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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.


2019  Board (Officers & Committee Chairs)
President Evelin Yarns
Vice President Kim Blankenship
Secretary  Sue Astley
Treasurer Sandy Jersey
Hike Planner Cindy Sullivan
Social  Tim Holby
Membership Margie Hornsby
Publicity Laurie Colombo
Webmaster Richard Sullivan
Trail Maintenance Clyde Burnsworth
Conservation Kim Blankenship
Past Pres. Richard Sullivan


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Winter Hike Week  Jan 23 - 27, 2019

Winter Hike Week (formerly the SEFTC) will continue in their free guided hikes in the Smokies.

Make discounted reservations at the Music Road Inn in Pigeon Forge for Jan. 23-27 2019, 4 nights by calling 844-993-9644 (group reservations #3). Rooms include hearty breakfast - $76 per night for king or 2 queens.

The MHH site will be updated as more info comes in.  Questions? Ask Pam Sullivan, Darcy Douglas or George Owen.


Wilderness Wildlife Week in the Smokies, May 7-11 2019

This has always been a popular event with MHH. Book a room in Pigeon Forge (Willowbrook Lodge and Bear Crossings are closest to the LeConte Convention Center where all the events are) and pay for your meals. All else is provided - assorted guided hikes, bus tours, transportation to hikes, wildlife conferences, local music and folklore. Great time to hike, see wildflowers and wildlife in mild temps before the hordes descend on the area.
Check out what last year's program was like and see any new information for 2019: https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/wilderness-wildlife-week





Keith Paulk
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Rebecca Keller
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