I was the only person at the summit! It was pretty foggy, so there wasn't much a view, but it was sort of surreal being up there alone. It was a nice walk up the paved trail.
This was the second time that my hiking and HP buddy, Mike, and I have visited Brasstown Bald (first time was in 1994?). With the increase of technology (digital cameras, etc.), we basically decided to redo and document the 18 HP's we had already completed along the east coast. The disposable camera/photos just didn't cut it. Beautiful weather today and a very informative visitor's center on top.
Climbed Jacks Knob Trail. They are making all new visitor center at base which will be nice. very developed but good exibits
This mountain was hard...on my car. Smoked the breaks on the way down.
Hiked up the Wagon Road Trail from Young Harris College. Nice, gradual hike.
Second of a 6 state HP weekend. Flew into Knoxville, then hit the HPs for TN, GA, SC, NC, KY and VA. This is my 41st state HP. Surprisingly, I had the summit all to myself considering it was a Friday in May. Unfortunately, the tower wasn't open yet.
Took Jack's Knob Trail from the bottom of the 180 spur. Beautiful, warm, sunny day with no clouds in the sky.
Had planned on making a real hike out of it but somehow missed the turnoff after finding the national forest sign and next thing I knew, I was in the parking lot. Still, I got some good leg stretching on the walk up from there and some nice views. First of two (TN) that day.
I hiked this highpoint with my mother and my two grandparents.
I counted the switchbacks as we came back down Jack's Knob trail. It was hazy at the top. No views and it was another one of those steep paved trails from the parking lot.
Start of a six highpoint swing. Completely fogged out. Saw absolutely nothing but clouds. But great to check it off the list.
3 hrs 45 minutes up and down. Fogged in. #8
A beautiful day turned drizzly and cloudy. No view at the summit today but I made it. Bypassed the shuttle to the top so I could climb the trail that started from the main parking lot. The observation tower was closed when I was there but there was no view anyway. Oh well.
Fun afternoon in the sun on a warm spring day. We were surprised that the summit was almost deserted with such easy access and good weather. Hazy but very pleasant day exploring the N. Georgia mountains with Lillian, Kate, and Ed. "Climbed" enough state highpoints to actually stop and tally them up...this is #15 for me.
This is one of the best maintained isolated high points.
But if you down-climb to the road and hike back-up... it still counts!
Attempted the Arkaquah Trail late in the afternoon after high pointing in Mississippi and Alabama earlier that same day. I had hoped to reach Brasstown Bald before sundown and hike back in the dark. It didn't work out. I crested a mountain with the sun already set and the overlook tower was still a mountain away. I turned around. Being pressed for time, I ended up high pointing the next day from the parking lot.
I did this hike at around 10 am. and it was 21 degrees. That's not including the windchill. There was snow on top and also a great view!
Visited the folks in Douglasville during Thankgiving and couldn't resist the urge to knock out a quick high pointer, not to mention getting away from the chaotic family get together. I took my brother, out of shape, but he enjoyed the hike from the parking lot. We caught the sunset and gorgeous views over looking ranges all the way to the horizon.