Outings

The WENOCA Group is pleased to offer the outings listed below. Our outings are open to both members and non-members. Come join us for a nice hike in the woods.

Note: All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. Prospective participants under the age of 18 will require a signature from a parent or guardian. If you would like to read the waiver before you choose to participate in an outing, refer to the national Sierra Club website.

Note: Jane Laping leads a series of introductary hikes of shorter length. Lisa McWherter leads the other hikes.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 – BLACK BALSAM-TENANT MTN HIKE. This is a Moderate 5 mile round trip hike with some great rock outcrops – one of my FAVORITE PLACES. Has beautiful panoramic views from two peaks which are above 6000 ft. Good footwear required, and be prepared for heavy winds on top. Consider hiking pole for rocky areas. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. This hike is for experienced hikers or those in good condition. Check w/ hike leader if wish to bring a doggie. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter atlisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, OCT 18 – BUCK SPRINGS TRAIL near Mt. Pisgah. A fairly easy 2.5 mile trail with a good climb on rock steps at the beginning and a few roots to navigate. We will stop at overlooks and historic sites, moving along at a casual pace. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, bring water and a lunch/snack and something to carry them in. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 AM and return by 4:00 PM. RSVP to hike leader Jane Laping at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 – Dupont State Forest: Cedar Rock & Burnt Mtn Trails. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. This hike is Moderate/Easy. Distance approx 5.5 miles round trip. This hike starts on Corn Mill Shoals trail, then to Burnt Mtn trail, which offers some interesting rocky areas. Back via Little River trail, and then to the top of Cedar Rock. There we’ll have some great rock outcrops & nice views of the surrounding mountains. Learn about the history of this area & how it came to be designated as park land; also about an adjacent area that is a super fund site).  Experienced hikers or well-conditioned folks only, due to the distance. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 – RATTLESNAKE LODGE FROM BULL GAP. A mostly easy 2.6 mile hike with several moderate switchbacks at the beginning to gain most of the 500 feet rise in elevation. The trail follows an old wagon road that leads to the remains of Rattlesnake Lodge, which burned in 1926. Wear sturdy footwear, dress in layers, bring water and a lunch or snack. This is hike #4 in the Introductory Hikes in the WNC Mountains Series. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 AM, return around 2:30 PM. RSVP to hike leader Jane Laping at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 – RAINBOW ROAD TO LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN IN MONTREAT. A mostly easy 4 mile hike on a wide trail with gradual elevation gain. There will be an option to climb the rocks to the top of Lookout Mountain for views of Montreat and Black Mountain. Wear sturdy footwear, dress in layers, bring water and a lunch or snack. This is the final hike in the Introductory Hikes in the WNC Mountains Series. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 AM, return around 3:30 PM. RSVP to hike leader Jane Laping at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 – AVERY CREEK/TWIN FALLS Trail in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. Easy, 4 mile round trip hike along Avery Creek to three waterfalls, possibly frozen! Wear sturdy footwear and dress in layers. Bring water and lunch or a snack. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 am and return about 4:00 pm. RSVP to hike leader Jane Laping at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.