Outings 2017-2018

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.

Below are the upcoming hikes for the next few months. Please sign up with hike leader to join in on the hike.

WEDNESDAY, OCT 4: ARBORETUM HIKE. Short but scenic hike on several trails at the NC Arboretum, including Owl Ridge Trail. Approximately 3.3 miles and 400′ elevation gain, most of which is at the beginning. Our pace will average about 2 mph, and we will take time to rest, and to stop and look at wildflowers. Please let hike leader know if you have an Arboretum Membership pass & can take a few riders with you. Due to the admission requirement for parking, this hike is limited to 2 vehicles (8 people), unless additional members are coming. Hikers should wear shoes with good tread, bring at least 1 liter of water, rain gear, and a lunch. Please contact hike leader to sign up, or for any questions/concerns; Diane Bauknight (dbauknight@gmail.com).

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 – BLACK BALSAM & TENANT MTN Hike. This is a Moderate 5-6 mile round trip hike with some great rock outcrops – one of my FAVORITE PLACES. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30 or 6:00. Has beautiful panoramic views from the top of two balds which are each above 6000 ft. Good footwear required, and be prepared for heavy winds on top. Consider hiking poles for rocky areas. This hike is for experienced hikers or those in good condition. There will be learning opportunities related to what wilderness designation means and what it could do for this area. Also, re what created this bare area, & perhaps some wildflower & bird id. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20- RAINBOW ROAD IN MONTREAT. A mostly easy 4-mile in and out hike on a wide trail with gradual elevation gain. Leaf color should be close to peak and we will talk about what factors affect it. Wear sturdy footwear, dress in layers, bring water and a lunch or snack. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 AM, return around 3:30 PM. RSVP to leader at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th – BUCK SPRING TRAIL. Join us for this early November high elevation hike from the Pisgah Inn to US Hwy 276. Approximately 6.2 miles (one-way) with car shuttle. Moderate with minimal elevation gain, but mostly follows the contour. Buck Spring Trail is also designated the Mountains to the Sea Trail along this route. We’ll learn about the developing forest Plan for the Pisgah District. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY, NOV 11: CEDAR ROCK & BURNT MTN TRAILS in Dupont State Forest. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. This hike is Moderate/Easy. Distance approx 5.5 miles round trip. The hike starts at 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.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14th – COONTREE LOOP. This moderate 3.7 mile loop trail begins and ends at the Coontree Picnic area on Hwy 276 near Brevard. A perfect mid-November outing along Coontree Creek. The leaves will be gone, but we’ll learn some common winter-time tree identification. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY, DEC 2: CAESAR’S HEAD Hike, in S Carolina. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. Great views from Caesar’s Head & some small but nice waterfalls on the trails. Mostly Easy & with Moderate level difficulty. Approx 5 miles round trip. More hike details to come. We will learn a few things about winter tree I.D., and possibly bird I.D. by their songs. 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 (if roads are open). RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th – GREENLAND CREEK TRAIL. There are at least 3 waterfalls planned on this trip, with an option by unanimous consent to hike a little further for an additional waterfall. There may be some early wildflowers. We will learn about unique features, and how the tract was acquired by the US Forest Service. Plan for an all-day trip for the estimated 5 mile hike and 3 hours round trip driving time. Experienced hikers only. Good hiking shoes/boots required. Hiking poles encouraged. Call trip leader for details. Leader – David Reid, 828-713-1607. daviddbreid@charter.net.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6th – NEW YEAR’s MONTREAT LOOP. Join us for this short moderate loop trail in Montreat near Black Mountain. We’ll take parts of Greybeard, Harry Bryan and Julia Woodward trails. Learn about the conservation efforts of the Montreat Conference Center, and how its land abuts other important protected areas. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY, JAN 27: LOVELY STRETCH of MTNS to SEA TRAIL, from Chestnut Cove Overlook to Bent Creek Gap, Approx 5.2 miles R.T. Mostly Easy with some Moderate (largely due to tree roots & rocks, not elevation). Meet in Asheville at 10:30 & return around 3:30. This is a FAVORITE WINTER HIKE of mine, being that the trail moves away from the busy road, & it is Bike-Free, making it a mostly quiet place. Also, because there is very interesting terrain, and it is largely sheltered from cold winds. Features tunnels formed from Laurels & Rhododendrens. Opportunity for some winter tree ID, and perhaps bird I.D. (by their songs). This trail is accessible from Bent Creek Rd, if the Parkway is closed. Hiking poles recommended for a small creek crossing. RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.