The High Peaks Trail Association will lead one of its most challenging – and rewarding – hikes of the year when the club takes on the Black Mountain Crest Trail on Oct. 18. The outing will be followed by a pot luck supper and party in the Cattail Community.
The 8-mile jaunt will begin at Mt. Mitchell, proceed down to Deep Gap and then descend steeply to the Cattail Community. Only seasoned hikers should consider joining because the 3,000-foot descent will be tough on the knees.
Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, October 10 for our regular Board Meeting All members and visitors are welcome. Location: Appalachian Java on West Main St. in Burnsville. Come share a cup of coffee and see what we're up to! We always welcome input on our hiking and trail maintenance activities. This month we will begin planning our hike schedule for 2015. If you can't make the meeting send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with hikes you'd like the club to do.
Join High Peaks on Saturday, October 4 for some early fall color when we hike theBig Butt Trail from Balsam Gap on the Parkway to Cane River Gap. This 5.6-mile trek descends about 1,500 feet, but also has a few significant climbs, including a long stairway up Little Butt. The climb is worth the effort, though, for the spectacular view of the Black Mountain chain from Little Butt. Hikers will meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on Sunday, Sept. 28. This park offers the opportunity to see a wide variety of species, including mammals, so bring binoculars if you have them and even an extra pair to share. Please dress for the weather – we’ll be going rain or shine.
Meet at the park near the kiosk in the main parking lot for the stroll, which begins at 5 p.m. We will explore four different habitats in off-the-beaten-path parts of the park, walking about one mile over the course of about 90 minutes to two hours.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a jaunt over spectacular Roan Mountain on Sept. 20. This difficult 6.3-mile hike will reward hikers with great views from the top of one of the region’s signature peaks.
Please join us at 9 AM on Thursday, Septemeber 18 for our regular Board Meeting All members and visitors are welcome. Location: Appalachian Java on West Main St. in Burnsville. Come share a cup of coffee and see what we're up to! Agenda items will include planning for nest year's hikes. We always welcome input on our hiking and trail maintenance activities.
This coming Thursday we will tackle our MST section from Neal's Creek Rd to the first crossing of the Parkway (MP 346). We plan to weed-eat, lop, and remove small trees and branches from the trail. If we have enough volunteers we will split into two crews and work the trail from both ends. We plan to meet in Burnsville at 8:30 AM on the north side of the Town Square.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on August 24. Birders report seeing nearly two dozen species at this location recently, so join us for the fun and adventure. We may see other species, including mammals, so bring binoculars if you have them and even an extra pair to share. Please dress for the weather – we’ll be going rain or shine.
The High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hiking adventure to one of the region’s premier attractions, Grandfather Mountain, on August 16. This hike will be a strenuous eight miles, with a significant climb up the Daniel Boone Scout Trail to Calloway Peak, then along the Cragway and down the Boone Fork Extension.