For some of the most spectacular views in the region, join the High Peaks Trail Association for a hike from Beauty Spot to Unaka Mountain on Saturday, June 7.
This moderate hike of 6 miles will traverse a section of the Appalachian Trail that climbs about 750 feet to the spruce-covered summit of Unaka Mountain. The group will retrace its steps to Beauty Spot, which offers exceptional views.
This Saturday we will tackle perhaps the steepest trail in the Blacks, Woody Ridge, and the northern end of the Crest Trail. We plan to have one crew work Woody Ridge from the bottom and another the Crest Trail from the Bolen's Creek trailhead. We will meet somewhere in between. The objective will be to clear downed tress, limbs, and other debris from the trail as well as lop branches.
Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a birding stroll at Cane River Park on May 25. 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 6 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.
The High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike from the summit of Mt. Mitchell to the Black Mountain Campground on Saturday, May 17. This strenuous 5.5-mile hike will be tough on the knees: hikers will descend about 3,600 feet from the East’s highest peak to the South Toe River Valley.
Please join the High Peaks Trail Maintenance Crew on Friday, May 9, as we tackle a couple projects at Crabtree Falls. High Peaks has adopted the Crabtree Falls trail through the Friends of the BRP. On Friday we'll be doing several tasks. First we will need a crew of four or five to rebuild the stone steps near the falls. The steps have slipped out of position and become dangerous.
Please join us at 9 AM on Thursday, May 15 for our regular Board Meeting (we are meeting on a Thursday this month rather than Friday). 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.
The High Peaks Trail Association will lead hikers into the historic abandoned community of Lost Cove on May 3. Settled during or shortly after the Civil War, Lost Cove is nestled above the Nolichucky River, and can only be reached on foot.
This strenuous hike of about 7.5 miles will descend about 1,200 feet in elevation to visit the Lost Cove ruins, buildings and cemetery, followed by a 1,200-foot climb back to our starting point.
Celebrate spring by getting outside with the High Peaks Trail Association, which has three separate strolls planned for April 27, two for birding and one for wildflowers.
The day begins at Cane River Park with a birding stroll at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them and meet at the park for an exploration of four different habitats that are within easy walking distance on fairly level ground. The club will also lead a second birding stroll at the park at 5 p.m. For more information, contact hike leaders Bob and Laura at 683-3733.
For an unusual view of the northernmost section of the Black Mountains, join the High Peaks Trail Association for a hike to Jump-off Gap on April 19. This 8-mile hike is rated as difficult, with a climb and descent of more than 1,000 feet.
Hikers should assemble at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. The group will carpool to the trail head. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring lunch, plenty of water, rain gear and warm clothes. Be sure to check the club’s website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather.
The Sunday trail workday and cook-out at the Black Mountain Campground is cancelled. A weather advisory calling for high winds of 20-30mph with gusts up to 55mph, along with snow and cold, has conspired to frustrate our efforts to prepare the trails for the April opening of the campground.