Hike Schedule 2017 Format
ALL-DAY WEEKEND

Sunday No. A2003-927      Jul 05, 2020
Lower Pisgah Ridge Loop 8:00 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 55, 1550 ft. ascent, Rated B-A, at-mst, p400,wc100
Bruce Bente, 828-692-0116, cell 828-699-6296, bbente@bellsouth.net
Only Meeting Place: BRP French Broad Overlook at MM 393.8. This new CMC hike is a loop around and through Graveyard Fields, using the "Boundary Trail", MST past Skinny Dip Falls, and a side trail to Upper Falls. Expect pleasant high-altitude hiking on little-used trails and seeing two nice waterfalls.

Saturday No. A2003-68      Jul 11, 2020
Big Butt from Balsam Gap 8:30 AM
Hike 6.0, Drive 46, 1650 ft. ascent, Rated C-A,
Brenda Worley, 828-684-8656, cell 828-606-7297, bjdworley@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: Back parking lot of Folk Art Center. This moderate in-and-out hike will be at over 5000 feet elevation. There are three climbs: to Point Misery and Little Butt (steep) on the way in, and to Point Misery on the return. The hike goes through a northern hardwood/spruce forest with excellent views of the Black Mountains. We anticipate a nice display of turk's-cap lilies in bloom.
Topo(s): Montreat

Sunday No. A2003-473      Jul 12, 2020
Mt. Mitchell, Maple Camp Bald Loop 8:30 AM
Hike 7.5, Drive 70, 1500 ft. ascent, Rated B-B, sb6k
Henry Kassell, 845-656-5528, hkassell@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: Back parking lot of Folk Art Center. This is a loop following the MST/ Mt. Mitchell and Buncombe Horse Range Trails to Maple Camp Bald. After lunch, backtrack a short distance and climb steeply on the Big Tom Gap Trail (191A) up to the Crest Trail, then return to Mt. Mitchell parking lot via Big Tom and Mt. Craig. NOTE: This hike has steep, rocky sections which are often wet and slippery.
Topo(s): Mt. Mitchell

Sunday No. A2003-396      Jul 19, 2020
Thompson Ridge and Pilot Rock 9:00 AM
Hike 9.6, Drive 35, 2300 ft. ascent, Rated A-AA, at-mst, p400
Les Love, 828-658-1489, cell 828-230-1861, lesrlove55@gmail.com and Catherine Love, 828-658-1489, catmlove2@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Buck Springs Gap Overlook near the Buck Springs Lodge site at 9:30 AM
We will hike down the MST, Laurel Mtn. and Pilot Rock Trails, then take the Pilot Rock Extension Trail to the base of Pilot Rock for lunch. Next we'll hike down to and along FS 1206 for a mile, then climb 1500 feet up the Thompson Creek, Pilot Rock and MST. Expect great views along the way.
Topo(s): Cruso

Saturday No. A2003-337      Jul 25, 2020
Shining Rock from Black Balsam #1 7:30 AM
Hike 11.0, Drive 65, 1500 ft. ascent, Rated A-B, p400,sb6k
Jim Magura, 828-606-3989, jqs290@gmail.com and Judy Magura, 828-606-1490, quilter290@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Intersection of FS 816 and Art Loeb Trail at 8:30 AM
We will take the ALT from FS 816 to Shining Rock (6040 ft.), climbing Black Balsam (6214 ft.), Tennent Mtn. (6040 ft.) and Grassy Cove Top (6040 ft.) along the way. This will be your chance to bag four SB6K peaks while enjoying beautiful views covering the area from Pilot Mtn. to Cold Mtn. We’ll return via the Ivestor Gap Trail to get a different perspective on the same area.
Topo(s): Sam Knob

Sunday No. A2003-475      Jul 26, 2020
Hump Mountain and Yellow Mountain Area 8:00 AM
Hike 8.4, Drive 140, 2400 ft. ascent, Rated B-AA,
Michael Cornn, 828-458-1281, mwcornn@gmail.com and Kathy Cornn/Kyle, 828-458-1282, katherinenkyle@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: 160 Zillicoa St. (USFS parking lot) off Exit 25 of I-26. Beat the heat and join us along one of the most scenic areas on the A.T. near Roan Mountain (Roan-Unaka Range). We will hike from Roaring Creek Road to Yellow Mountain Gap, joining the A.T. along an open ridge to Little Hump Mtn. and Hump Mtn. We will have lunch on a grassy bald at 5587 ft. and return to Yellow Mtn. Gap, then take the Overmountain Victory Loop back to the trailhead.
Topo(s): Carvers Gap

Sunday No. A2003-697      Aug 02, 2020
Silers Bald 8:00 AM
Hike 9.0, Drive 150, 2000 ft. ascent, Rated B-AA, sb6k
Carroll Koepplinger, 828-667-0723, cell 828-231-9444, cakoep29@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: Home Depot off Exit 44 of I-40. 900M From the Clingman’s Dome parking lot, we will hike to the grassy meadow of Silers Bald. The ridgeline trail offers wonderful views, at one point only a few feet wide with dropoffs on either side. We’ll return via the same route, with a visit to the summit of Clingman’s Dome, the highest point on the A.T.
Topo(s): Clingmans Dome

Sunday No. A2003-61      Aug 09, 2020
Wayah Bald to Siler Bald 8:00 AM
Hike 12.0, Drive 150, 2300 ft. ascent, Rated A-AA, at-mst
Donna Lanning, 828-684-7083, cell 828-606-7956, dblanning@bellsouth.net
Only Meeting Place: Home Depot off Exit 44 of I-40. Starting at Wayah Gap, we will follow the A.T. northbound to 5342-ft. Wayah Bald, then turn south on the A.T. to 5216-ft. Siler Bald, and then back to our cars. Both balds feature some of the most spectacular 360-degree views in western NC.
Topo(s): Wayah Bald

Saturday No. A2003-928      Aug 15, 2020
Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook - Old Bald Access 10:30 AM
Hike 6.4, 1350 ft. ascent, Rated B-B, at-mst
Marcia Bromberg, 828-505-0471, cell 860-798-9905, mwbromberg@yahoo.com
Only Meeting Place: BRP Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook at MM 436.7. Driving distance from Asheville = 80 miles RT. Best driving route is I-40 to Exit 27, US 23/74 and BRP north. A lovely hike on a seldom-used part of the MST way up high where it will be cool and green. Enjoy interesting trees, long views, wildflowers and maybe even a few blueberries.

Sunday No. A2003-925      Aug 16, 2020
Palmer Creek Trail from Pretty Hollow Trail 8:30 AM
Hike 9.8, Drive 80, 1750 ft. ascent, Rated A-A,
Daisy Teng Karasek, 828-505-2036, cell 408-887-3666, daisytk@yahoo.com
First Meeting Place: Home Depot off Exit 44 of I-40.
Second Meeting Place: Pilot Truck Stop off Exit 24 of I-40 at 8:45 AM - but contact leader first.
900M This hike starts in the Cataloochee valley from the Pretty Hollow Gap trailhead. We stay on Pretty Hollow Gap Trail for 1.6 miles before we branch off onto Palmer Creek Trail. A steady climb of 1500 feet over 3.3 miles takes us along the creek, over footlogs, up to Trail Ridge, and ends on Balsam Mountain Road. We return the same way, going downhill.

Sunday No. A2003-205      Aug 23, 2020
Waterrock Knob from Soco Gap 8:30 AM
Hike 9.0, 1950 ft. ascent, Rated B-A, at-mst, sb6k
Daisy Teng Karasek, 828-505-2036, cell 408-887-3666, daisytk@yahoo.com
Only Meeting Place: Maggie Valley Post Office. Driving distance from Asheville = 75 mls. RT. This hike starts from Soco Gap with an elevation of 4,400 feet and heads steadily up to Waterrock Knob at close to 6,400 feet. We will enjoy the view as we eat our lunch at the top. This section of the MST was completed by CMC in 2016. Expect to be impressed by the work that went into building this trail. We will visit Howard's Bridge, Piet's Place and some big oak, spruce and maple trees. We will return on the same trail.
Topo(s): Hazelwood

Saturday No. A2003-373      Aug 29, 2020
Yellow Mountain 8:30 AM
Hike 12.3, 3050 ft. ascent, Rated AA-AA+, ltc
Sallye Sanders, 208-550-2070, sallye_sanders@yahoo.com
Only Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo. Driving distance from Asheville = 120 mls. RT. We’ll hike in the Cowee Mtns. on a heavily forested, high-altitude trail that ascends three peaks going in and two on the way back. Views from the Yellow Mtn. observation tower are great – a fine lunch spot. Strenuous but rewarding.
Topo(s): Glenville,Highlands

Sunday No. A2003-531      Aug 30, 2020
Mills River Overlook - Pisgah Inn 8:30 AM
Hike 9.2, 2360 ft. ascent, Rated A-AA, at-mst, p400
Lorraine Bernhardt, 828-676-0255, cell 828-699-8857, lsbernhardt50@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: BRP Mills River Overlook at MM 404.5. Driving mileage from Asheville = 25 mls. RT. This is a shorter version of hike #531. Enjoy the cool air and mountain views along the MST as we climb to Pisgah Inn and return to the Mills River Overlook. After Little Pisgah Mountain, it’s downhill all the way.
Topo(s): Dunsmore Mt

Sunday No. A2003-95      Sep 06, 2020
Hemphill Bald from Polls Gap 9:00 AM
Hike 9.5, 1600 ft. ascent, Rated A-A,
Danny Bernstein, 828-450-0747, dannyhiker@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: Maggie Valley Post Office. 900M Driving mileage from Asheville = 95 mls. RT. We will hike from Polls Gap to our scenic lunch spot at Hemphill Bald in the GSMNP, with outstanding views. The return route will be via the same trail. On the drive back, we'll stop at the Masonic Marker. Email to reserve your spot. Must be paid-up CMC member.
Topo(s): Dellwood

Saturday No. A2003-53      Sep 12, 2020
East Fork Pigeon River 10:00 AM
Hike 8.5, Drive 65, 1200 ft. ascent, Rated B-B, p400
Barbara Morgan, 828-460-7066, barbc129@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26. The East Fork of the Pigeon River is a great place to be on a hot September day. We’ll hike in the morning, and on our return, we’ll have a chance to play in one of the many pools or just lounge on the rocks before heading back to our cars. Bring water shoes, towel, etc. This hike is limited to 6; please contact leader for reservation.
Topo(s): Shining Rock

Sunday No. A2003-578      Sep 13, 2020
Flat Laurel Creek, Little Sam Knob, MST Loop 9:15 AM
Hike 8.0, 1500 ft. ascent, Rated B-B, at-mst
Michael Cornn, 828-458-1281, mwcornn@gmail.com and Kathy Cornn/Kyle, 828-458-1282, katherinenkyle@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: BRP Cold Mountain Overlook at MM 412. Driving distance from Asheville = 80 mls. RT. This is a pleasant loop trail with views of Sam Knob, Fork Ridge and Flat Laurel Creek. We'll hike in a counter-clockwise direction, up the MST with a side trip to Devils Courthouse for lunch, down the Little Sam Knob Trail to Flat Laurel Creek and then a gentle return on the Flat Laurel Creek Trail. We'll end with a short walk along NC 215 to our cars.
Topo(s): Sam Knob

Sunday No. A2003-683      Sep 20, 2020
Hooker Falls P.L. #3 - Five Falls Loop 8:30 AM
Hike 11.2, 1250 ft. ascent, Rated A-B, wc100
Danny Bernstein, 828-450-0747, dannyhiker@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo. Driving distance from Asheville = 85 miles RT. From Bi-Lo, we will caravan to the trailhead at Hooker Falls in DuPont Forest. This hike takes in five outstanding waterfalls and two cemeteries. On the way, we'll climb to a ridge in the forest that gets fewer visitors. The number of hikers is limited to 10, including the leader. You must be a paid-up CMC member; no guests. Email to reserve your spot.
Topo(s): Standingstone Mtn

Saturday No. A2003-365      Sep 26, 2020
Mt. Mitchell Ramble 9:00 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 65, 1400 ft. ascent, Rated B-B, sb6k
Karen Lachow, 703-395-5879, heyk127@hotmail.com
Only Meeting Place: Back parking lot of Folk Art Center. We’ll do a loop on several trails in the Mt. Mitchell area, including the Old Mt. Mitchell Trail, Camp Alice Road and the Commissary Ridge Trail. There will be an optional side trip to Mt. Craig and/or Big Tom.
Topo(s): Montreat,Mt. Mitchell

Sunday No. A2003-876      Sep 27, 2020
Lost Cove from Poplar 8:00 AM
Hike 9.0, Drive 90, 2000 ft. ascent, Rated B-AA,
Mike Knies, 828-628-6712, knies06@att.net
Only Meeting Place: 160 Zillicoa St. (USFS parking lot) off Exit 25 of I-26. This hike will use a combination of old roads and manways to hike into the former community of Lost Cove from Poplar, NC. Learn the history of this settlement while visiting old home sites, a cemetery, sawmill and apple house. We will hike gradually uphill along the Nolichucky River to Lost Cove, and return via the same route.
Topo(s): Chestoa,Huntdale