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. Hope you can make it for some or all of these. Please sign up with hike leader to join in on the hike.
SATURDAY, OCT 15 – DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE HIKE via Mountains-to-Sea Trail. We’ll take a beautiful stretch of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 (location TBA) and return around 5:45. Distance is approx 6 miles round trip, rated as mostly Moderate with some Easy. We hike a moderate (not fast) pace, and take occas rest breaks. This hike offers an unusually beautiful section of firs & spruce, as well as some spectacular views (which will hopefully feature some colorful foliage). When we reach our high point, Devil’s Courthouse, we’ll view mountains in 3 other states if we have a clear day. Also, there will be an opportunity to learn about the trees there, and possibly some birds if they choose to sing and show themselves. There is somewhere around 500ft elevation change, and the trail is rather rugged, with intermittent tree roots and an occasional 10” step/rock. Makes good footwear essential, and maybe hiking poles as well. Experienced hikers only. Please contact hike leader to sign up, or for any questions/concerns; Lisa McWherter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-713-4994.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17- 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 email@example.com or 828-772-0379.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9: DANIEL RIDGE – Moderate 4 mile loop hike in Pisgah Forest near the Fish Hatchery has a nice 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 4:00 pm. RSVP to leader at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-772-0379.
SATURDAY, NOV 19 – Hike to the top of John Rock. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 & return around 5:30. Moderate/Easy Loop hike, approx 5 miles long, with elevation gain at approx 1000 ft. This is a beautiful area to hike through. Near the top there is a large smooth rock outcrop, which offers a nice view of the surrounding area, including Looking Glass Rock. The trail also offers a lovely waterfall which is on an optional side-trail. There will be learning opportunities related to fragile stream habitat & on some indicators of water purity. This hike recommended for experienced hikers, or talk with hike leader. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at email@example.com or 828-713-4994.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9: 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 talk about the reason the hemlocks are dying in this area. Meet at 10:00 am in Asheville and return around 4:00 pm. RSVP to hike leader, Jane, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-772-0379.
SUNDAY, DEC 11 – Hike to Lookout Mtn at Montreat – Via the Lookout Mountain & Rainbow Rd Trails. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 a.m. & return around 5:00 p.m. Moderate/Easy hike, approx 5.5 miles on this loop hike. We will start by going up hill on the beautiful Lookout Mtn Trail, going to the rock outcrops which offer some beautiful vistas of neighboring mountains. The trail is steep toward the top; recommend hiking poles & good footwear. After the summit, the hike will follow the Rainbow Rd Trail, which provides a more gradual descent. There will be learning opportunities regarding the impact of the loss of hemlocks on the streams, along with some information on conservation. This hike is for experienced hikers, or one can contact the hike leader with questions/concerns. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at email@example.com or 828-713-4994.
SATURDAY, JAN 15 — 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-713-4994.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20: CORN MILL SHOALS. DuPont Forest is a favorite location for hikers and this easy to moderate loop trail is my favorite in DuPont. We will hike up and over the granite slabs of Cedar Mountain for a total of 5 miles and 700 foot elevation gain and learn about the geology of the area. Meet at 10:00 am in Asheville and return around 4:00 pm. RSVP to hike leader, Jane, at email@example.com or 828-772-0379.