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About Mountain High Hikers

Mission:  The mission of the Mountain High Hikers is to promote and facilitate hiking activities in the Southern Appalachian area and encourage involvement in the maintenance of trails and conservation of forest environments.

Origination:  Mountain High Hikers originated from a course entitled “Hiking in the Blue Ridge” at the Institute for Continuing Learning, at Young Harris College in the winter of 1993. 28 folks attended the course, and that small group expanded throughout the years to over 185 members. Most members live in Towns, Union, and Fannin counties in Georgia, and Clay and Cherokee counties in North Carolina. Most are full time residents, but some only come up for a few weeks a year.

Hiking:   Mountain High Hikers sponsors several hikes every week to accommodate a variance in hiking skills. Prospective members and guests are invited to hike with us. Guidelines allow for 3 guest hikes before joining. Prospective members should attend a short hike first to determine which hiking level will work best. For further information, please review the Hiking Guidelines and Hike Calendar on this website.

Maintenance: Club members are very active in trail maintenance. Each month work trips are scheduled in both NC and GA. The club has been instrumental in the reopening of Chunky Gal Trail, open and blazing a new trail to Boteler Peak, and is working presently to get the entire Fires Creek trail system reopened. The club also maintains all of the trails leading to Brasstown Bald, Helton Creek Falls, High Shoals Falls, Cooper’s Creek Trails, and the Miller Trek at Brasstown Resort.

Special Events:  The club has quarterly combined business meetings and potluck dinners. Specialty events are also periodically planned. We are one of the largest hiking clubs attending Wilderness Wildlife Week in the Great Smoky Mountains each January, usually with over 40 members in attendance. The club has also organized hiking trips to Virginia, Mt. Mitchell, Yosemite, and the Swiss Alps.

In Summary:   Come play, hike, and trail maintain with us!

Hike Safely
You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:

1. With knowledge and gear. Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather, and your equipment before you start.

2. To leave your plans. Tell someone the trails you are hiking, the gear you are taking, when you will return, and your emergency plans.

3. To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person.

4. To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day.

5. For emergencies, even if you are headed out for just an hour. An injury, severe weather, or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.

6. To share the hiker code with others.

Hike Safely: It’s Your Responsibility.
The Hiker Responsibility Code was developed and is endorsed by the White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish and Game.


2016 Board (Officers & Committee Chairs)
President Tom Shope
Vice President Pam Sullivan
Secretary  BJ Foster
Treasurer Doug Yarns
Hike Planner Tom Sewell
Social  Candy Retter
Membership Frank Maloney
Publicity Barb Burnsworth
Webmaster Richard Sullivan
Trail Maintenance Clyde Burnsworth
Conservation Judie Kean
Past Pres. Michael O'Brien


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MHH goes to the Hike Inn

Dec 14-15

The Hike Inn is giving a great discount to MHH members. If you have ever entertained the idea of this popular event, now is the time to go.

The rate is: $85+tax for double occupancy and $58.50+tax for single occupancy. This price includes meals.

Please look over the Hike Inn site (www.hike-inn.com)  so your are familiar with the experience. This is a 5 mile hike to Len Foote Inn, stay overnight, then hike 5 miles back to the state park. We will be in winter conditions so take that into consideration. Many, many people do this hike and the lodge stays pretty full year-round so it is geared to the average hiker.

Everyone will need to make their own reservations. Please limit your reservation to members only + one guest to allow everyone a chance to participate. Once 20 rooms are full, we will be maxed out. Only 4 rooms are left.

Questions on how to register? Look at your Newsflash email or contact Pam Sullivan, pams11@tds.net


BMTA Membership meeting

  Nov 4-6,  2016

BMTA (Benton MacKaye Trail Association) Membership meeting Nov. 4-6  at the Tapoco Lodge in Robbinsville, NC. Check out the details in the BMTA monthly newsletter:  http://www.bmta.org/nl/BMTANewsletterMay2016.pdf.

You can make lodging arrangements now for the 2 nights here: http://tapocolodge.com/home/lodge-rooms-suites/

Mention the BMTA discount when making on line reservations.

Wine and Cheese Party at the Top of Siler Bald

Nov. 8th at 9 AM

Back by popular demand, this hike will be a special event. Bring your favorite beverage and appetizer to share with the group. No supplies are provided other than what you bring up so remember to bring a cup/ plate/ serveware and prepare to bring back whatever is not consumed (no sherpas will be provided).


SEFTC Winter Hiking Fest

Jan 18-22

SEFTC (Southeast Foot trails Coalition) Jan 18-22 2017 in Pigeon Forge. 4 days of hikes. Registration info will be forthcoming, but you can already get your rooms at a reduced rate at Music Road Inn - just give them a call. $64 mid-week, $74 weekend here at http://musicroadresort.com/



Rob and Kirsten Davis Grovetown, GA.
Joni Lee Suches, GA.
Ellen Hughes: Blairsville
Diane McCarter: Atlanta
Ken Cissna: Ellijay
Ken Newman: Brunswick
Gary and Susan Eggers: Hiawassee
Dee and Larry Catallo: Coral Springs, FL
Tom and Carolyn Sewell: Ellijay
John and Laurie Lander: New Smyrna Beach, FL
Mike Banick: Atlanta
Lois Phillips: Atlant



See Hike Planners page for Hike Leader Checklist,

Waiver & Release Form, and Personal First Aid Kit suggestions.



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