Appalachian - Trail Wesser Bald, NC

September 7, 2010

This week's hike was on the Appalachian Trail from Tellico Gap, NC to Wesser Bald and beyond. Total hike today 5+ miles.

HIKERS: John Bellamy, Steve Bennett, Phil Brownrigg, Chuck Crisp, Jackie Crisp, Pam Euliss, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Don Preece, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Pom Sinnock and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - This is a beautiful portion of the A.T. with great views from Wesser Bald using the old fire tower. The tower burned years ago leaving the metal support beams and steps. An observation deck was later built on the top for hikers to enjoy. From the tower, you have an unobstructed 360 degree view. North, you see the Smoky Mtns. across Fontana Lake (small portions of the lake are visible), the Balsam Mtns.(Blueridge Parkway) to the NE and the Cowee Mtns. . East - Tellico Valley, and the Little Tennessee River valley. South - the Nantahala ridge, including Winespring Bald . West - Valley River Mtns, the Snowbirds, and the Slickrock Range.

Total hiking distance today - 5+ mi. with lots elevation change - moderately strenuous.

Directions: To reach the trailhead in Tellico Gap, follow route 28 North out of Franklin. Turn left across the new white concrete "lost bridge" onto Tellico Road. Follow this road as it climbs through scenic Tellico valley, turns to a gravel road, passes Tellico Trout farm, and finally climbs steeply up to the gap. There's a lot of parking space at the gap, and you want to follow the Appalachian Trail (AT) North - (away from the power-line and starting next to the fire-road). Alternate route - Come in from the other direction using Wayah Road past Nantahala Lake continue on Otter Creek Rd. to the gap.

Another great day for a hike! Mostly Sunny and cool with temperatures ranging from 55 to 75 degrees F.

FLOWERS IN BLOOM: Lady Fingers, Tall Goldenrod, wreath Goldenrod, Bull Thistle, White Snakeroot, White Woods Aster, Poke weed, White Yarrow, Daisy Fleabane, Silverrod, Horse Balm, Whorled White Aster, Alumroot, Indian Plantain, Yellow Wood Sorrell, Spiked Lobelia, Mountain Gentian and Southern Harebells.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated Woodpecker, American Crow, Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Gold Finch, Chimney Swift and Turkey Vulture.


Scroll down for photos and video from today!

Parking at Tellico Gap
Appalachian Trail sign at Tellico Gap
The view from Tellico Gap
Pale Jewelweed - (Impatiens pallida)
Arriving at the Wesser Bald tower
Enjoying the awesome views from the observation tower!
view 1 - looking across a portion
of Fontana Lake into the Smokey Mountains.
View 2
view 3
Another great day for a hike!
Back down to the bottom.
Brightly colored berries of Yellow Mandarin.
Two white blazes indicate a turn or intersection on the A.T.
Lunchtime at the Wesser Bald Shelter.
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Carole Wintle, Doug Russell, Vic Robson, Jackie Crisp, Chuck Crisp, Don Preece, Donna Presley, Phil Brownrigg, Pom Sinnock, Pam Euliss, Dick Metzgar, Dan Ross, Steve Bennett, John Bellamy, Jack Jacobi and Tony Presley.

More photos!
Appalachian Trail - Wesser Bald 9-7-10

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