Benton MacKaye Trail Hike - 11.6 Miles
Hiking/Walk DATE: 09/25/2017 - 09/25/2017
Trip/Event Location: Mineral Bluff, GA
Trip Leader(s): dnaturist
Meeting Time: 9:00 AM
Max # People: 8
Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money
Difficulty Level: Strenuous
The hike will start at Wiscot Gap and and head towards Lula Head Gap (about 1 mile) and then begin an ascent to the top of Wilscot Mountain. From the top we will start down to Payne Gap (about 3.2 ... Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:
The meeting place for this hike will be the Dunkin Donuts Shop in Mineral Bluff, Georgia. It is located at 8200 Appalachian Hwy, (US 76), Mineral Bluff, Ga.
Mineral Bluff, Ga. is located just east of Blue Ridge, Ga. The Dunkin Donuts is located near the intersection of US 76 and Georgia SR 60.
Both of the trailheads for this hike will be located on SR 60.
We will be leaving for the trailheads from the Dunkin Donuts at 9:00 AM sharp. Please arrive there earlier to eat and get instructions.
Nice hike that was not as difficult as I had predicted, as this was suppose to be the most difficult section of the Benton MacKaye Trail. There were several long ascents, but the hike ended with a descent of two miles in length and some cold beer. It was a warm day for north Georgia, but we were blessed with a breeze most of the way on this clothing optional hike.
The trail was well maintained and had a nice walking surface. Not rooty, and only a couple of short rocky sections. This trail would be great for a trail runner. We could see the rath of Irma, with many trees down. One large downed tree had obliterated part of the trail.
One other joined me on this 5.5 hour hike.
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