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.

CONTACTS: Please contact outings leaders for more info & to sign up. Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 – Warren Wilson River Trail to Bull Creek Trail – Easy, approx 4 miles one-way on this shuttle hike (a thru-hike w/ cars parked at each end). These shady trails follow the Swannanoa River & Bull Creek. We will also go by the old dam. These trails have tree roots & rocks in places. There are level parts but there is some up/down hill as well. There will be an OPTIONAL SPLASHING OPPORTUNITY to cool yourself off. (Sorry, No Swimming.) Meet at 10:00 in Asheville. Back around 3:00. Swim wear for splashing purposes is optional. There will be learning opportunities about the water quality in the area, and also about the river’s course/route, and how it is changed over time. Must contact Hike leader to sign up. NOTE:  Please CALL hike leader directly if you would like to bring a child/youth, because a special liabilty form is required. Hike Leader: Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com, or call 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – FLAT LAUREL CREEK Hike (which is in vicinity of Black Balsam). Meet 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 densly shaded evergreen area, and up to another creek for lunch. There will 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 lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

SATURDAY, OCT 17 – BLACK BALSAM-TENANT MTN HIKEThis 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 lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.