May 12, 2015
|Today's hike was on the Appalachian Trail hiking from Indian Grave Gap to the summit of Tray Mountain GA and back. |
HIKERS - Geri Barrios, Wayne Barrios, Mike Bell, Joe Collins, Greta Driggers, Jim Driggers, Bill Hunt, Ann Magee, Bob Magee and Vic Robson.
TRAIL INFORMATION - This portion of the A.T. is very beautiful but somewhat strenuous due to a large elevation gain. Very nice views from the second highest elevation on the GA portion of the Appalachian Trail.
We rate the hike mostly strenuous due to lots of elevation gain.
Directions: Drive North from Helen, GA on Hwy 75 up the mountain past Unicoi Gap (A.T. crossing) and continue down the other side of the mountain and turn right onto Indian Grave Gap Rd. (F.S. Rd 283) and drive about 3.5 miles to the Indian Grave Gap parking lot.
Another great day for a hike! Partly cloudy, mild with temperatures rangiing from 68-78 with a nice breeze. Hiking distance - 5.5 miles.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: Cow Wheat, Golden Alexander, Dwarf Crested Iris, Wood Betony, Squaw Root, Mountain Laurel, Toad Shade Trillium, Vasey's Trillium, Catesby's Trillium, Cinquefoil, Flame Azalea, Robin's Plantain, Buttercup, Solomon's Seal, False Solomon's Seal, Star Chickweed, Wild Strawberry, Blackberry and Dewberry.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Birds: Red Eyed Vireo, Junco, Oven Bird, Hooded Warbler, Pine Warbler, Veery, Rosebreasted Grosbeak, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Crow, Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Blue Bird, American Goldfinch, Blue Jay, Chestnut-sided Warbler.