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.

CONTACTS: Please contact outings leaders for more info & to sign up. Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, JULY 25 – Splashing Waterfall Hike! (Splashing is optional!). John Rock area. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 4:00. Cat Gap Trail to Butter Gap Trail (following Grogan Creek). Moderate/easy, approx 4 miles R.T. on this there & back hike. Offers 2 nice waterfalls. There will be a splashing opportunity (self-splashing only, please!) on Butter Gap trail’s waterfall. We’ll have opportunities to learn some wildflowers, and also to gain understanding of protection of fragile stream side habitat. 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 RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 – Warren Wilson River Trail – Easy, approx 4 miles R.T. on this there & back hike. This shady trail follows a nice section of the Swannanoa River. There will be an OPTIONAL SPLASHING OPPORTUNITY to cool yourself off. (Sorry, No Swimming.) Meet at 10:00 in Asheville. Back around 3:00. Wear good footwear (good traction) because there are occasional rocky & muddy places. Swim wear for splashing purposes is optional. NOTES: 1) Please contact hike leader directly if you would like to bring a child/youth. 2) Please contact hike leader for permission in order to bring a dog. Hike Leader: Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com, or call 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – FLAT LAUREL CREEK Hike (which is in vicinity of Black Balsam). Mostly Easy w/ some moderate; 5 miles R.T. on this there & back hike. We’ll hike along the beautiful Flat Laurel creek, which includes a creek crossing. We’ll then venture into a densly shaded evergreen area, and up to another creek for lunch. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, OCT 17 – 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. 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 or those in good condition. Check w/ hike leader if wish to bring a doggie. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or828-713-4994.