The Appalachian Trail Wayah Gap to Siler Bald, NC and Shelter loop

June 15, 2010

This week's hike was from Wayah Gap, NC to Siler Bald and back down to a loop on the Siler Bald Shelter trail and back down to Wayah Gap. Total approx. 6 mi.

HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Sam Hay, Bill Hunt, Jack Jacobi, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, David Whitaker and Geri Whitaker.

TRAIL INFO. This is a nice hike including the great views from 5,216 ft. Siler Bald followed by a beautiful hike on the Siler Bald Shelter Loop. The terrain is hilly and the forest is a beautiful hardwood environment with lots of wildflowes.

Total hiking distance today - 6 miles

Directions: From Franklin, travel west on US 64 for 3 miles to Old Murphy Road where there is a Wayah Bald sign. Turn right and drive .2 mile to Wayah Road (SR 1310). Turn left and continue for 9 miles to Wayah Gap and FR 69. There is an Appalachian Trail crossing sign. (Wayah Crest Picnic Area is on the left.)

Another great day for a hike! Partly Cloudy and warm with temperatures ranging from 72 to 82 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Flame Azalea, Rosebay Rhododendrun, Mountain Laurel, Mountain Hydrangea, Devil's Bit, Tall Bluet, Meadow Rue, Tassel Rue, Cinquefoil, Daisy Fleabane, Yellow Stargrass, Cow Wheat, Indian Cucumber, Indian Physic, Sundrop, Galax, Goat's Beard, Whorled Loosestrife, Canada Violet, Stinging Nettles, Foamflower, Rattlesnake Plantain, White Yarrow, Pink Yarrow, Hawkweed, Sheep Sorrell, Fire Pink, Blue-eyed Grass, Tall Buttercup, Lizard's Tail, Spiderwort, Blackberry, Sweet Cicily, Stachys, Tall Milkweed, Solomon's Seal and Yellow Wood Sorrell.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Black Throated Blue Warbler, Veery, Hooded Warbler, Red Eyed Vireo, Black & White Warbler, Oven Bird, Junco, Chipping Sparrow, Scarlet Tananger, Yellow Throated Vireo, Towhee, Cat Bird, Nuthatch, Indigo Bunting, Summer Tananger, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, PeeWee, Pileated Woodpecker, Broad Winged Hawk, Crow, Red Tailed Hawk, Chestnut Sided Warbler.

Scroll down for photos and video from today!

Our parking spot at Wayah Crest Picnic Area.
Starting up A.T. toward Siler Bald.
Climbing the long grassy slope to the summit of Siler Bald.
View 1 from Siler Bald
View 2!
View 3!
Marker at the summit.
Indigo Bunting at the summit!
Heading back down the grassy slope.
Some of today's wildflowers (top left then clockwise) Flame Azalea, Indian Physic, Spiderwort, Goat's Beard.
Our lunchtime destination.
Lunchtime at the shelter with Dr. Sam Hay (founder of the OFHC).
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r front) Tony Presley, Donna Presley, Geri Whitaker, David Whitaker. (l-r back) Jack Jacobi, Sam Hay, Bill Hunt, Dan Ross, Phil Brownrigg, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Greta Driggers and Jim Driggers.

More photos!

Siler Bald 6-15-10

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