Drive to Trailhead & Trail Guide - Wesser Bald

Drive Guide - Wesser Bald FROM Siler Bald (W4C/WM-024)

  • Duration: 0:35
  • Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/7iAQv
  • Seasonal/Limited Access:
  • Directions:
    • Head NE on Wayah Rd (left, out of the parking lot driveway) and go 13.6
      • You are heading away (farther west) from USFS-69.
    • R on Otter Creek Rd (1365) and go 4.0.
      • Note: Bear L at Vestal Cochran Rd at 1.3 to stay on Otter Creek Rd (1365)
      • Turns to dirt at 2.7
    • Park at timber-walled pull-out under high power lines

Drive Guide - Wesser Bald TO Atlanta

  • Duration: 2:50 (it is 0:25 from Wesser Bald to NC-28)
  • Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/gVjNq
  • Seasonal/Limited Access: There is a funtional gate on this road. It may be closed in bad weather.
  • Directions:
    • Head NE (continue the way you were driving when you arrived from Siler Bald) and go 8.1
      • At 3.6 you’ll keep L on 1365, which is now called Tellico Rd.
      • At 4.4, the road becomes paved
      • At 7.9, keep L as Tellico Rd turns L and crosses river
    • R on NC-28 S (unmarked T) and go 10.1
    • S on Riverview/Depot St and go 2.2
    • R on Wayah St at T and go 0.7
    • S/L on Business US-441
    • Follow Business/regular US-441 S as it turns for 13 miles
    • S on US-23 S and go 9.3
    • R on US-23 S and go 11
    • R on US-23 S and go 40
    • S on I-985 and go 23.7
    • S on I-85 S and go 16.4
    • I-285 W

Trail Guide

  • Duration:
    • via abandoned road: 1.0 miles, 0:50 up; 0:25 DOWN
    • via AT 1.4 miles, 0:45 down
  • Navigation: You have two choices. Both depart to your left, facing the direction you drove in:
    • Follow the AT north from the gap road for 1.4 miles to the tower.
    • Follow the dirt road north from the gap for about the same.
    • The dirt road is 0.4 shorter and not particularly tough. If you take the trail, watch for the short side trail to your R (to the tower) when you reach the summit.
  • Trailhead altitude: about 3897
  • Summit altitude: 4627
  • GPS tracks/waypoints:
    • Trailhead: 35.26791,-83.57247
    • Summit: 35.2771,-83.5774

Summit Guide

  • Hang antenna from tree:
  • Space to guy mast:
  • Cell coverage (2015): Verizon = yes; AT&T = no
  • Unique features: Big 30’ tower/platform you can climb.