Wednesday–March 24, 2021
We had a grand time (at) Under the Hemlocks last evening–visiting with friends from Dahlonega and Alabama. Jeremiah and Tori brought venison burgers and brauts–more than enough for all. Rain was forecast to come in but held off until the evening was over.
We’re up, loaded, and gone well before first light. It’s a half-hour drive back to Cherrylog at US-76 where I ended my hike yesterday. If I can get back on trail early, I’ll be able to complete the hike today fairly early. I’m out and hiking just after eight–yippee!
From US-76 the trail follows CR-128 before entering private property. There’s a locked gate, the property posted with the usual “No Trespassing” signs. But an exception is made for hikers–written with Sharpie, “HIKERS ONLY.”
Past the gate the climb begins, continuing all the way to the summit of Rocky Mountain, an elevation increase of 2,000 feet. There’s plenty of evidence that Hurricane Zeta made it up to Georgia, lots of blowdowns. It’s nothing short of amazing the work that’s been done to clear the trail.
After gaining Rocky Mountain the trail makes a near-continual 1,000 foot descent to Fall Branch Falls. Barry has hiked up to join me near the falls and we hike the road walk together down to the old Shallowford Bridge, where we enjoy supper at the Iron Bridge Cafe and General Store.
While I was doing my hike today, Barry scouted around and located the perfect place to spend the night, Skeena Creek Mill, Camp Skeena Creek.
Rain had been forecast but held off. Another fine hiking day–Odyssey 2021, Bama to Baxter – Hike On…
When preparing to climb a mountain
pack a light heart