee Shufelt and Diane Dwyer were hiking from the southern terminus of the trail at Springer Mountain, GA to the Smokey Mountains in NC-TN.

Hiking distance today - 6.5 miles - Difficulty - moderate due to elevation change.

Directions: From Franklin, NC, go West on US64 13.6 miles (from the overpass where US23 turns South toward Atlanta) to FS71 Deep Gap Rd. It is the first road to the left past the County Line sign (Clay County). Drive approximately 5 miles on this gravel road (FS 71) to the Deep Gap parking lot.

Another great day for a hike!  Partly Cloudy, and mild! Temperatures ranged from 62 to 68 degrees F.

WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: White Snakeroot, Pale Jewelweed, Goldenrod, Southern Harebells, Heal All, Angelica, False Hellebore, Perfoliated Aster, Bush Aster, White Woods Aster, White-topped Aster, Peruvian Daisy, Alumroot, Woodland Sunflower, Indian Plaintain, Turtlehead and Hog Peanut.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Raven, Grouse, Nuthatch, Blue Jay, Junco.

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The parking lot at Deep Gap.
Today's hike was in the Nantahala Wilderness Area.
Another great day for a hike on the A.T.
Bumblebees enjoying Angelica flowers.
View one from Standing Indian.
View 2! .
View 3!
A great lunchtime view!
One more view!
Fungus of the week!
Word to the wise!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Tony Presley, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker, Donna Presley, (Jodee Shufelt and Diane Dwyer from Colorado), Lynne Saporito and Bill Hunt. (l-r standing) Jack Jacobi, Doug Russell, Dave Standard, George Otis, Dan Ross, John Bellamy, Dick Metzgar, June Bellamy, Wayne Miller and Phil Brownrigg.

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