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.

Fri-Sun, July 11-13  CAMPING TRIP Montreat Campground, $20 per night per site for 4 adults with up to 2 tents; add $8 for each additional tent. Contact: Lisa McWherter, lisamcw2@gmail.com, 828-713-4994 or Jane Laping, janelaping@sbcglobal.net, 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 – DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE HIKE via Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. Distance is approx 6 miles round trip, rated as Moderate/Easy. It is a there-and-back hike, taking a beautiful stretch of Mountains-to-Sea trail, starting where it crosses Black Balsam Rd & ending at the Courthouse (short distance on a connector trail), then returning via the same route. This hike is mostly shaded with evergreens, offering refuge from the sun. Also offers a few nice vistas along the trail. When we reach our high point, Devil’s Courthouse, provided we have good visibility, we’ll view mountains in 3 other states. Also, an opportunity to learn about the ravens which are often seen from the rock outcrops along the trail, and learn to identify them by their calls. There is somewhere around 500ft elevation change, and the trail is rather rugged, with intermittent tree roots and 10” steps/rocks. Makes good footwear essential, and maybe hiking poles as well. Sorry no dogs this hike due to rugged terrain. Experienced hikers only. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter atlisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

JULY 11-13 CAMPING TRIP (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) – Tentatively planned for Montreat Campground, which is a beautiful family campground offering shady trees & rhododendrons. Most sites offer some privacy & are within hearing distance of a mountain creek. This trip includes opportunities for hiking as well as wading in the creeks. Those who’d like to share a site can usually be put in a site with other(s).

COSTS: The charge is $20.00 per night per site for 4 adults with up to 2 tents or a family with up to 2 tents; add $8.00 for each additional tent. Then add sales tax, plus a $1 community services fee per adult per night. NOTE: Each site must be paid for for BOTH nights per Montreat reg’s. However, it might be possible for folks to trade-off on nights at a given site.

CONTACTS: Please contact outings leaders for more info & to sign up. Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994, or Jane Laping at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.