Bartram Trail - Bob Gap to Big Rock

January 23, 2007

This week, we returned to the Bartram Trail in Rabun Co. GA and hiked out-and-back from Bob Gap to Big Rock. Three of our hikers (John Ray, Dick Metzgar and Pom Sinnock) did trail maintanence work on this section today and hiked point to point from Bob Gap to Warwoman Dell.

HIKERS - Melissa Anderson, John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Dick Metzgar, Wayne Miller, Donna Presley, Tony Presley, John Ray, Dan Ross, Doug Russell, Pom Sinnock, Dave Standard, and Carole Wintle.

TRAIL INFO. - This portion of the Bartram Trail provides a very nice hike through the hills and mountain ridges in the northeast corner of the state. There are lots of nice mountain views all along the trail (especially in the wintertime). The Bartram Trail has a reputation of being well-maintained and today was no exception. Three of our group worked as a trail maintanence crew today from Bob Gap to Warwoman Dell.

Today's hiking distance - approx. 8.6 miles

Directions: Take Warwoman Road 5.9 miles from Clayton and turn right on Sandy Ford Road. Go 1.2 miles and turn right on Pool Creek Road. Drive 0.9 miles to Bob Gap.

Another great day for a hike - Mostly cloudy and cool. Temperatures from the low 30's to low 40's F.

BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated Woodpecker, Chickadee, Pine warbler, and Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Crow.

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Our starting point for today's hike.
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Typical view of the mountains. Here we see Rabun Bald.
(Georgia's second highest peak 4,696 ft.)
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Another great day for a hike!
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We had two trail dogs today: Jet the black Lab and Bo the
Labusky. (cross between a Lab and Husky)!
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A "word to the wise" at Big Rock.
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We had lunch at Big Rock overlooking Camp Rainey Mountain.
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Looking from Big Rock over to Rainey Mountain.
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Typical view along the trail.
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Headed back to Bob Gap.
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Evidence of fresh trail maintanence by the work crew!
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Bo waiting patiently as we take a break.
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The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) June Bellamy, Tony Presley, Dan Ross, Wayne Miller, Donna Presley, Dave Standard, Melissa Anderson, Dick Metzgar, Doug Russell, Carole Wintle, John Bellamy, John Ray, and Pom Sinnock. Dogs - Jet and Bo.


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