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.
UPCOMING HIKES. These hikes are led by our new outings leader, DAVID REID, as well as by LISA MCWHERTER. (Please note that David’s hikes that are coming up are Moderately strenuous or strenuous, so there’s more variety to choose from.) We are also looking forward to Jane Laping offering some hikes in the future; will keep you posted. Upcoming Hikes:
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – FLAT LAUREL CREEK Hike (which is in vicinity of Black Balsam). Meet in Asheville at 10 a.m. and return around 5:30 p.m. 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 densely shaded evergreen area, and up to another creek for lunch. There will be learning opportunities related to wildflower & bird identification, as well as the welfare of the local evergreens (hemlock & firs). All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-713-4994. NOTE: As of 9/18/15 a.m., there is still room on this hike due to cancels.
Saturday October 10, 2015 – Little Butt and Big Butt (Moderately Strenuous) This is a 6-mile out and back hike along Brush Spring Ridge, which lies between the Craggy and Black mountain ranges. If weather allows, there is a great view to the east of Mt Mitchell and the entire Black Mountain range at Little Butt. Man-made steps have added in most the of the steep places. We will discuss and learn about areas of the Pisgah National Forest in this locale, and the recommendations by conservationists for protection. This hike is for experienced hikers in good shape and good footwear is required. Round trip driving time from Asheville is 2 hours, and total hike time is 4-5 hours, so this is a full day with a 9:00 am meet time. Call or email trip leader David Reid if interested, 828-713-1607, email@example.com.
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 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. Check w/ hike leader if wish to bring a doggie. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-713-4994.
Tuesday November 3, 2015 – Harper Creek (Strenuous due to elevation change). This is an approximately 8 mile in and out round trip hike in the Harper Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA) on a section of the Mountains to Sea Trail (MST) to a great view of South Harper Creek Falls, our lunch spot, and turn around point. From the trail head, we will follow a short connector trail and cross Harper Creek before a steady climb on the MTS Trail that gains 900 feet in elevation. The Harper Creek crossing can be “wet crossing,” so be prepared. We will discuss and learn about the Harper Creek Wilderness Study area and the history of wilderness in North Carolina. This hike is for experienced hikers in good shape and good footwear is required. Round trip driving time from Asheville is 3 hours, and total hike time is 5-6 hours, so this is a full day with an early 8:00 am meet time. Call or email trip leader David Reid if interested, 828-713-1607, email@example.com. Wilderness ethics apply and group size is limited to 10, including leader.
SATURDAY, Nov 7 – Hike up Lookout Mtn at Montreat – 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 on the pretty Lookout Mtn Trail, going to the rock outcrops which offer some beautiful vistas of neighboring mountains. The trail is a little steep toward the end. Then 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 recommended for experienced hikers, or talk with hike leader. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-713-4994.
SATURDAY, Dec 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. It 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 or828-713-4994.
Sunday, Jan 3 – Hike Dupont’s Cedar Rock & Burnt Mtn Trails. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. This hike’s terrain is mostly Easy, with a little moderate. Distance approx 5.5 miles round trip. This hike starts on 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. Due to the distance, this hike recommended for experienced hikers or well-conditioned folks (or contact hike leader about it). Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-713-4994.