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 MAY 13, PINK BEDS/BARNETT BRANCH WATERFALL HIKE: Meet at 10:00 a.m. in Asheville, back around 5:00 pm. This hike is approx 5 miles, rated Easy/Moderate (due to occasional rugged terrain w/ tree roots & occasional rocks, requiring good foot wear). Part of the hike will be on the Pink Beds Loop trail, but we will also take Barnett Branch to a lovely waterfall. There should be some nice wildflowers (with I.D. Opportunities), & also some tunnels of rhododendrens & laurels. We will also have opportunity for some tree id. There will be a variety of habitats, including a small wetland with a board walk. All hikers please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994, or contact her if any questions.

May 17 – Rescheduled Looking Glass Rock Hike. Located in the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest, this 6.4 round trip hike goes up, then comes down. Hikers should be in good condition for the uphill climb. Great views and lunch on the rock. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 – GRAYBEARD FALLS in Montreat. A breathtaking, moderate to difficult 5 mile in and out hike along a rocky stream with 10 dry-foot water crossings in Montreat. We will examine the abundant and diverse wildflowers on this trail and enjoy lunch by the waterfall. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring water and a lunch or snack. Meet in Asheville at 9:30 am and return by 3:00. RSVP to leader at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

May 31 – Green Knob Hike. Leave Asheville at 9:00am, return around 4:00pm. This hike is designed as a car shuttle to facilitate an approximate 4 mile descending hike from the Blue Ridge Parkway, down the the Black Mountain Campground. Includes great views of the Blacks. Learn about the potential wilderness areas and the current Pisgah National Forest planning process which could result in the wilderness recommendation. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16 – BUCK SPRINGS. Easy to moderate 6 mile one-way hike from Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway to NC 276. This hike is mostly downhill with several shallow water crossings. We will study the lush vegetation and many water features that makes this an interesting hike. Requires a shuttle. Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, bring water and a lunch or snack. Leave Asheville at 9:30 am and return by 4:00 – 5:00 pm. RSVP to leader at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

SATURDAY JUNE 17 – SPLASHING WATERFALL Hike! (Splashing is optional!). John Rock area. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 and return around 4:30. We take 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) 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). Check w/ hike leader if you wish to bring a well-behaved doggie. 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 maybe hiking poles as well. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

June 21 – Mackey Mountain Trail – Meet at 9:00am, return 5:00pm. This is a rugged hike in a little traveled area of the Pisgah National Forest. Inventoried by the US Forest Service as a potential wilderness, the Mackey Mountain area of the Grandfather District is truly the trail less traveled. We’ll learn about the history of the forst National Forest Tract in the East purchased under the 1911 Weeks Act. Hiking experience required. RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

SATURDAY JULY 8 – EAST FORK OF PIGEON RIVER Trail. Meet in Asheville at 10:00 (location TBA) and return around 5:45. This hike is Easy/Moderate, with a distance approx 5-1/2 miles round trip. The hike follows the beautiful, rushing Pigeon River, but most it offers the cover of some beautiful & shady woods. Be prepared for a few muddy places, by wearing good footwear & considering hiking poles. Learn about how the river changes over time, as it changes its path, widens & creates sandy areas. Learn about areas that are designated “Wilderness”, too. Speaking of which, this trail goes into the Shining Rock Wilderness, which means that only 10 folks are allowed in a group. Hence, please cancel ahead if your plans change, to make room for others. Sorry no doggies on this hike. Please RSVP to hike leader Lisa McWherter at lisamcw2@gmail.com or 828-713-4994.

July 19 – Camp Alice/Commissary Ridge Hike. Cool off with this high elevation hike in the Black Mountains in and around Mt. Mitchell State Park. Learn about the US Forest Service inventoried wilderness potential area in the Black Mountains. Leave around 9:00am and return by 4:00pm, RSVP to hike leader, David Reid, at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607.

FRIDAY, JULY 21 – BIG RIDGE OVERLOOK TO ELK PASTURE GAP on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Moderate, 4.4 mile in and out trail, 750 foot elevation gain. We will view and discuss why the very tall, bright red Turk’s Cap Lilies bloom in this area. Meet at 9:30 am in Asheville.  Back around 3:30-4:00 pm. RSVP to leader at janelaping@sbcglobal.net or 828-772-0379.

September 22nd-24th – HOLD THE DATE! – the NC Chapter of the Sierra Club is planning another group “Camporee” to explore potential wilderness areas near Mt. Mitchell at the Briar Bottom Black Mountain Campground. Modest registration fee. Contact David Reid at daviddbreid@charter.net or 828-713-1607 for more details and how to register. Group camping, good food and fellowship as outings leaders from across the NC Sierra Club Chapter lead hikes.