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, JAN 15 — CAESAR’S HEAD, RAVEN CLIFF FALLS AREA in S Carolina. Moderate/Easy hike, approx 6.5 miles round trip. More hike details to come. We will learn more about some of the birds that winter here, including recordings of their songs. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 6:00. Be prepared for $2.00/person park admission fee. NOTE if there is snow we will come up with an alternate hike that’s closer to Asheville, as long as the roads are open. RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20: CORN MILL SHOALS. DuPont Forest is a favorite location for hikers and this easy to moderate loop trail is my favorite in DuPont. We will hike up and over the granite slabs of Cedar Mountain for a total of 5 miles and 700 foot elevation gain and learn about the geology of the area. Meet at 10:00 am in Asheville and return around 4:00 pm. RSVP to hike leader, Jane, at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.


SATURDAY, FEB 18 – PANTHERTOWN VALLEY. Beat the Wintertime blahs Panthertown Valley Hike.  We’ll enjoy the valley without the crowds.  Hiking from the East Cold Mt Trailhead, we’ll make a loop and take in Schoolhouse Falls, the white sand beach on Panthertown Creek, and up to Little Green Mt for a view.  Learn about the watershed and headwaters of the Tuckaseegee River. Moderate 6 mile round trip. Leave Asheville 9am, return 5pm. David Reid, trip leader. 828-713-1607. daviddbreid@charter.net.

MONDAY, FEB 20 – DANIEL RIDGE. Moderate 4 mile loop hike in Pisgah Forest near the Fish Hatchery has a nice waterfall at the end. We will learn about the history of logging in the area. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring water and a lunch or snack. Leave Asheville at 10:00 am and return by 4:00 pm. RSVP to leader at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.
 
SATURDAY, FEB 25 – PINK BEDS Hike. Meet at 10:00 a.m. in Asheville, back around 5:00 pm. This trail is considered Easy, but it is rugged w/ tree roots & occasional rocks, requiring good foot wear. It is a mostly level 5-mile loop hike that is wooded, offering some cover from the wind. It offers a variety of habitats, from hardwoods to a board walk over a small wetland. Opportunity to see & learn about beaver dams & their effect on the wetland. There will also be some tree id. Wear good footwear. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994, or contact her if any questions.

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 – COVE CREEK/CANEY BOTTOM. A pleasant, easy to moderate, 4.6 mile loop hike near Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest. The trail follows a stream part of the way and a short side trail leads to Cove Creek falls. We will talk about the reason the hemlocks are dying in this area. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring water and a lunch or snack. Meet at 10:00 am in Asheville and return around 4:00 pm. RSVP to hike leader, Jane, at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379
 
SATURDAY, MARCH 18 – GREEN RIVER Gamelands Hike, Mostlly Pullium Creek Trail. Meet at 10:00 in Asheville. Back around 5:00 or 5:30. Moderate with some easy level of difficulty. Approx 6 miles R.T. on this there & back trail with elevation gain of 900 ft. It’s a beautiful trail that ends at the Green River just below the narrows, with rapids moving through large boulders. On the way there, there’s a tedious creek crossing with wiggly step-stones, so wear good footwear & consider a hiking pole. Plan to learn about the beautiful early-blooming wildflowers there as well. NOTE: Sorry, no doggies this trip due to Pullium Creek crossing. This hike is for experienced hikers, or one can 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, MARCH 25 – LOOKING GLASS ROCK.  Strenuous due to elevation change. 6.5 miles up and back. Be rewarded with great views of the Pisgah National Forest.  Learn what an exposed granitic pluton is.  Leave Asheville at 10am, return by 4pm. David Reid, trip leader. 828-713-1607. daviddbreid@charter.net.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 – BIG CREEK. An easy to moderate, 5-mile in-and-out hike in the Great Smoky Mountains. The trail follows a dirt road along rushing rapids, Mouse Creek Falls, huge boulders, and deep swimming holes. Wildflowers should be abundant and in masses, so we will learn how to identify them.  Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring water and a lunch or snack. Meet at 10:00 am in Asheville and return around 5:00 pm. RSVP to hike leader, Jane, at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 – ROCKY FORK State Park Hike. Meet in Asheville at 10 a.m., returning around 5:30. This State park is our closest state park, just across the state line in Unicoi County, TN. This hike is rated mostly “Difficult” (but not strenuous). Distance approximately 5 miles round-trip. The trail is rugged in places & there is some up & down, but the elevation gain is unknown. The trails are mostly wooded, and there is some beautiful creek side hiking. There is also a nice waterfall. There will be opportunities for wildflower ID & bird song ID. This hike is for experienced hikers, or one can contact the hike leader with questions/concerns. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.