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Hemphill Bald 9-10 miles same hike as last month

RSVPs open at WED 7:30 PM

 

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This is same hike done last month and  comments were very positive.

Here is webpage of last month's hike:

http://www.meetup.com/asheville-hiking/events/122598332/

Here are stats:

http://connect.garmin.com/activ

Let's take a hike in the Smokies! Hemphill Bald offers great views and a nice place to picnic. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us on this adventure. We will go at a leisurely pace so we can enjoy all of the great sights the Cataloochee area has to offer.

We will start at the Purchase Knob property to access the park. Purchase Knob was graciously donated to the park a short time ago. The property contains several interesting buildings as well as a fir tree farm. The views here are amazing year round. This area is not often visited and is a hidden gem.

Details;9-10 Miles,1500ft Elevation Gain, Out and back,No dogs - Park rules

Carpooling a must due to limited parking - no meeting at trailhead

45 minute drive

What to bring;

Plenty of water, Food and snackage, Hiking poles are recommended

Money for the drivers

THIS IS AN OPTIONAL DONATION OR GIVE BACK HIKE

Many groups maintain the existing trails that we all enjoy. You are welcome to join one and do the manual labor. These groups also appreciate cash contributions to fund trail maintenance. I will have addressed stamped envelopes  for the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy  group which is very involved in maintaining these trails. Please consider a $5 or $10 contribution (optional of course). I will put your check in the envelopes and mail in. A great way to ensure the trails we all enjoy will stay in good condition. Is tax deductible. Thank You - Craig

 

 

 

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  • Kim

    Another awesome hike with awesome people. Thanks, Craig, for making it happen!

    July 14, 2013

  • Kingsley K.

    I thought it was a fabulous hike, perfect distance, great people, a fearless leader, and also kinda cool to be walking in a cloud most of the day.

    2 · July 14, 2013

  • Sammy F.

    Great hike in the clouds with some great people. Although Hemphill Bald was socked in by fog (a view from which, I understand, is not to be mist--lol), it cleared up enough on the way back so that we at least we're able to enjoy the awesome views from the Swag and the Science Center. Thanks for leading the hike, Craig!

    July 14, 2013

  • Tanya

    Thanks for a great day! I really enjoyed meeting you all and appreciate how welcoming (and patient) you were.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Debra

    Thanks Craig for organizing this hike. It turned into a nice day with the sky opening up and cool temps. Nice group too.

    July 13, 2013

  • craig de c.

    Great group. Thanks for attending. Was a good day.

    3 · July 13, 2013

  • craig de c.

    Tom .... Thank God you're going. Now won't need emergency whistle, flare gun, satellite phone to call in helicopter rescue when I get group lost.

    July 11, 2013

    • Tanya

      Awesome! I love a good helicopter rescue!

      July 12, 2013

    • Tom S.

      Craig. Debra is running late. Went to wrong home depot but on her way.

      July 13, 2013

  • Suzette A.

    Wow. Finally got the computer to work. I cannot make it tomorrow now so you all have a great hike.

    July 13, 2013

  • Marie

    Hi there, I'm on the waiting list -- hoping I get to come! If so, I'm in Maggie Valley so wondering where I could meet you?
    Many thanks,
    G

    July 12, 2013

  • Kingsley K.

    I'm looking forward to hiking a trail that's new to me! If any of you need some pre-hike psych up music, come on out to Isis tonight for the Lizzy Ross Band (blues/jazz/bluegrass fusion). See you Saturday!

    July 12, 2013

  • Suzette A.

    I would love to join you if possible so let me know. Thanks

    July 11, 2013

  • Sammy F.

    Would love to go. This is a maybe for now; I have to change an appointment to go.

    July 11, 2013

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