hike report:This was a beautiful sunny day that started cool but became more comfortable. Nice winter views along the ridgeline with two scenic breaks for a snack and lunch. We had 14 enthusiastic hikers. It was a great way to start 2020!
hike report:Fourteen of us hiked this series of figure eights on a sunny and warm January day in DuPont State Forest. We had to modify the hike because of heavy rains the night before the hike. The bridge crossing Little River after lunch on Cedar Rock was flooded as well as the trail past the bridge, according to hikers and bike riders we met on the trail, so we retraced part of our steps and saw a flooded Corn Shoals, added the Nooks Trail, which was less than a half mile loop, and then completed Burnt Mountain Trail loop before ending the hike at about 4 p.m. Several of us ate at Nine Mile in Asheville after the hike.
scout report:Michael and I scouted our January hike December 1st, which turned out to be the perfect hiking day. The views were incredibly clear. The hike is a labyrinth in Dupont, but with well marked junctions. It’s a combination of various trails and includes a view of Corn Shoals, Cedar Rock and the old quarry. There were mountain bike riders on the trails, but overall there wasn’t a lot of traffic. We also saw a few deer in the distance on the last loop of the hike. We started at about 11 and were finished a little after 4. Afterwards we ate at Sora’s, so we’ll probably eat there again after the hike in January.
hike report:Six of us took advantage of this fine day to hike the varied trails and view the beautiful landmarks on this hike, two waterfalls, icicles on the rocks on the parkway, and great close-up views of Looking Glass Rock. The hike up the challenging Case Camp trail started us off with a good workout with it's 900' elevation gain in 1 and 1/2 miles. Then we entered the gentle MST from the parkway to just before Skinny Dip Falls where we reentered the parkway to view the medium crop of icicles on the rocky side of the parkway. After lunch on the guardrails, we started down Seniard Ridge Trail and ran into a very interesting trail blockage. It appeared a bolder had rolled down the ridge, hit one large tree which hit another tree and blocked the trail completely. We had to take a detour and had a little trouble getting back on the trail. The rest of the hike was as usual with a beautiful display of water at the two waterfalls and an uneventful hike back to our cars. The downed trees on the trail were reported to trail maintenance.
scout report:Thanks to Debby for scouting this lovely hike with me. We started out on the trail at 9:05 and got back to the car at 2:10. The trail is in good shape but the first one and one-half miles is pretty much straight up with a 900' elevation gain. The rest of the trail is up and down until we reach the area on the parkway with the icicles. After that it is down hill until at the end when we climb up a short way back to the cars. Of course, there were no icicles but the waterfalls, Log Hollow and Logging Rd, were both beautiful and full of water due to the recent rains. It is possible that the gate on the access road will be closed which will require that we walk an additional .7 miles each way. My GPS recorded the hike at 7.83 miles with a 1960' climb. This is different from what is shown in the hike database. I will check it again during the hike before I make a change in the database.
hike report:It was a cold day early, but no snow or ice like we've had on this hike in previous years. 13 of us strolled over the gently rolling trail through the Biltmore section stopping for our much anticipated lunch at the Fresh Market half way through, taking the short access trail that leads you to that shopping center. A fun, different way to meet for lunch on a hike in their cozy cafe. None of us could believe we had done 14 miles at the end because of the cushy trail and the gentle slopes, meeting at 9am and ending at 4pm - the beauty of enjoying a great trail right here in Asheville. Les
scout report:The hikes to the waterfalls are on very popular and well maintained trails. All of the waterfalls are on the CMC challenge list.
hike report:Eleven hikers joined me on a beautiful, cold but clear day. We were all glad to be out in the sunshine and fresh air...haven’t been able to do much of that lately. The temp was 22 degrees when we started around 9:00 but was probably in the 40s by the time we finished up. Donna
hike report:There were 6 of us on this Bent Creek loop hike, and it was a great day. Started out chilly, but got into the mid 40's as the day went on. Clear blue skies, and we were pleasantly surprised to encounter very few bikers or hikers, considering it was a Saturday. We started at the Hardtimes Trailhead at 10:20, did our 6 mile loop, enjoyed lunch at the Lake Powhatan picnic area before finishing up at 1:20. Thanks, group, for a great hike, and welcome, Chuck, to your first CMC hike!
scout report:With great help from Ken and Carol Deal, we’ve put together a viable route for Saturday’s hike in Bent Creek. The “official’ description was a bit sketchy to say the least, so we created something from the map that we partially scouted on Sunday, made adjustments to, and I re-scouted it just now. It involves the Homestead Trail, Pine Tree Loop, Explorer Trail, Lower Sidehill Trail, and the Campground Connector to make a 6 mile loop, with the only repetition being the return on Homestead Trail to avoid walking on the road. So, the hike is a bit shorter than the 7.5 miles in the writeup, and instead of 800’ ascent, it’s only 515’. It’s and interesting and relaxing hike, but with it being on a Saturday, we’ll need to be on the lookout for bikers. Also with it being on Saturday, the Hardtimes TH parking lot will be crowded, so please plan to meet at the Asheville Outlets meeting place behind Waffle House and carpool from there to minimize the number of cars we need to park.
hike report:Eighteen hikers went on this ramble in Dupont Forest to view three waterfalls. Due to recent rains, the falls were full and picture perfect. The hike was modified due to the closure of Chestnut Oak Road, but we still had a pleasant 9.5 mile hike with lunch by picturesque Lake Dense.
scout report:Thanks to Brenda W and Daisy K for scouting this hike with me on Jan 24th. The falls were beautiful and rivers full of water. We had to modify the hike because Chestnut Oak Rd. is closed. We will start at the trail head for High Falls in the visitor center parking lot. After High Falls and Triple Falls, we will hike over the Covered Bridge then Follow Conservation Rd taking the Pitch Pine Trail to Three Lakes Trail. Lunch will be by one of the lakes before hiking to Bridal Veil Falls then returning via Conservation Rd and the Covered Bridge to the parking lot. The total distance will be about 8.5 miles.
scout report:Friday , Febuary 7th Judy M, Debbie J. , Sallie S. , and I scouted this hike. It was the day after we got 6 inches of rain, but I took my chances. There are 12 creek crossings! One way. We were able to cross all of them with no trouble. Well, boots got a little wet , but feet stayed dry. The trail is in great condition. You get your climb after about 4 and a half miles. Switchbacks make it not so bad. We encountered snow showers the whole day. But still had views at the top of Pisgah Inn. This is a great winter hike, views, good trail, and solitude.
hike report:13 hikers enjoyed this moderate hike in cool sunny weather. We first stopped at the visitor center, and walked to the spectacular overlook from the top of Caesars Head. Next we drove 1 mile back to the trail parking lot, and hiked up-and-down trails to the bridge at the top of 250'-high Raven Cliff Falls, and then back to the other side to view the falls from the viewing platform on the other side of the valley. For info, the parking fee for Caesars Head St. Park is $3/person, and every S.C. park sets its own fees. I was told that the fee at Jones Gap St. Park is $5/person. Also, the parking lot for this hike fills up early, but additional parking is available along US 276 and an overflow parking lot 1/4 north of the main parking lot.
hike report:Eight hikers showed up to walk the Camino Norte - a hike that was postponed from last week's snow. Three new people came - they were members of the Asheville Camino group. We discovered a new upcoming restaurant and several new and forgotten houses on Sunset Dr. The Grove Park Inn was as welcoming as ever. A great day for all. Danny
scout report:Yesterday (Tuesday) I scouted this lovely hike through Asheville. The walk goes through Montford and North Asheville. There have been several changes to the sights. So if you've done this hike before, come on back. Make sure to have some water and a lunch. We'll stop at the Grove Park Inn for a morning coffee but we'll eat our own packed lunch.
hike report:Beautiful, mild, sunny day along these trails --- gorgeous distant views --- nice relaxing hike --- upper Hickey Falls was in full blast in its splendid various tiers --- wonderful job by CMC's Burnsville trail crew (John Whitehouse) where they eliminated 24 blowdowns this past Wednesday (and new waterbars) --- entertained at the end of the hike by a lone hiker with his long pipe (Swiss thing) per our request --- ran into folks I know that live on Hickey Fork road and they praised CMC for the trail work that they do!!!!! Fun day!!
hike report:14 hikers joined me for this very pleasant hike to the Thompson River. The sky was overcast but we completed the hike without any rain materializing. We started out from the Bad Creek parking lot around 11:10 am and with only a couple brief stops, we arrived at the Thompson River at 12:50 for lunch. On the return, there was interest expressed for checking out the Lower Whitewater Falls Lookout. Twelve of us ended up completing the extra 1.8-mile roundtrip to the viewing platform that offered a spectacular view of the falls. With the extra mileage, the elevation gain for the hike was in the neighborhood of 1950 feet cumulatively. Everyone agreed that the extra effort was well worth it. We arrived back at the parking lot at 4:10 pm.
scout report:Bruce and Sallye scouted this hike with me on Friday, 2/28, a fair weather day after a string of wet days. Ample parking and portable toilets at Bad Creek Trail Access. The spur trail from the trailhead to join with the Foothills Trail is 0.7 miles long and is in very good condition with sturdy bridges over the Whitewater River. The 2.7 miles of the Foothills Trail that take us to the Thompson River is in good shape as well with a couple downed trees that will not present any difficulty to the average hiker. After lunch by the river, we set off looking for the 'manway' to head up the east side of the river. Unfortunately, we soon found that it was a tough bush-whack with rhododendrons and brambles, and steep and unstable terrain slowing us down. After 45 minutes, Sallye and I had covered only half the distance of the 'manway'. I made the decision to turn around. I do not think that others would want to participate in a venture that carries significant risks of injury. We modified our return to include a walk along Musterground Road (a gravel road), an alternate way to return to the parking lot that provides some great views of Lake Jocassee. This will be a moderate hike of approximately 7 miles at a moderate pace. Sorry - we won't see Big Falls on this hike.
hike report:No one met Kathleen at our first meeting place. She met Paul and me and two new CMC hikers, Kerry and Chuck at McDonalds in Marion. Our new hikers stated they would prefer an off trail adventure to an out and back hike. We set a shuttle car and the adventure began. The five of us set out on a cloudy morning and followed the Woods Mtn horse trail to its junction with the MST. As we worked our way up the mountain, we enjoyed winter views of Table Rock, Hawksbill and Dobson Knob as well as Lake Tahoma and Lake James. After a nice lunch at the summit of Woods Mtn, we began our bushwhack down the ridgeline on our newly discovered route off the mountain. About 3/4 mile down the ridgeline, we saw an old roadbed we had not noticed a couple of weeks earlier. After a little discussion among the group, we decided to follow this old roadbed and see if it connected with our planned route. Sure enough. in a little while we were back on our planned bushwhack route and have now discovered an easier route to follow when bushwhacking up the mountain. I will lead this hike from now on on our new route. After the hike, Kerry and Chuck said they look forward to this kind of hikes in the future. This will be another new hike for CMC ! AWESOME! Thanks to Kathleen Hannigan and Paul Benson for helping me scout the mountains of McDowell County to create new hikes for CMC. Thanks to Kerry and Chuck for their sense of adventure! Photos courtesy of Paul Benson and Chuck Thrift.
scout report:I had plenty of company on this scout hike and I really appreciated the good friends that came with me on a just OK weather day. There is one stream crossing, so wear waterproof boots, just in case you slip off one of the rock hops. This is a fairly moderate hike and the trails are in good condition. We will proceed on this circular route in a clockwise direction from Pink Beds Parking Lot and gently climb up to Buckhorn Gap. We will have one strenuous climb up to Soapstone Ridge, about 450 feet vertical and then follow the Ridge Line down and descend to Club Gap. We will have some nice views along the ridge line.