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.

 LISA & JANE’S HIKES FOR SAT FEB 28 ARE BEING COMBINED INTO ONE HIKE. Time & trail location have changed as well. We are now planning to hike a nice section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, with exact location to be decided after checking Parkway road conditions on Friday.  Details:

Date:                   Saturday, Feb 28

Length:                Approx 5 miles

Level of difficulty:  Mostly “Easy” hiking (which is not to be confused with ”a stroll in the woods” (having rougher terrain & better pace)) 

Meeting time:       12 noon

Return time:          Around 4:00

Meeting Place.     To be communicated to those who sign up 

Other:                  Plan to eat lunch/brunch beforehand. We’ll have a brief snack break on trail

Please contact Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com (713-4994) or Jane Laping at janelaping@sbcglobal.net (277-7342 or 772-0379) if you have questions or would like to sign up. Those who have already signed up, please consider that you are still signed up.

SATURDAY, FEB 28: COVE CREEK/CANEY BOTTOM. A pleasant, easy to moderate, 4.6 mile loop hike near Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest.  The trail follows a stream part of the way and a short side trail leads to Cove Creek falls.  We will learn about the importance of streams for providing drainage. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring water and a lunch or snack. Meet at 10:00 am in Asheville and return around 4:00 pm. RSVP to hike leader, Jane Laping, at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, FEB 28: CAESAR’S HEAD, RAVEN CLIFF FALLS AREA in S Carolina. Moderate/Easy hike, approx 6.5 miles round trip. More hike details to come. We will learn more about some of the birds that winter here, including recordings of their songs. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 6:00. Be prepared for $2.00/person park admission fee. NOTE if there is snow we will come up with an alternate hike that’s closer to Asheville, as long as the roads are open. RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14: DANIEL RIDGE. A moderate 4-mile loop hike in Pisgah Forest near the Fish Hatchery follows the creek and finishes with an amazing waterfall at the end. We will learn about the history of logging in the area. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring water and a lunch or snack. Leave Asheville at 10:00 am and return by 3:00 – 4:00 pm. RSVP to leader, Jane Laping, at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21: Hike at Green River Gamelands, Mostlly Pullium Creek Trail. Meet at 10:00 in Asheville. Back around 5:45. Moderate with some easy level of difficulty. Approx 6 miles R.T. on this there & back trail with elevation gain of 900 ft. It’s a beautiful trail that ends up at the Green River just below the narrows, with rapids moving through large boulders. On the way there, there’s a tedious creek crossing with wiggly step-stones, so wear good footwear & consider a hiking pole. Plan to learn about the beautiful early-blooming wildflowers there as well. NOTE: Sorry, no doggies this trip due to Pullium Creek crossing. Hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11: GRAYBEARD FALLS. A breathtaking, moderate to difficult 5 mile in and out hike along a rocky stream with 10 dry-foot water crossings in Montreat. We will examine the abundant and diverse wildflowers on this trail and enjoy lunch by the waterfall. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring water and a lunch or snack. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 am and return by 3:00. RSVP to leader, Jane Laping, at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18: 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.