High Peaks Holds Two Mt Mitchell Hikes POSTPONED to april 28

04/28/2018 8:30 am
US/Eastern

This evening the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Mitchell State Park closed.  Therefore we are postponing the hike until April 28.  This is the first open Saturday (no High Peaks events scheduled).  Sorry for the inconvenience!

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two adventurous hikes on Mt. Mitchell on Saturday, April 7. The hikes have been repeatedly postponed due to weather and road closures.

The strenuous hike will start at the Black Mountain Campground and climb 6 miles and 3,700 feet to the summit of the East’s highest peak, while the easier hike will start at the Mt. Mitchell State Park Ranger office and proceed about 4.3 miles to the summit, climbing about 700 feet.

Hikers should meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided for the longer hike in a Yancey County van for a donation of $5 per person, reservations required by Thursday evening, April 5. No dogs are allowed on the vans, so you must provide your own transportation if you want to bring your leashed pet.
 
Hikers on the less strenuous hike will also meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. and will form carpools to ride to the Mt. Mitchell State Park Ranger office. Hikers can also meet the group at the office at 9:45 a.m.
 
Bring water, lunch, snacks, hiking poles if you use them and many layers of warm clothing plus foul weather gear as the weather on the summit can be a challenge.
 
Hikers not wanting to use the vans can meet the groups at the Black Mountain Campground entrance at 9:30 a.m., or at the Mt. Mitchell Ranger Office at 9:45 a.m.
 
For more information and to make reservations, contact Hike Leader Susan Weller at 284-8505 or info@nchighpeaks.org. For the shorter hike, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at 682-3217 or trails@nchighpeaks.org.
 
As always, please check the club’s Facebook page or website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to weather.