Added by Keaton Poe
This peaceful, yet demanding hike encompasses a variety of beautiful settings, including views of Corbus Lake, Steel Mountain, the Trinities, and the Sawtooths.
Soon after driving past James Creek Summit while heading towards Atlanta, a sign with 'Corbus Lake' written on it should appear on the uphill side of the road. The beginning of a small trail should be right beside it. Hike up this trail through some dead trees until you reach the top of the first ridge. At this point, split from the trail and head south towards Bald Mountain, for the trail would only lead you in the opposite direction. Hike uphill, parallel with a small creek there, and cross it in a spot where there is either snow or fallen trees. Find a good area to descend the next major ridge, and there you should find Corbus Lake. Then, head southeast and hike to the top of the steep ridge there. Continue up the ridgeline to the top of Bald Mountain, and find the small glass jar with a paper inside. Sign your name and date on the sheet, but be careful not to lose it in the wind. From here, you just need to hike down along the other ridge toward where the hike began. If there is still some snow present, you can have fun sliding your way down!
The hike itself was very beautiful, and its reward was well worth the effort. Corbus Lake was truly a gem, for few other lakes can compare to the water's crystal clarity. The top of Bald Mountain was also impressive; I could see all the places I know and love. The view of Bald Mountain's neighbor, Steel Mountain, was also a sight to behold. The mountain was covered with various wildflowers, and I encountered a few deer on my way back. However, the best part of the trip was sliding down the snow on the northern ridge. It felt refreshing after a long day of hiking.
This hike doesn't demand very much in terms of supplies, but I would recommend the following:
- Multiple layers of clothing
- Something to cover your ears (It gets windy)
- Fishing pole (Although you may catch nothing; I didn't see or catch any fish)
- New pencil and paper for the jar
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