This outing will consist of two hikes, each with a group size limit of 12. They will take place simultaneously. This will require us to split the group at the trailhead.
The Brookshire Creek Trail is a moderate 5-mile in & out hike to a beautiful waterfall. The trail follows the Bald River 2.5~ miles to an unnamed waterfall in the Upper Bald River Wilderness Study Area. There, participants can cool off in the pool at the base of the waterfall after enjoying their lunch. This hike is mostly along an old rail grade. There are two stream crossings in each direction, so appropriate footwear should be worn.
The Kirkland Creek Trail is a gem! This moderate 6-mile in & out hike will require 12 stream crossings in either direction. That means that participants will be in & out of the water 24 times before the day is done. The rhododendron along this trail can be spectacular. The trail is mostly level the entire hike. There is a slight uphill grade the last mile or so. Water shoes are strongly recommended for this hike.
Registration for this outing will open on May 29.