April 22, 2017, Till Ridge Cove, Trillium Grandiflorum, Rabun County

Posted under: Northeast Georgia .

Field Trip Leader: Clayton Webster

Meet:  10:00am, Ingles Parking Lot, 176 US 441, Clayton, GA. Ingles is on the right as you head north on US 441, just after passing the turn offs for US 76 east and west, and passing Wendy’s and Burger King. We will carpool to Patterson Gap off of Betty’s Creek Road due to limited parking at the trailhead.

Description:  This hike has two options. Number 1 – We will hike from 3,323 foot Patterson Gap to Till Ridge Cove to see the spectacular display of trillium grandiflorum in this rich cove. We should also see nearly two dozen other spring ephemerals in bloom, including showy orchis, Mayapples, star chickweed, bluets, foam flower, wild geraniums, and Solomon seal.   Those who return to Patterson Gap will have a little less than two mile round trip. Number 2 – Those who would like to continue on up to 4,169 foot Nichols Gap to eat lunch will enjoy great views down into the Betty’s Creek Valley and across and up to Pickens Nose, 5,007 Ridgepole Mountain, and 5,280 foot tall Albert Mountain. These hikers will have covered a little over five miles.

Note 1: You will have to decide which option you want to choose at our meeting point for carpool assignments.

Note 2: This area was included in the Rock Mountain fire last fall, so we are not sure how that has affected the spring wildflowers.

Bring:  Water, lunch, bug spray, and rain gear

Facilities: None except at meeting place.

Walking difficulty: Option one is easy. Option two is moderate. Trail is not regularly maintained.

Group limit: 20 due to parking limitations

Registration: Sign up so carpools can be determined

Contact:  Clayton Webster webs4740@bellsouth.net  404-633-8955 Home 678-925-1091 Cell (day of hike)