February 22, 2011
|Today's hike started at Courthouse Gap Rd. in Rabun County, GA. We hiked up to the Bartram Trail at Courthouse Gap by the Pinnacle Connector Trail. We then turned left toward Rabun Bald and hiked to a point just beyond Windy Gap. The out and back hike was approximately 8.2 miles.
HIKERS - Karen Brown, Phil Brownrigg, Chuck Crisp, Jackie Crisp, Jack Jacobi, Dick Metzgar, Rick Porter-Whitmire, Lynne Porter-Whitmire, Joe Raguckas, Vic Robson, Dan Ross, Pom Sinnock, David Whitaker, Geri Whitaker and Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO. - A beautiful wintertime hike on the Bartram Trail in Northeast Georgia. This portion of the Bartram Trail features rolling terrain through beautiful mountains with nice views all along the trail. The mountain views are continuous when this trail is hiked in the wintertime. The Bartram Trail is generally very well maintained.
Distance hiked - approximately 8.2 miles - difficulty - moderate due to elevation changes.
Directions: Take Warwoman road out of Clayton for .8 miles, and you'll see a sign for Pinnacle Camp. Take a left turn off Warwoman Road onto Pinnacle Dr. Follow that road all the way, 1.1 miles, passing the camp, to Courthouse Gap Road. Take a right, and go .2 miles until you see a gravel road, with parking areas beneath power lines. Park there, and walk up that road about a tenth of a mile to the access trail on the left.
Another great day for a hike! Mostly sunny and mild with temperatures ranging from 42-65 degrees F.
FLOWERS IN BLOOM: none
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Tufted Titmouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Crow, Junco, Wild Turkey, Turkey Vulture, Hairy Woodpecker, White Breasted Nuthatch.
Scroll down for photos and slide show from today!
Headed up the Pinnacle Connector Trail to Courthouse Gap!
Marker at Courthouse Gap.
Nice mountain views along the trail.
Looking up to Pinnacle Knob.
Another great day for a hike!
Taking a short break!
The beauty of hiking in a hardwood forest in wintertime!
Lunchtime at Windy Gap!
The rock marker at Windy Gap.
These dogs love to hike!
The OFHC gang for today's hike (l-r front) Dick Metzgar, Vic Robson, "Nugget", Phil Brownrigg, Chuck Crisp, Lynne Porter-Whitmire and "Honey". (l-r back) Joe Raguckas, David Whitaker, Pom Sinnock, Geri Whitaker, Rick Porter-Whitmire, Karen Brown, Dan Ross, Carole Wintle, "Merlin", Jack Jacobi and Jackie Crisp.
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