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.

Also of Note: Jane Laping is leading a series of Introductary hikes of shorter length. Scroll down for more information.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 – Splashing Waterfall Hike! (Splashing is optional!). Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 4:00 or 4:30. Distance is approx 4 miles round trip, rated as mostly Easy w/ some Moderate. John Rock area. Cat Gap Loop Trail to Butter Gap Trail (following Grogan Creek). Offers 2 nice waterfalls. There will be a splashing opportunity (self-splashing only, please!) on Butter Gap trail’s waterfall. Kids that do hiking are welcome w/accompanying parent/guardian (with signed liability waiver). NOTE: There are optional trails (very short) to reach the base of the falls, but they are steep and possibly muddy. Makes good footwear essential, and may be hiking poles as well. Please contact Hike leader if any questions, or if you’d like to bring one well-behaved doggie. Hike leader: Lisa McWherter, lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

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.  Check w/ hike leader if wish to bring a doggie. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994. 

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 6 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. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. Experienced hikers only. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter atlisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

Introductory Hikes in the WNC Mountains

Outings leader, Jane Laping, will lead a series of hikes to introduce novice hikers to the mountains of Western North Carolina this fall. The hikes will have an educational component and cover basic hiking topics such as what to wear, what to take, how to read a compass, and how to use hiking poles. The series will include one hike each month for five months, each one a little longer than the previous one.  The hikes will be easy, on mostly smooth surfaces with only slight elevation gain and will be to a destination such as a waterfall, historic site, or outstanding view. Hikers will be encouraged to join with other hikers to practice their skills during the month.

Let Jane (janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-277-7342) know that you are interested in participating in one or more hikes and your name will be entered in a drawing to win a Sierra Club backpack. A good way to get ready for the first hike in August is to work up to walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week. The tentative hike schedule and approximate length of each hike is below. More details will follow.

Saturday, August 23, 10:00 am        1 – 2 miles

Saturday, September 27, 10:00 am      1 – 2 miles

Saturday, October 18, 10:00 am,     2 – 3 miles

Saturday, November 1, 10:00 am    2 – 3 miles

Saturday, December 6, 10:00 am    3 – 4 miles