We will meet at 8:30 am in the Ingles parking lot and do introductions and arrange how we will be carpooling to the trailhead. Let's try to squeeze in as few cars as possible, since there is limited parking at the trailhead. We will leave promptly at 8:45 am. We should be at the trailhead around 9:45am.
Make sure if you are carpooling, that you bring $$cash$$ for the driver!!
Near: Shining Rock Wilderness
Scenery: 4 Stars
Distance: About 11-12 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft (not sure about this)
Hike Time: 6 hours--should be back at Ingles about 4:30 - 5 pm
Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
Let's do a challenging hike in the Shining Rock Wilderness. We will start at the Big East Fork trailhead off 276 and take the Little East Fork and Grassy Cove trails to Shining Rock Gap then take the Old Butt trail back to the trailhead.
We will keep a good pace so please be sure of your hiking ablities. If you have not recently hiked 10 or more miles you should not consider going on this hike.
Directions to trail head: Take the Blue Ridge Parkway south from Asheville past Mt. Pisgah to Wagon Road Gap and take 276 (west) to the Big East Fork trailhead (about 2 miles on the left).
This is a dog friendly hike, as long as your dog is friendly!!