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, APRIL 18: Dupont State Forest: Cedar Rock & Burnt Mtn Trails. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. This hike is Moderate/Easy. 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.  Experienced hikers or well-conditioned folks only, due to the distance. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, MAY 2 – DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE HIKE via Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 5:30. Distance is approx 6 miles round trip, rated as mostly Moderate with some Easy. This hike is mostly shaded with evergreens, offering refuge from the sun. Also offers a few nice vistas along the trail. When we reach our high point, Devil’s Courthouse, provided we have good visibility, we’ll view mountains in 3 other states. Also, there will be opportunity to learn about the birds in the area, some of which are easily identified by their calls. We’ll have some wildflower i.d. as well. There is somewhere around 500ft elevation change, and the trail is rather rugged, with intermittent tree roots and a few 10” steps/rocks. Makes good footwear essential, and maybe hiking poles as well. Experienced hikers only. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6, MONTREAT, SHORT LOOP HIKE:  Meet at Black Mtn meeting place at 10:30 a.m., with return around 2:00 p.m. Distance approximately 4 miles on this loop hike. Rated at easy/moderate. Planning to hike up Greybeard trail along the beautiful shaded creek, continuing over a couple of babbling brook crossings, where we might take a lunch break & get our feet wet. Then we’ll double-back on Greybeard trail long enough to catch the Harry Bryant trail. Will go to small meditative waterfall, and return via a loop trail. Will learn about wildflowers & hopefully see a few salamanders along the way. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter atlisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

JUNE 5-7 TENTATIVE CAR-CAMPING PLANS: MONTREAT CAMPING TRIP, (Friday evening through Sunday noon) – Tentatively planned for Montreat Campground, which is a beautiful family campground offering shady trees & rhododendrons. Most sites offer some privacy & are within hearing distance of a mountain creek. This trip includes opportunities for hiking as well as wading in the creeks. Also, plenty of education opportunities are offered on wildflowers. There’s opportunity to learn about the area birds & their calls, too. Those who’d like to share a site can usually be put in a site with other(s).

COSTS: It’s complicated! The charge is $20.00 per night per site, for 4 adults with up to 2 tents or a family with up to 2 tents; add $8.00 for each additional tent. Then add sales tax, plus a $1 community services fee per adult per night. NOTE: Each site must be paid for for BOTH nights per Montreat reg’s. However, it might be possible for folks to trade-off on nights at a given site.

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.