AT Geogia Segment 1 Day 1 Hike
Springer Mountain to Hawk Mtn Shelter (7.8 miles)
DAY 1 - Our group of 5 (myself Ron, my son Stacey, and
friends Joe, Jill, and Eddie) self-shuttled by parking cars at specific
gaps. Since this was our first AT hike we wanted to have extra dry
clothes , water, and resupply food to try and reduce our
already heavy backpacks. Even with that, we varied between
30 and 35+ pound packs in our group. We still vary on opinion
about self shuttling, but in my opinion it costs too much in time to
self shuttle, especially whith just a few days available. It is
also true that had we not self-shuttled, my son and I would have been
in for two extra miseerable nights as we used hammocks and tried to get
by with thin liners the first night on Springer Mtn. Needless to
say for my son and muyself our first night on Springer Mtn was
miserable and we were glad we had a car with our supplies and sleeping
bags at a gap before our next night.
am including out start from the trailhead parking to Springeer Mountain
Shelter as part of day 1, although it is only about 1 mile to Springer
Mountain Shelter. We had no problem with parking and although the hike
up to Springer was just
abaout one mile, it was extremely steep and
difficult. For those arriving to start their hike in the afternoon,
this trailhead is an excellent option,.
group of five, Stacey, Joe, Jill, Eddit, and myself (Ron) with camp
setup and ready to build a fire. The Southern Terminus marker
built into the rock is near what would be a fantastic view on a clear
day. Unfortunately, this day was
a little cloudy, but for us Florida
flatlanders, still provided a beautiful start to our fist day of our
first segment of the Appalachain Trail.
7.8 mile hike from Springer to Hawk Mtn shelter was difficult for our
first full day, providing varied wooded views. Here we reach Hawk Mtn
shelter where there are plenty of areas around the shelter to setup
tents as well as trees
to use our hammocks. Eddie sits with
a guy I secretly nicknamed "Duck Dynasty Man". We met quite a few
overnight hikers that we leap-frogged each day and eventually ended up
with at each shelters.
Meeting other overnight campers was one of the many highlights of our adventure.