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.

Let's begin with an image from our eventual 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.



Hightower-High_Cove_Ridge
One more view to the south, into the high country of the Southern Nantahala Wilderness Area
Hightower Bald is the high peak on the left, with the summits along High Cove Ridge stretching off to the right (west).



Color_along_trail
Some color showing along the trail on our return.



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