Sat, Feb 11 2012 - Tray Mtn from Andrews Cove (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Dorothea, Kristi
Participants:Dorothea, Allan, Rachel L, Jim, Olin S

Write Up:
The hike turned out very well, although the icy wind kept us moving. We finished the hike in 4.5 hours. The sun shone all day and was very welcome for lunch. Perhaps some of you know the spot. At the summit of Tray, it is possible to scramble down the rocks (in the direction of Yonah) to a little clearing that is out of the wind and in the sun. Even so, we didn't linger. We went as far as the lookout, couldn't see Standing Indian for all the snowy clouds, although Rabun Bald was visible. There was snow on the trail at the higher altitude, but it was in the form of tiny ice pellets. We got back to the cars at 2:30, regretted the waste of daylight but no one made a fuss when we decided to go eat instead. This qualified as a winter hike despite the Georgia sun, which just could not compete with the wind. By the way, the weatherman, as usual, greatly exaggerated the bad weather. Still I am glad we didn't go on Siler Bald. The wind might have swept us into the next county!  We ate at the Nanahoochee Grill in Helen and then drove home in daylight.  --Dorothea