AT Geogia Segment 1 Day 2 Hike
Hawk Mtn Shelter to Gooch Mtn Shelter (7.3 miles)
DAY 2 - Our hike bagan at Hawk Mtn Shelter and we trekked a
very difficult 7.3 miles to Gooch Mtn Shelter, making it by late
afternoon and extremely tired. We made it to Gooch Mtn in plenty
of time to setup camp and
relax before sunset, but the difficulty of
this hike led us to believe that 7 to 8 miles with 30+ pound backpacks
was just about all we cared to do for future planning, unless we can
lightnen our load or the terrain is much less difficult.
This day's hike had much more varied terrain with areas of lush forest along with the usual steep descnents and climbs.
green forest canopy was very bright and over the course of this hike we
crossed several streams. Water supply was never an issue during this
May 16, 2015 hike.
crossing this bridge over a large stream, we eventually maede it to
Long Creek Falls, which is just before the climb to Gooch Mtn shelter.
Long Creek falls is a beautiful area with large rocks to rest and
regain your energy before
heading up to Gooch Mountain.
the large Black Snake in the center of the picture, one of our few
wildlife encounters of the hike. The large knowhole in this tree
definately caught our attention as well.