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Hike - Bob Stratton Bald/Hangover - Fri., May 12, 2017 (MOVED TO JUNE 2)

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017 (MOVED to JUNE 2)
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
Distance: 6 or 12 miles
Rating: Moderate or Difficult
Driving Time: 1.5 hours
Elevation Gain: Approx. 900 feet
Leader: John Winn 865-824-6200
Bob Stratton Bald is a classic southern mountain bald located off the Cherohala Skyway at an elevation of 5360 feet with views of the Unicoi Mountains as well as the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Area. Hangover is a rocky promitory three plus rugged miles beyond Bob Stratton Bald.  It offers one of the best mountain views in all of East TN. You can see both peaks from the Tellico Parkway as you head south down the hill near Sequoyah Drive.
The drive up the Cherohola Skyway will take care of most of the elevation gain; however, there is one steep section on the walk to Bob Stratton Bald where we will climb about 800 feet in one mile. We will have lunch at the Bald.  After lunch we are planning for many hikers to turn around.
For those who may want to continue, we will have an optional extended hike to Hangover Lead, 12.3 miles round trip.  Hangover Lead is a difficult rocky hike on a ridgeline, but the view is one of the best in East TN.  You can see  the Little Tennessee River Valley from Santeetlah Lake near Robbinsville to the 411 bridge in Vonore.  The portion of Hwy. 129 known as The Dragon runs through the valley far below and the Smokies stretch out in the distance in the center of the view.