|Hopping off the AT onto a blue-blazed trail.|
|Canada mayflower was just one of many flowers in bloom on the lush Timber Ridge Trail.|
|Eying the swimming hole at the base of Big Laurel Falls.|
|Wood betony on the Beech Creek Trail.|
|From Standing Indian Mountain, looking across to Big Scaly Mountain where I'd been the day before.|
Day 1- From the Standing Indian Backcountry Information Booth, I hiked 3 miles up gravel FS 67, and turned onto the Bear Pen Trail for 2.5 miles to the AT. Then, I headed south for 1.2 miles on the AT past Big Butt Mountain. At Mooney Gap, I turned off the AT onto the FS road for about a mile to the Pickens Nose Trail. It was 0.7 miles to the rocky outcrop and viewpoint.
|Pickin' my nose on Pickens Nose. With views of Rabun Bald and Betty Creek Valley.|
I hopped off the AT and onto the Timber Ridge Trail, and 2.3 mile later, took the Big Laurel Falls Trail out and back (0.6 miles each way) to the falls. Back down at the FS road, took a left, for about 0.4 miles to the Beech Gap Trail. The Beech Gap Trail led back up 2.8 miles to Beech Gap, where I slept very well after 22 miles.
|Stealth campsite on the Beech Gap Trail right before Beech Gap. <note awesome new tarp with doors>|
Day 3- After another restful night in my hammock, I woke early and climbed Standing Indian in early morning light. Then I took the Lower Ridge Trail 4.1 miles back down to my car.
|Trillium along the Lower Ridge Trail.|