My 17th state highpoint.
Picked up this pretty little peak on a business trip to Atlanta. I've just started out trying to climb the highest point of all 50 states. Made it up in the morning by 915 am. Thick cottony clouds hushed the valleys; the green peaks parted the clouds in regular intervals and it was hard to believe that 4.5 million people were just miles away to the south. After watching the film in the visitors center on the top of the peak, clouds rolled in and the view was gone.
My last state on the 3 state swing brought me to this beautiful North Georgia area. I drove out of Dahlonega Georgia at about 6 Am and landed in the parking lot of Brasstown Bald about a little over an hour later. The summit lot was completely shrouded in fog, in fact it was so soupy I could not even find the trail head leading up to the summit. I started walking up a service road that was closed and the trail intersected the road so I made my way to the top. I was bummed that I had no views because of the fog but I was the only person on the top which was really cool. I friend of mine told me about a town named Helen that was close by that is completely made to look like a Bavarian town so I had breakfast in town and that was also really cool!! A must see in fact..
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!