Join NC High Peaks Trail Association this Saturday for an arduous hike along the Colbert Ridge Trail. The hike traverses stately forests and steep terrain on the rocky Toe River side of the Black Mountains, affording spectacular views of the valley as well as Grandfather Mountain, Roan Mountain, and Table Rock. Beginning at the Buncombe Horse Trail, hikers will ascend Middle Ridge past a little-known but spectacular waterfall, then cross over on a steep connecting trail to Colbert Ridge to complete a seven mile loop with rocky overlooks and a final descent past an old mica mine.
The group will meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 for carpooling or at the trailhead at 9. The road to the trailhead is just north of Carolina Hemlocks. Turn west off NC 80 at the gas station in Hamrick onto Colbert Ridge Road (NC 1158). Go about four-tenths of a mile to the gravel pull off on the right.
The hike is dog-friendly, but please bring litter bags. Hiking poles are advised, and you will want a sturdy lunch and plenty of water. For more information contact the hike leader, Dennis Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 284-4000.