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.

Below are the upcoming hikes for the next few months. Please sign up with hike leader to join in on the hike.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 – (Rescheduled from June 21) Mackey Mountain Trail – Meet at 9:00am, return 5:00pm. This is a rugged hike in a little traveled area of the Pisgah National Forest. Inventoried by the US Forest Service as a potential wilderness, the Mackey Mountain area of the Grandfather District is truly the trail less traveled. We’ll learn about the history of the forst National Forest Tract in the East purchased under the 1911 Weeks Act. Hiking experience required. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 – (Rescheduled from May 31) GREEN KNOB HIKE. Leave Asheville at 9:00am, return around 4:00pm. This hike is designed as a car shuttle to facilitate an approximate 4 mile descending hike from the Blue Ridge Parkway, down the the Black Mountain Campground. Includes great views of the Blacks. Learn about the potential wilderness areas and the current Pisgah National Forest planning process which could result in the wilderness recommendation. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 – Warren Wilson College Hike: Bull Creek Trail & River Trail – Easy, approx 4 miles one-way on this shuttle hike (a thru-hike w/ cars parked at each end). Meet at 10:00 in Asheville. Back around 3:00. These shady trails follow Bull Creek & then the Swannanoa River. We will also go by the old dam site. These trails have tree roots & rocks in places. It is largely level, but there are stretches with up/down-hill as well. There will be an OPTIONAL SPLASHING OPPORTUNITY to cool yourself off. (Sorry, No Swimming.) There will be learning opportunities related to tree & wildflower I.D., and perhaps some bird song I.D. Must contact Hike leader to sign up. NOTE: Young hikers are welcome, but please give hike leader a call about it, because a special liabilty form is required. Hike Leader: Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com, or call 828-713-4994.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – HOLD THE DATE – Hike to be announced in the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest. Watch Meetup for details. Hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd-24th – CAMPOREE HOLD THE DATE! – the NC Chapter of the Sierra Club is planning another group “Camporee” to explore potential wilderness areas near Mt. Mitchell at the Briar Bottom Black Mountain Campground. Modest registration fee. Contact David Reid at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607 for more details and how to register. Group camping, good food and fellowship as outings leaders from across the NC Sierra Club Chapter lead hikes.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – Location TBA. Have a beautiful area in mind, but need to scout the trail before announcing. Approx 5-6 miles distance, probably Moderate to Easy level of difficulty. Wildflower late-bloomers will be id’d, and also bird songs. More Info to come, or contact Hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com, or call 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 – Devil’s-Courthouse-to-Black-Balsam-Rd Hike: Should offer some great views of fall foliage. 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. This hike offers an unusually beautiful section of firs & spruce, as well as some spectacular views. 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 for tree I.D., & to learn about the wellbeing of the evergreens there. There is somewhere around 500ft elevation change, and the trail is rather rugged, with intermittent tree roots and an occasional 10” step/rock. Experienced hikers only. Please contact hike leader to sign up, or for any questions/concerns; 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.