March 15, 2016
Today, we hiked the Appalachian Trail southward from Dicks Creek Gap to the Deep Gap shelter and back. We met 34 thru-hikers on their way to Maine. The following states and countries were represented - Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, California, New Jersey , Virginia, Maine, Georgia, Massachusetts, Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, Nova Scotia, Australia, Peru
HIKERS: Suzanne Belflower, Mike Bell, Karen Brown, Angela Evans, Stephen Gales and his dog “Cotton", Kanchan Garg and Vic Robson.
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 – 8.4 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! Very sunny with temperatures ranging from low 50’s to mid-70 degrees F.
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM: None.
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Carolina Wren, Junco, Vireo.
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