March 24, 2015
|Today, we hiked the Appalachian Trail southward from Dicks Creek Gap to the Deep Gap shelter and back. We met 21 thru-hikers on their way to Maine. The following states were represented - Texas, Minnesota, North Carolina, New York, Arkansas
Vermont,Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arizona,
New Hampshire, Virginia, Georgia, Massachusetts,
and South Carolina.
HIKERS: Geri Barrios, Wayne Barrios, Suzanne Belflower, Karen Brown, Joe Collins, Pam Euliss, Tim Hale, Bob Magee, Dick Metzgar, Jeanne O'Connor, Tony Presley, Vic Robson, Jack Wintle and Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Appalachian Trail is in excellent shape and offers very nice mountain views along the way. The terrain is very mountainous and the most difficult hills are on the way out to Deep Gap. The return is more downhill than up. Over-all difficulty rating is strenuous.
Total round trip hiking distance today - 8 miles - Strenuous due to lots of elevation change.
DIRECTIONS: Dicks Creek Gap is on Highway 76 between Hiawassee and Clayton, GA. 10 mi east of Hiawassee or 18 miles west of Clayton.
Another great day for a hike! Fair with temperatures ranging from 52 to 64 degrees F.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Purple violet and Chickweed.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Cardinal, White-breasted Nuthatch and Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Junco, Towhee, Tufted Titmouse.