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 5-6 mile hikes.

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, DECEMBER 20 – EAST FORK OF PIGEON RIVER Trail. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. This hike is Moderate/Easy, with a distance approx 5 to 5 1/2 miles round trip. The hike follows the beautiful, rushing Pigeon River, but mostly it is in some beautiful & quiet woods. Be prepared for a few muddy places, wearing good footwear & considering a hiking pole. Learn about how the course of the river changes over time, as it carves through rock in some places, and then widens & creates sandy areas in others. Learn about areas that are designated “Wilderness”, too. Speaking of which, this trail goes into the Shining Rock Wilderness, so only 10 folks are allowed in a group. Hence, please cancel ahead if your plans change. Sorry no doggies on this hike. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015 – Save the date. LOCATION TBA. Location not yet confirmed, but in any case we will plan a hike that is moderate-to-easy & about 5 miles in length. (Hike leader is researching the desired location, for which we need permission for a group to enter.) Please contact hike leader Lisa McWherter for more info, atlisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

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.