updated Friday morning 10/12.
The weather promises to be fabulous fall weather! not crystal clear but Mostly sunny and cool-ish. Please wear layers. We will be hiking during the warmest part of the day, but high is forecast to be around 60 in late afternoon.
We will leave promptly at 9:00 am from the parking lot. Our rest stop will be on I-40 between Burlington and Greensboro. As we head west on I-40, it will be the rest stop just after University Dr. exit. We will be there around 10:00 am (for those who live west of Raleigh and want to meet us there, please let me know)
We will meet in the middle of the parking lot between McDonalds and Dicks Sporting goods.
Look for a meet up sign. I will have a map for each driver.
This will be a car pool event. Show up with either a full tank of gas and a cooler in your trunk or $10 for the driver to cover his/her fuel costs. Wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and pack a picnic lunch.
We will leave the parking lot at Brier Creek promptly at 9:00 am.
The drive to Pilot Mountain takes 2 hours. There will be one rest stop on I-40 between Burlington and Greensboro, just after University Dr. exit.
We will then walk the 0.9-mile trail around the Pilot Mountain pinacle (the Jemeokee Trail) and then enjoy our picnic lunch together. I need to research trail maps a bit more; a 2-mile hike will occur after lunch. For those who want a more challenging hike, I will have a map of another trail, but you will be on your own.
Those who stick with the Pinnacle hike and the 2-mile hike afterwards can plan to arrive back in Raleigh around 4:30.
Some may choose to stop somewhere on the way back for dinner. I'll map a few recommendations.
See you tomorrow morning!! Thanks!