Logo Boteler Peak, aka Shooting Creek Bald
Nantahala National Forest
All Text & Images:
Copyright (2017)

A nice fall hike from Perry Gap to Boteler Peak via the Chunky Gal Trail - October 2017.

We just have to start off with an image from our destination:

View_from_Boteler_North
~ The superb view north from Boteler Peak ~
It's been a strange year for foliage - on many trees the leaves turned brown and fell early; other trees still have green leaves;
while a few spots do show some decent color.   This view illustrates that entire range of foliage conditions.





Bike
Along the Chunky Gal Trail
It was weird to find this abandoned 1980s-era BMX bike next to the trail at 4400 ft. elevation.



Rock_Ledge
An interesting rock ledge just off the trail


Rhodo_tunnel
Passing through a rhododendron tunnel.


Foliage_view
This ridge was showing some nice foliage color.


Boteler_overlook
Enjoying the nice view


Boteler_foliage_view
A particularly colorful area


Boteler_Overlook
Climbing up the hard way!   lol


Burned_Peeled_Bark

Burnt, peeled bark from the 2016 wildfire.


Burned_Peeled_Bark



Chatuge_from_Boteler
Southern view (looking into the sun), Lake Chatuge and beyond...


Taking_a_pic
Probably taking the previous image


Garnetiferous_rock
Boteler's summit is composed of a garnetiferous rock


Quartz_in_rock
Much of the rock also has large quartz inclusions.


Big_Rhodo_trunk
A huge, misshapen (but colorful) dead rhododendron trunk


Rhodo-burl
Detail


Shadow
Shadow monster holding a bouquet.


Chatuge_overlook
Wine & snacks at Boteler's summit.


Burnt_summit
This area was the epicenter of Fall 2016's Boteler Wildfire.


Burnt_summit
Much of the shrub and tree cover was killed by the fire,
but many of the rhododendrons are growing back from the roots.



Burnt_Rhodo



Burnt_trees_Sun
Afternoon sun shining through the burnt vegetation



View_from_Boteler_South
Another southern view, with Bell Knob and part of Lake Chatuge visible.


Windmill
I don't know the history of this "windmill", but have seen photos of it over the years.
It has fallen into the trees, presumably as a result of the 2016 fire.



Color_along_trail
Some color showing along the trail on our return.



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