Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, November 22 for our monthly 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 will be planning hikes for next year. Let us know what hikes you would like to see and if perhaps you might lead one.
Spectacular views will be the reward for hikers joining High Peaks Trail Association for a Nov. 2 outing to Beauty Spot and Unaka Mountain. The strenuous hike of about 6 miles will include a climb and descent of roughly 1,000 feet.
The hike will traverse a series of balds beginning at Beauty Spot, then proceed steeply up Unaka Mountain before branching off on Red Fork Road to take in the superb views from the Unaka Mountain Overlook. We will then backtrack our path, returning to Beauty Spot.
Join High Peaks for a high altitude hike in Madison County Oct. 12 when the club tackles a section of the Appalachian Trail that crosses a spectacular high ridge known as Firescald. Good leaf color and stunning long-range views in all directions should greet hikers; legend has it that in clear weather one can see the Rocky Mountains from this vantage point. Come see for yourself! We guarantee there will be rocks and mountains.
If you've been watching the weather forecast then you know we're likely to have plenty of rain and possibly thunderstorms tomorrow, especially during the afternoon. We've decided to lower our expectations of what we can accomplish, yet still get a hike in tomorrow.
Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, September 20 for our monthly 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 are planning to try to wrap up our work on the Black Mountain Crest Trail this Tuesday. We will meet across from the Wellers' in the Cattail Creek Community. We will drive up to Twin Falls and hike up to Deep Gap. If we have enough folks we will weed-eat and have a saw team take care of some trees near Winter Star and on the top part of the Colbert Ridge Trail.
With the Blue Ridge Parkway now open again, the High Peaks Trail Association will lead a strenuous hike Sept. 7 down the Big 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.