BMTA ACTIVITY CALENDAR
BMTA normally schedules four or five hikes per month, some “leisure” hikes that are shorter and easier and some 5 to 8 miles and of moderate difficulty. In addition, we have occasional backpacking hikes and more difficult ones that might be called “hardy hikes.” Occasionally we co-sponsor hikes with other organizations. Some, but not all, of our hikes are “dog friendly.” Although more hikes are in Georgia than the other states, you will find hikes in all three BMT states: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Annual Meeting / Hikes Registration
EACH PERSON REGISTERING FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING AND / OR
REGISTERING FOR A HIKE MUST COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW.
(ONE form to be completed per person attending)
DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR A HIKE IS OCTOBER 31, 2020
All BMTAer’s attending the Annual Meeting need to register for the meeting. Please use the “yes” / “no” checkboxes to indicate if you will attend the meeting. If you’re hiking, please complete the rest of the form. If you’re only planning to attend the Annual Meeting and you’re not planning on hiking, please scroll down and enter your name / email / phone and use the Submit button.
Hikers must pre-register for the hike they want to do no later than October 31. You can select and submit your choices below … or … you can email your first, second, and third choices to email@example.com. Use the subject line “Annual Meeting Hike Preferences” and put your choice(s) in the body of the email as well as if you will be attending the Annual Meeting. Assignments will be made on a first come, first served.
There is a limit of 10 hikers per hike and BMTA Members have Priority.
All hikes will depart from the Lakeside Pavilion at Vogel where the Annual Meeting is being held once the meeting and BYO lunch are completed—about 1:00pm.
HIKE A – WONDERFUL WATERFALLS
Hike Leader: Darcy Douglas / Under 3 miles, easy.
This short hike involves several waterfalls, two at DeSoto State Park and another at Helton Creek—both locations are just a short drive from Vogel.
HIKE B – WAGON TRAIN TRAIL FROM BRASSTOWN BALD
Hike Leader: George Owen / About 4 miles, easy to moderate.
Out to the second overlook, from which position you can look back at Brasstown Bald and Tower.
HIKE C – BEAR HAIR TRAIL
Hike Leader: Steve Dennison / About 4 miles, moderate difficulty.
This hike departs from the parking lot adjacent to the Vogel Ranger Station. Requires more change of elevation (up and down) than hikes #A and #B. View of Vogel State Park’s Lake Trahlyta.
HIKE D – BMT – SWINGING BRIDGE SECTION
Hike Leaders: Mike Pilvinsky and Ken Cissna /5 miles, moderate.
From the parking lot on FS 816, hike up Toonowee Mountain to summit and beyond to where the trail starts down the other side. Then back and down to the Swinging Bridge over the Toccoa River, and back to cars.
HIKE E – FROM TESNATEE GAP TO WOLF LAUREL TOP
Hike Leader: Tom Sewell / 4.6 miles, moderate to strenuous.
Great hike with multiple vistas.
BMTA members and guests must recognize there are risks and responsibilities involved and be willing to assume these risks. In order to participate, members and guests are required to sign a waiver of liability at the beginning of each BMTA event. If the parent does not accompany a minor, the disclaimer for minors must be signed in advance. If I bring a dog on a “dog friendly” hike, I accept sole responsibility for the behavior of my dog.