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.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 30 – RATTLESNAKE LODGE. A mostly easy 2.6 mile hike with several moderate switchbacks at the beginning to gain most of the 500 feet rise in elevation to an old wagon road. We will learn about the fate of Rattlesnake Lodge and the natural history of the area. Wear sturdy footwear, dress in layers, and bring water and a lunch or snack. Meet in Asheville at 10 AM, return around 2:30 PM. RSVP to hike leader Jane atjanelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.
 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 – BLUEBERRY HIKE. Easy to moderate blueberry picking hike on Mount Mitchell. 4-5 mile in and out hike on a gravel road. We will stop to pick blueberries and blackberries and hopefully there will be enough for you to eat your fill. We will talk about types of blueberries and who eats them. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers, bring water and a lunch or a snack. Leave Asheville at 9:30 am and return by 4:00 pm. RSVP to leader atjanelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 – SPLASHING WATERFALL Hike! (Splashing is optional!). John Rock area. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return by 4:30. 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) 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). Check w/ hike leader if you wish to bring a well-behaved doggie. 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 atlisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 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 the top of two balds 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 or 6:00. 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, possible wildflower & bird id. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – PINK BEDS. Easy, 5-mile loop hike in a mostly level wooded area with streams, boardwalks and beaver activity. We will talk about beaver habits and habitat. Pink Beds is in the Pisgah Forest near Brevard. Wear sturdy footwear, dress in layers, bring water and a lunch or snack. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 AM, return between 4 and 5 PM. RSVP to leader at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY, OCT 15 – FALL FOLIAGE HIKE. Location TBA. Can contact hike leader for details, … Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com 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 janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.