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.

WENOCA – SIERRA CLUB HIKES, WINTER 2018/2019:

SATURDAY, OCT 20th –  WALKER’S  KNOB Hike. The  Montreat  Conference  Center  manages  a  protected  network  of  hiking trails in its land in the coves abutting the Asheville Watershed on the West, the Blue Ridge Parkway on the North, and the Pisgah National Forest on the East. We will take the Greybeard Trail to Walker’s Knob for a view of the Swanannoa Valley. 6 mile round trip.  Moderately strenous due to elevation change.  Learn  about  the  Conference  Center’s  conservation philosophy, and how this land fits into the larger protected lands puzzle in the region. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY, OCT 27 – DUPONT ST FOREST Hike, w/Bridal Veil Falls + Haiku Poetry (optional): Meet in Asheville at 10 a.m. and return around 5:30 p.m. Includes view of Fall Color. Difficulty Level is mixed moderate/easy; includes short hills (not steep). Distance approx 5 miles R.T. on this loop hike. Includes a stretch of hardwoods & ferns, also of Conservation Rd (a means to an end), plus side-trips to the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls & Fawn Lake. Another item is a jaunt up an old Airstrip, offering a beautiful 180-degree view over Dupont forest & beyond. … During lunch, there will be an option to write fun & easy Haiku Nature Poetry, with our friend Patty Minx leading the way. This hike also includes some tree & wildflower ID, as well as some history of how this lovely park came to be. Meeting location TBA. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, NOV 3rd – BIG CREEK TRAIL (Pisgah National Forest) – Not to be confused with Big Creek in the Smokies, this hike will originate from the Little Pisgah Ridge Tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway and descend to the North Mills River area using a car shuttle.  Mostly wooded hike estimated to be 3 miles through the Laurel Mountain backcountry area. Contact leader for details closer to the date.  We will learn about Laurel Mountain’s roadless status and what protections that offers.  RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY, NOV 17 – LOOKOUT MTN via RAINBOW Rd & LOOKOUT Mtn trails. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 a.m. & return around 5:15 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, up 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 mostly 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 information on conservation. This hike is for experienced hikers; though the pace is moderate and there are occasional rest brks. Please can contact the hike leader with any questions/concerns. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 28th – LAUREL RIVER TRAIL (Big Laurel Creek) – This is flat hike along Big Laurel Creek Northwest of Asheville. Trail head is close to Hot Springs.  Pleasant hike along the river for 3.6 miles to the confluence with the French Broad River.  We will discuss the concept of watersheds, and learn how this water reaches the Gulf of Mexico.  Work off some of those extra Thanksgiving pounds.  Leave Asheville at 9:30am, back by mid-afternoon.   RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY, DEC 8 –  WATERFALLS at CAESAR’S HEAD in S Carolina. Moderate hike, approx 5 miles round trip. Offers opportunities for plant/tree ID, waterfall viewing, plus a nice view from Caesar’s head. Also, perhaps there will be some bird songs for ID. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 6:00. Be prepared for $2.00/person park admission fee (supporting a good cause). This hike is for those w/ adequate conditioning for a 5 mile trail, though the pace is moderate w/ occasional breaks. Please contact the hike leader with questions/concerns. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, DEC 29th – END-OF-YEAR MONTREAT LOOP.  Join us for this short moderate loop trail in Montreat near Black Mountain.  We’ll take parts of Greybeard, Harry Bryan and Julia Woodward trails.   Suffering from too much holiday? Get out and stretch your legs.  Learn about the conservation efforts of the Montreat Conference Center, and how its land abuts other important protected areas. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY, JAN 19th – HOLD THE DATE – Hike to be announced in the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest.  Tentatively planned for a hike along the Big Creek Trail from the Parkway to the North Mills River area.  However, exact trail to be determined by weather and trail conditions.   Watch Meetup for details.  Hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY, JAN 19 – CHESTNUT COVE OVERLOOK Trailhead, on Mtns to Sea Trail (MST). 5.4 miles R T. … A dear old favorite of mine, this Easy/Moderate stretch of MST veers off and away from the sounds of the parkway. It is mostly sheltered from the wind, and offers interesting landscape & shallow stream crossing. Also, tunnels of Rhododendren & Laurels. The trail is mostly level terrain, but it is rugged, with tree roots and rocks along the way. Includes opportunities for some easy winter plant/tree ID, and to discuss the fate of the American chestnut tree. This hike is for those w/ adequate conditioning for a 5.4 mile trail, though the pace is moderate w/ occasional breaks. Please contact the hike leader with questions/concerns. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.