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Overview

Listed below are the scheduled activities of the BMTA for 2017.  Work trips will be held on the second Saturday of the month in Georgia and on the fourth Saturday in Tennessee/North Carolina.  Recreational outings (Fun Hikes) are planned on other weekends to avoid scheduling conflicts with work trips and are set up as hike leaders become available.  Videos of previous hikes can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/BentonMacKayeTrail.

All Are Welcome

The BMTA welcomes all who would like to participate in any scheduled activity.  Members and non-members alike are encouraged to join in; no experience is necessary.

Notes


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Recurring Monthly Events

  • 2nd Saturday - Georgia Work Trips - coordinated by Barry Allen
  • 4th Saturday - Tennessee/North Carolina Work Trips - coordinated by Ken Jones
  • At least two "Fun Hikes" each month - coordinated by Ken Cissna

Note: Some of these activities are considerable driving distances. Please contribute gas money to your driver when you carpool. Thank You!


Planned Activities for 2018
MonthDateLocation & Details
January  January 13 (Saturday) GA Work Trip: 
Where: Section 6, Fall Branch Falls
When: Saturday, January 13, 2018, 9:00 AM
Meet: The Iron Bridge Café and General store at 8:00 or Fall Branch Falls at 9:00
Plan for the day: Finish long-suffering re-route at Fall Branch Falls, clean water diversions
What to bring: Minimum 2 liters of water, long pants, boots, gloves and snack or lunch for the day.
Contact: Barry Allen at bmtabarry AT gmail.com or 770-294-7384
We were snowed out in December, but Fall Branch Falls is still there! We have just a few more steps to install, but we’ll need to haul in another timber or two. We also have about 50’ of trail to dig, and just up from the falls, we have a number of water diversions to spruce up for the wet months ahead.
We hope to finish the work by about 1:00 or so and send people on their way. (Rather than try to grill out for everyone as had been the plan for December, we’ll plan on something in the coming months when warmer weather comes our way.)
  January 15 (Monday) Hike: Cancelled 
  January 19 (Friday) Hike: BMT section 14a from Hwy 68 to Coker Creek and back to Hwy 68.  8 miles, moderately strenuous. Lunch at Coker Creek.
Contact hike leaders Clare and Ed Sullivan at clare7982 AT gmail.com or edsulli AT gmail.com
  January 30 (Tuesday) Hike: Brush Creek Trail.  7 miles, easy-moderate. Begins at Boyd Gap overlooking the upper Ocoee River put-in and descends through pine forest and passes some low-grade coal deposits. After two miles, the trail turns east and continues on the west side of Upper Ocoee Lake, with some great views of the lake.
Contact hike leader Hank Baudet at 706-946-4318 or geezer95 AT gmail.com
February  February 6 (Tuesday, 6:30pm) Class: Beginning Backpacking.  Travis Crouch, AT and BMT section hiker and owner of North Georgia Mountain Outfitters, will conduct a class for beginning backpackers and for anyone who would like a chance to benefit from his considerable experience. He will discuss backpacking techniques, equipment options, and strategies for a safe and enjoyable hiking. Later in the Spring, BMTA will conduct one or more beginning overnight hikes for the “graduates” of the class.
For further information or to register for the class, contact Ken Cissna at kcissna AT usf.edu or 706-636-1741 or Travis Crouch at travis AT hikenorthgeorgia.com or 706-698-4453.
The class will be conducted at North Georgia Mountain Outfitters, 14244 Hwy 515 N, Suite 1200 Ellijay, GA 30536; 706-698-HIKE(4453), approximately three miles north of Ellijay on highway 515. See http://www.hikenorthgeorgia.com.
  February 7 (Wednesday) Hike: BMT Kimsey Highway from Dry Gap to Thunder Rock Campground.  5.7 miles, moderate, mostly downhill. Long shuttle. Possibility of doing a “key exchange” if enough sign up. Spectacular hike along mostly a ridge. Kimsey “Highway” is a historic Indian Trail
Contact Hike Leaders Tom Sewell at SewellTom AT yahoo.com or by text to 706-669-6406 OR Tim Holby 828-361-4205.
  February 17 (Saturday) Hike: Wagon Train Trail – Brasstown Bald. Co-sponsored with Georgia Forest Watch  5 miles, easy-moderate. Two miles of gentle downhill to the overlook, and back, plus up to the tower if we’re feeling like that. Besides the views, we’ll be hoping for the spectacular ice formations on the trailside cliffs (if temperatures cooperate).
Contact hike leaders Sue Harmon of GFW suepharmon AT gmail.com or 770-540-3672 or Ken Cissna of BMTA at kcissna AT usf.edu or 706-636-1741.
  February 27-28 (Tuesday-Wednesday) Hike: Overnight Hike: Trip to Hike Inn.  5.1 miles, moderate – each day. Half price!!! BMTA members only.
For more details, contact hike leader Ken Cissna at kcissna AT usf.edu or 706-636-1741
March  March 3-4 (Saturday & Sunday). Hike: Beginning Backpack Hike on Amadahy Trail  2 mile hike each way, easy. Camping on the shore of Carter’s Lake. A chance to put into practice what you learned at the BMTA Beginning Backpacking class in February.
Contact hike leader Mike Pilvinsky at mikepilvinsky AT hotmail.com
  March 24 (Saturday). Hike: Boling Park/Etowah River –  5-7 miles, moderate. Almost entirely different trails than we enjoyed last year.
Contact hike leader Howard Baggett at howardeb AT windstream.net
  March 30 (Friday) Hike: Green Mountain Trail in Aska System Trails.  4 miles, easy, with moderate elevation gain and loss. Good views of Lake Blue Ridge. Short shuttle.
For further information, contact hike leader Hank Baudet at 706-946-4318 or Geezer95 AT gmail.com
April  April 7 (Saturday) Hike: BMT Section 4a from Skeenah Gap to Payne Gap, and back.  4.4 miles, moderate. An opportunity to hike with the section’s trail maintainer and amateur geologist (trail name “Rockman”) as you identify trees, flowers, birds, and rocks.
Contact Gilbert Treadwell at gilcraft AT etcmail.com or 404-660-4551
  April 16 (Monday) Hike: Goforth Creek Trail.  3 miles, easy. In and out. Leisurely hike along a scenic creek.
Contact Hike Leader Hank Baudet at geezer95 AT gmail.com or 706-946-4318



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