Date: Monday, February 7, 2022
Time: 9 – 1:30 pm
Leader(s): Ken Cissna
Making it possible: Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA)
Location: Brasstown Bald, Brasstown Wilderness
After a short climb from Brasstown Bald Visitors Center, it is 2 miles of gentle downhill on the Wagon Train Trail to the overlook, and then we will return to the parking area. Hearty hikers in the crowd have the option to add another mile (0.5 mi up and 0.5 mi back) to the Observation Deck/Tower and the spectacular 360-degree views. Besides the views, we’ll enjoy the high elevation yellow birch trees and maybe even some dazzling ice formations along the steep roadsides of the trail.
Meeting Place Directions:
Center of the parking lot on top of Brasstown Bald. Park near the individual restroom facilities (vault toilets) that are in the parking lot, not the large ones up near the store/office, as they will be locked. Brasstown Bald requires a parking pass. There is a drop box to pay a day user fee of $3 via an envelope, or you can display your Interagency/Golden Senior or Access Pass on the dash of your vehicle. The turn for Brasstown Bald is off GA 180 which runs between Hwy 19 and Hwy 75. The turn is 5.3 miles from Hwy 75 or 7.2 miles from Hwy 19. Use caution driving back down the steep paved road in winter and consider using engine braking if possible.
See meeting place on Google Maps
Distance and Difficulty:
4 or 5 miles; moderate
What to Bring and Wear:
Dress warmly in layers; plenty of water and a snack or lunch. Hiking poles highly recommended due to possibility of ice on the trail.
Cancellation: If Outing is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will notify you via email by 6:00 pm on the evening before.
Pet Policy: One pet per person welcome.
Participation Limit: 12
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