Hike Schedule 2017 Format
ALL-DAY WEEKEND

Friday No. A1804-775      Oct 05, 2018
Mountain Treasures Camporee #12 at Appletree Campground 12:00 AM
Rated C-C, Kathleen Hannigan, 828-230-4883, kathannigan@gmail.com

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The fall Mountain Treasures Camporee will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Appletree Campground near Nantahala. Hikes of various lengths and difficulty will be offered Saturday and Sunday. Dinner will be shared Saturday night. Ham and turkey will be offered for an additional small cost ($3-$5). Please bring a side dish to share. Send a $10 check per person to reserve a space to Kathleen Hannigan at 307 River Ridge Dr., Asheville, NC 28803, or you can pay her through PayPal using kathannigan@gmail.com. CMC Camporees are held to recognize the importance of North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures, 41 areas within our Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests that stand out with special conservation, recreation, scenic and cultural values.

Saturday No. A1804-615      Oct 13, 2018
Black Balsam Loop via Graveyard Ridge & ALT 10:00 AM
Hike 6.3, Drive 70, 1200 ft. ascent, Rated B-B, at-mst, p400,sb6k
Laura Frisbie, 828-337-5845, laurafrisbie@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Toys-R-Us on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets.
Second Meeting Place: Cold Mountain Overlook at MM 412 of BRP at 10:30 AM
This hike includes great views. New hikers: take note that there is a 200 ft. altitude gain over 1/4 mile early in the hike and two more uphills, each with about 500 ft. altitude gain, in the last leg of the hike. Begin from FS 816 on MST, then left on Graveyard Ridge Trail to Ivestor Gap. Return on Art Loeb Trail over Tennent Mtn. and Black Balsam. We’ll stop at the high points to enjoy great views.
Topo(s): Sam Knob,Shining Rock

scout report: I scouted today with Becky, Karen and my brother-in-law, Bob. It was great weather! We started hiking at 10 and it took 5.5 hours - you can expect about that much unless there is a large group of us. It is an hour drive from Toys without a stop at Cold Mtn, so figure 2.5 hours for drive time - which gets you back to your car at 6 at the EARLIEST and if the BRP is crowded (likely) plan on 6:30-7. TRAIL CONDITIONS: I wore shorts and short sleeves and there were no briars. However, there was a LOT of overgrown woody areas, I'd say at least half the hike, so you may prefer at least long pants. I did get some scrapes and stabs. WET FEET: There's about a mile of trail that serves as a water runoff and it can be deep and impossible to avoid. Your feet will get wet and it is not a water shoes situation where you can change unless you want to wear something for over an hour over a rocky trail. Its a beautiful hike that has its challenges. Karen's Garmin showed it at 7 miles long with approximately 1165' gain and descent.

hike report: It was thick pea soup as we drove up but cleared when we passed Pisgah. Out of 8 hikers, 6 were new to me and had discovered CMC via Meetup. We had a spectacular day with stunning weather. It was school break so going up ALT to Tenant was a parade of backpacks coming down. Tons of water and mud EVERYwhere and the MST and Graveyard Trail were badly overgrown, which made the 7 mile, 1100' ascent hike a real workout. We had 5 min of silence when we stopped on Tenant and Black Balsam and everyone enjoyed it.


Sunday No. A1804-265      Oct 14, 2018
Panthertown West Entrance 8:00 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 120, 1700 ft. ascent, Rated B-A, wc100
Eva Blinder, 828-275-6447, ejb5711@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Ingles on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets Mall.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
This moderate loop hike has everything: waterfalls, granite domes with impressive cliffs, high-altitude bogs, a lovely valley floor, and great views from the tops of Little Green and Big Green Mountains.
Topo(s): Big Ridge

hike report: 10 hikers made the long drive out to Panthertown for this exquisite but muddy hike. The morning's chilly drizzle soon gave way to mostly sunny skies and a pleasant temperature in the low 60s, with no bugs to speak of. Many parts of the trail were wet or partially flooded, probably as a result of the recent rains. We had beautiful views from the approach trail off the parking area, as well as from the summits of Little Green and Big Green. Thanks to Carroll and his GPS for helping us locate the manway up Big Green. Due to a somewhat slow pace, we started at 10 am and finished at 5 pm. Total distance was 8.63 miles with a cumulative elevation gain of 1251 feet.


Sunday No. A1804-910      Oct 21, 2018
Rocky Fork - Flint Creek 8:30 AM
Hike 7.8, Drive 80, 1770 ft. ascent, Rated B-A,
Becky Smucker, 828-231-2198, bjsmucker@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: 160 Zillicoa St. (USFS parking lot) off Exit 25 of I-26. Rocky Fork hike. NEW HIKE. This in-and-out, mostly shaded creekside hike, new to CMC, showcases the new Rocky Fork State Park and one of its links to the A.T. Start at the park entrance, hike up Rocky Fork Rd. and take a side trail up to Whitehouse Cliffs for a full view of the Rocky Fork watershed. Then follow the Flint Creek Trail up to Flint Gap on the A.T., and return. All the water crossings on this route, which overlaps older CMC hike #652 along Flint Creek Trail, have now been bridged. The hike takes about 5 hours.

hike report: Ten of us did this hike on a day that was cold for this time of year, but crystal clear. We parked in the new parking area and examined the map in the new marquee before setting off. The side trail and steep climb up Whitehouse Cliffs brought us to the warmest spot of the day (pictured) with a view of the Rocky Fork watershed and the gorge we were going to follow to the A.T. There were a few spots of tree color, and we were gifted by a Peregrine Falcon soaring over us. After the steep descent we returned to the Flint Creek Trail, enjoyed all the new bridges and stone work that kept our feet dry, and climbed up to Flint Gap where we had lunch in the sun on the A.T. steps. The return from the gap was a piece of cake.

scout report: Chris K. scouted this new hike with me in July as it was originally scheduled for this summer but got rained out. I'm hoping that this reschedule will feature some fall color, but it's being slow, so we'll see. The route has many creek crossings, but they've really done a nice job with installing bridges and steps so that we did not get wet feet at any point, but that may depend on how much rain we get just before. The viewpoint is awesome, and the rest is along lush Rocky Fork and Flint Creek until near the A.T. We follow old roads part of the way, and they are nicely graded and easy walking, with a couple of steeper spots which we'll take our time on. Come see this new State Park!


Saturday No. A1804-516      Oct 27, 2018
Lakeshore Loop 8:00 AM
Hike 11.0, Drive 70, 1600 ft. ascent, Rated A-A,
Barbara Morgan, 828-460-7066, barbc129@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Home Depot off Exit 44 of I-40.
Second Meeting Place: Rest area beyond Waynesville on US 23/74 at 8:30 AM - but contact leader first.
We will start at the tunnel at the end of the Lakeview Drive and hike Lakeshore, White Oak Branch, Forney Creek, and Goldmine Trails. Learn the history of the Road to Nowhere, settlement and logging along Forney Creek and the development of Lake Fontana.
Topo(s): Noland Creek

hike report: Well, it was a no hike hike. The weather had been iffy, and tho I didn't cancel, no one showed up. Maybe when I do it again on Wednesday, Nov 14. Gosh, what am I going to do with the extra dark chocolate I'd brought?

scout report: Danny Bernstein, newcomer Wayne Robertson, and I scouted this Smokies hike on Wednesday. Danny has led it multiple times, so she was a great help. I chose this one due to the final decision of the federal government to make good on the last payment to Swain County for the “road to nowhere.” If you come on the hike, we’ll talk more about the important history of the area. I’m doing it twice; on Oct 27 and again on Nov 14. Here’s a link to an article Danny wrote in 2009 about the history of the issue (hopefully the link will work!) https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2009/12/decades-making-uproar-over-great-smoky-mountains-national-parks-north-shore-road-almost-settled5099 It was my first time to do this hike, and I’m really happy with it. Although it is just under 10 miles (passing up the tunnel bypass option) and 1850’ elevation gain, it turns out to be a lovely trail that gently rolls up and down, rather than being really hard for long periods. It passes through a variety of areas and beside streams. We’ll walk through the tunnel which gets pretty dark, but I suspect there will be enough smart phones with flashlights to provide the bit of additional light that’s needed. Poles are nice for the few short stream crossings. We did a short side trip to the Woody Cemetery, and we saw where family members of those buried there before the park came to be come annually to visit the graveyards. We met at Home Depot x44 at 8:00 and reached the trailhead at 9:15. We returned to our cars about 2:45, and it takes about 90 minutes to get back to exit 44. Hope to see you!


Sunday No. A1804-788      Oct 28, 2018
Mackey Mtn. via FS 216 8:00 AM
Hike 7.4, Drive 75, 1080 ft. ascent, Rated B-B,
Norm Sharp, 864-268-9409, cell 864-609-7182, norm.Sharp@att.net
First Meeting Place: River Ridge Market Place behind CVS off Exit 53B on I-240.
Second Meeting Place: Ingles off Exit 64 of I-40 (Black Mountain) at 8:15 AM - but contact leader first.
The trail, in the Mackey Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area, follows the long, high ridge of Mackey Mountain in a generally downhill slope, with some steep intermediate climbs. When we get to Greenlee Mountain we will then descend on a series of switchbacks in a deep cove, viewing large old poplars, two measured at 42” and 43” dbh and an oak measured at 48” dbh. There are two spots for excellent long range views, one to the west and one to the east. Plenty of bear sign in this bear sanctuary. Car shuttle.
Topo(s): Old Fort

scout report: Hugh Irwin and I scouted this trail on September 19. A through hike is impossible now due to several factors so we will do an out and back with a round trip of 7.5 miles and about a 1700 elevation change. The trail, in the Mackey Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area, follows the long, high ridge of Mackey Mountain in a generally downhill slope, with some steep intermediate climbs. There are a couple spots for long range views to the east. This trail has not gotten much use so is somewhat overgrown, but without many brambles and decent tread. The trail borders a bear sanctuary to the west. If you want a hike with a wild feel, this is it.


Sunday No. A1804-270      Nov 04, 2018
Cedar Rock Mountain and John Rock 8:00 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 80, 2000 ft. ascent, Rated B-AA, p400
Jim Magura, 828-606-3989, jqs290@gmail.com and Judy Magura, 828-606-1490, quilter290@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Ingles on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets Mall.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
This trip features two of the spectacular bare rock faces in the Pisgah National Forest, with great views from both. Starting at the Fish Hatchery, we'll have our major climb up to Cat Gap and then on to Cedar Rock to enjoy the view during lunch. We'll return via John Rock.
Topo(s): Shining Rock

hike report: Finally after a long wait, autumn colors were in full display with pleasant temperatures and a bright sky as we enjoyed what may be our last ‘warm’ 2018 weekend hike in the mountains. Judy and I were joined by ten hikers who joined us for the hike to Cedar Rock via Cat Gap. The final half mile to the top was somewhat grown over and a bit steep and slippery. But with some care, we all made it to the top and enjoyed great views and a well deserved lunch break. Following lunch, Danny Dunn dedicated the hike to the victims in the Pittsburgh shootings with a short prayer and a few minutes of silence and reflection. After lunch we proceeded back down and met another CMC group. Kathleen Hannigan was celebrating her birthday with her annual birthday hike. Shortly after that we found the strenuous climb to John’s Rock waiting for us. Arriving at John’s rock we were greeted with fifty or more hikers on the rock also enjoying the view. But we found space and also took time to relax, take in the views and enjoy a second round of chocolate. We wrapped up the hike with a two mile trip back down to the cars and our departure point.


Saturday No. A1804-35      Nov 10, 2018
Looking Glass Rock 10:00 AM
Hike 6.2, Drive 70, 1800 ft. ascent, Rated B-A, p400
Marcia Bromberg, 828-505-0471, cell 860-798-9905, mwbromberg@yahoo.com
First Meeting Place: Toys-R-Us on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 10:30 AM
A pleasant fall hike to this outstanding pluton with views along the way and a spectacular view of the Blue Ridge Parkway and mountains to the north at the end of the trail. in-and-out hike.
Topo(s): Shining Rock

hike report: OMG, 75 plus cars parked at the Looking Glass base with big groups beginning the trek up!! So the four of us, all of whom had hike Looking Glass numerous times, opted for an alternate hike. We did Coontree with a side trip along the Bennett Gap Trail to the rock overlook. We had a great view of Looking Glass but only encountered 1 hiker and a few bikers. This was a much better choice!


Sunday No. A1804-909      Nov 11, 2018
Asheville Camino del Norte Walk 8:00 AM
Hike 12.0, 500 ft. ascent, Rated A-C,
Danny Bernstein, 828-450-0747, danny@hikertohiker.com
Only Meeting Place: Asheville Visitor Center 36 Montford Rd. lowest level of parking lot. Hike through North Asheville and Montford, UNCA and the Botanical Gardens. See how various parts of Asheville are connected. You're welcome to leave at any time, but you'll be surprised at how comfortable this walk will be. The hike simulates a short day on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Bring water and food. We'll stop for morning coffee (no time for a full breakfast), and lunch but feel free to bring all your own food. Joint hike with the Asheville Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino. For more information about the route, see www.ashevillecamino.org/about.html. Topo(s): Asheville

hike report: Twenty hikers showed up at the Asheville Camino del Norte. Basilica of St. Lawrence, Grove Park Inn, Beaver Lake, UNCA campus, Botanical Gardens. We did it all.

scout report: The AVL Camino del Norte is an easy hike through the northern part of AVL. We will walk on pavement and trails. This walk almost guarantees that we'll go through streets and places that are new to you. Take the usual pack, and water. Bring snacks. You may decide to buy lunch or bring it. We'll picnic and not stop in a restaurant. See my blog https://www.hikertohiker.net/2018/11/04/checking-out-the-asheville-camino-norte/ for more details.


Sunday No. A1804-647      Nov 18, 2018
Albright Grove Loop Trail 8:00 AM
Hike 6.7, Drive 140, 1500 ft. ascent, Rated B-B,
Sallye Sanders, 208-550-2070, sallye_sanders@yahoo.com
Only Meeting Place: Home Depot off Exit 44 of I-40. Hike the Maddron Bald Trail in the GSMNP for nearly 3 miles to the Albright Grove Loop trail and return on the Maddron Bald Trail. The trail first passes through 19th Century homestead sites and then passes alternately through hemlock/rosebay rhododendron and open deciduous, second growth woods primarily of beech and tulip poplar. Fallen trees and creek beds provide a rich environment for spring wildflowers. The loop provides views of massive trunks including a tulip poplar reportedly with a 25 ft. circumference.
Topo(s): Mt. Guyot

hike report: Great hike on a beautiful fall day on trails with a lot of history, old growth forest, lush and green with ground cedar, club mosses, ferns, partridge berry and pipsissiwa.


Sunday No. A1804-488      Nov 18, 2018
Gabes Mtn. Trail 8:00 AM
Hike 8.3, Drive 140, 1800 ft. ascent, Rated B-A,
Mike Knies, 828-628-6712, cell 828-279-3531, knies06@att.net
First Meeting Place: Home Depot off Exit 44 of I-40.
Second Meeting Place: Pilot Truck Stop off Exit 24 of I-40 at 8:30 AM - but contact leader first.
This hike will follow a mostly gentle trail from Cosby Campground to Maddron Bald Trailhead through open old-growth forest. Added attractions are a short, steep side trip to the bottom of Hen Wallow Falls, lunch at a shady, streamside campsite and a visit to the restored Baxter cabin. Four-mile car shuttle.
Topo(s): Luftee Knob,Mt. Guyot

scout report: This hike has been cancelled as I will be out of the country until November 27.


Sunday No. A1804-647      Nov 18, 2018
Albright Grove Loop Trail 8:00 AM
Hike 6.7, Drive 140, 1500 ft. ascent, Rated B-B,
Sallye Sanders, 208-550-2070, sallye_sanders@yahoo.com
Only Meeting Place: Exxon station off Exit 20 of I-40. Hike the Maddron Bald Trail in the GSMNP for nearly 3 miles to the Albright Grove Loop trail and return on the Maddron Bald Trail. The trail first passes through 19th Century homestead sites and then passes alternately through hemlock/rosebay rhododendron and open deciduous, second growth woods primarily of beech and tulip poplar. Fallen trees and creek beds provide a rich environment for spring wildflowers. The loop provides views of massive trunks including a tulip poplar reportedly with a 25 ft. circumference.
Topo(s): Mt. Guyot

hike report: Great hike on a beautiful fall day on trails with a lot of history, old growth forest, lush and green with ground cedar, club mosses, ferns, partridge berry and pipsissiwa.


Saturday No. A1804-278      Nov 24, 2018
Kitsuma Peak 8:30 AM
Hike 10.0, Drive 60, 1550 ft. ascent, Rated A-A,
Les Love, 828-658-1489, cell 828-230-1861, lesrlove55@gmail.com and Catherine Love, 828-658-1489, catmlove2@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: River Ridge Market Place behind CVS off Exit 53B on I-240.
Second Meeting Place: Ingles off Exit 64 of I-40 (Black Mountain) at 8:45 AM
Hike up Young’s Ridge and see great views of Greybeard, Green Knob and the Mount Mitchell area. There is also a great view of the Swannanoa Valley from our lunch spot. We will take alternate #1, which passes along the original US 70, paved in the 1920s, and we'll stop at the Point Lookout overlook. The road parallels and crosses over a railroad and one of its many tunnels.
Topo(s): Old Fort

scout report: We scouted this hike on Nov. 4 on an absolutely stellar day to be in the woods. It's a beautiful autumn hike up Young's Ridge to Kitsuma Peak, but we have to share this trail with the bikers who come down this ridge fast - a blast for them, so we have to stay alert. The views from the Peak are really spectacular and that will be our lunch spot. We come on around on the paved greenway (old US 70) to Lookout Point and see the interesting railroad tunnels along the way that allowed the railway line to connect to the west, then drop back down to the Forest Service Picnic area. Les & Catherine Love


Sunday No. A1804-371      Nov 25, 2018
Squirrel Gap to Horse Cove Gap 8:00 AM
Hike 11.7, Drive 80, 1535 ft. ascent, Rated A-A, p400
Carroll Koepplinger, 828-667-0723, cell 828-231-9444, cakoep29@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Toys-R-Us on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
This hike is a shortened version of hike #371. It is designed to cover lesser-used trails that are included in the P400 program. We will start from the Gauging Station, hike to Wolfe Ford and take the Squirrel Gap Trail, make a loop on the upper Cantrell Creek and Horse Cove Gap Trails, and then return via a seldom-used route.
Topo(s): Pisgah Forest

hike report: Seven hikers tackled this hike. We left from the faux trail head at 9:20 am. The trail head was 1.4 mi. from the regular trail head due to the fact that the FS had the gate locked on FS #476 which leads to the trail head by the old gauging station. Due to the extra mileage and shorter daylight hours we did not hike up to Horse Cove Gap. We took the shortcut which developed into a little bushwhacking. The leader had a better version of the GPS track than on the previous Wednesday hike. We ended up with 11.3 mi. Again, the weather was fantastic with at starting temp of 30 degrees and into the low 50's with sunny skies. We returned to the starting point at 3:55 pm. Most of us enjoyed dinner at Sora's restaurant.


Sunday No. A1804-480      Dec 02, 2018
Buck Spring to Clawhammer via Barnett Branch Trail 8:00 AM
Hike 10.0, Drive 70, 1600 ft. ascent, Rated A-A, p400
Paul Benson, 828-273-2098, PDBenson@charter.net
First Meeting Place: Ingles on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets Mall.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. This hike will cover part of hike #480. It will start at the Buck Spring Trailhead on US 276 and hike to our lunch spot near Clawhammer via a series of trails, then return via the same route. It will feature great views.
Topo(s): Shining Rock

scout report: Paul Benson is leading this hike, the following is his scout report. I scouted on Thursday (11/29) on a perfect fall day. My 14.5 mile hike took almost 8 hours, but I was exploring some options. The final route will be about 11.6 miles with 2,200 ascent/descent and should take about 6 hours. The first 2 miles is an almost level stroll through the scenic Pink Beds with frequent views of the South Fork of the Mills River. The hike then gently ascends Rich Mountain for about 2 miles over the nicely graded Barnett Branch Trail. We then take the Black Mountain Trail where we’ll soon come to a scenic overlook for a snack break before descending to Buckhorn Gap and then climbing Clawhammer Mountain to our lunch spot with spectacular views (photo). After lunch we retrace our steps to Rich Mountain, where we will take the Black Mountain Trail to Club Gap where we will turn down the Club Gap Trail, cut through the Cradle of Forestry and return to the start. Paul

hike report: 21 people, 16 of whom signed up on the CMC Meetup site, enjoyed a beautiful hike with perfect weather. The hike featured the always beautiful Pink Beds with boardwalks over the crystalline Mills River, ridgeline winter views, open hardwood forest, a spectacular long range view from our lunch spot on Clawhammer Mountain and the magical disappearing waterfall! Final distance turned out to be 11.75 miles with 2,200’ of elevation gain and loss. See the CMC Facebook page for a group photo.


Sunday No. A1804-330      Dec 09, 2018
Raven Cliff Falls 8:00 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 95, 1450 ft. ascent, Rated B-B, wc100
Sarah Broughton, 828-564-3662, sarahebroughton@icloud.com
First Meeting Place: Ingles on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets Mall.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
Form carpools art first meeting place and meet leader at second meeting place. We’ll do a pleasant walk to the pedestrian bridge over the top of a beautiful 250 ft. waterfall in Caesar’s Head State Park in S.C. The hike will follow the Raven Cliff Falls Trail and a portion of the Foothills Trail to the bridge, and return on the same trails. $2 per person park fee.
Topo(s): Table Rock

scout report: I scouted this hike on a sunny day, the wind was cool but the sun felt warm. The temperature difference between the ridge and the creek was quite noticeable, so I recommend bringing layers. The creek over the falls was running very strong from a week of rain. Don't forget there is a $2 donation per person at the parking lot.

hike report: This hike was canceled due to inclement weather.


Saturday No. A1804-907      (canceled)      Dec 15, 2018
Wildcat Rock Trail 10:00 AM
Hike 5.1, Drive 50, 1635 ft. ascent, Rated C-A,
Brenda Worley, 828-684-8656, cell 828-606-7297, bjdworley@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Ingles on US 74-A 1-1/2 miles south of I-40 Exit 53.
Second Meeting Place: Upper Hickory Nut George Trailhead (Florence Nature Preserve) at 10:15 AM
The trail goes around an apple orchard and crosses Hickory Creek on a wooden bridge before beginning the ascent. We will climb 100 log steps to reach the 100-foot Little Bearwallow Falls at about 1 mile. After viewing the waterfall, we will climb more than 130 rock stairs as we ascend the side of the cliff line on our way to the Wildcat Rock Overlook Trail. We climb an additional 90+ rock stairs up to the Wildcat Rock where we will enjoy great views. We will continue on for another mile to the ridgeline of Bearwallow Mountain. Here we turn around to climb back down to our cars. Hike canceled because of rain.

hike report: This hike canceled due to rain.

scout report: Thanks Debby for scouting this trail with me 11/28/18. This is a new hike for CMC, and now that I have hiked this beautiful trail I understand why Conserving Carolina and Peter Barr received the Coalition of Recreational Trails' Achievement Award for Wildcat Rock Trail. The trail is an in-and-out and only 5.11 miles total but the elevation gain is 1638 feet. You will be amazed at the wonderful 100+ log steps in the first mile to the 100 ft Little Bearwallow falls. After that, we ascend 130+ beautiful rock steps to Wildcat Rock overlook spur trail which we bypass to hike an additional mile to the ridgeline of Little Bearwallow Mountain. Views of Little Pisgah and surrounding mountains are available all along the winding-rocky ascent. After reaching the Little Bearwallow Mountain ridgeline, we will return to the spur trail to the Wildcat Rock overlook and hiking the last 90 plus rock steps to the overlook for lunch. We then return back down the trail to our cars. Don't forget your poles and expect a good workout. Check the breaking news if the weather is iffy. The hike will be cancelled if the weather is wet and there is a possibility of ice on the trail.


Sunday No. A1804-216      Dec 16, 2018
Sams Gap to Devil Fork Gap on the A.T. 8:00 AM
Hike 8.5, Drive 90, 1900 ft. ascent, Rated B-A, at-mst
Tish Desjardins, 828-380-1452, desraylet@aol.com
First Meeting Place: 160 Zillicoa St. (USFS parking lot) off Exit 25 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Corner of US 25/70 & NC 208 at 8:30 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. please bring enough cars so that all are safely seat-belted to and from car shuttle trailheads.This section of the A.T. features nice views into Tennessee from the ridgeline, traversing a series of knobs along an unusual section of the TN-NC state line where Tennessee is east of N.C. and the southbound hiker is actually traveling north. Car shuttle.
Topo(s): Sams Gap

Sunday No. A1804-826      Dec 23, 2018
Corn Mill Shoals P.L. #4 Cedar Rock 8:30 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 80, 1300 ft. ascent, Rated B-B,
Michael Cornn, 828-458-1281, mcornn@aol.com and Kathy Cornn, 828-458-1281, katherinenkyle@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Ingles on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets Mall.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 9:00 AM
Form carpools and meet leaders at second meeting place. This three-loop hike will explore a rock quarry, mountain vistas and river views.
Topo(s): Standingstone Mtn

Saturday No. A1804-588      Dec 29, 2018
Coontree Loop Extended 9:00 AM
Hike 8.7, Drive 65, 2200 ft. ascent, Rated B-AA, p400
Sharon Smith, 704-877-7804, waltersharon204@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Ingles on NC 191 across from Asheville Outlets Mall.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 9:30 AM
Form carpools at first meeting place, and meet leader at second meeting place. We'll hike the Coontree Loop but extend it by including the Perry Cove and Bennett Gap Trails, with a short walk on FS 477 to connect the two.
Topo(s): Shining Rock

scout report: Judy M. and I scouted this hike yesterday DEC. 5TH. NICE WINTER WEATHER, SUNNY AND 32 DEGREES. STARTED AT 10: 10 AND FINISHED AT 3:40. 8.7 MILES. TOOK COONTREE UP THE LEFT TRAIL TO BENNETT CAP , UP TO BUCKWHEAT KNOB. THEN RETURNED THE SAME WAY. BUT THE DAY OF HIKE I THINK I'LL GO UP THE RIGHT TRAIL AND COME BACK DOWN THE LEFT. 2,201 TO MAKE IT A LOLLIPOP. FOOTING YEST. WAS A LITTLE TRICKY BECAUSE OF ALL THE LEAVES COVERING THE TRAIL AND ROOTS. LUNCH AT ROCK OUTCROPPING WAS BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF LOOKING GLASS, TENNET AND BLACK BALSAM.


Sunday No. A1804-186      Dec 30, 2018
Little Pisgah Mountain 9:00 AM
Hike 10.0, Drive 36, 2000 ft. ascent, Rated A-AA,
Bev MacDowell, 828-777-5806, bevmacdowellhappy@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: Ingles on US 74-A 1-1/2 miles south of I-40 Exit 53. We'll hike from the Florence Preserve parking lot up into an open meadow leading to the summit of Little Pisgah Mtn. If the weather is clear, the view doesn't get any better.
Topo(s): Bat Cave