Art Loeb Trail/Black Balsam/Tennent Mountain & BLUEBERRIES. (SEE RAIN NOTE)

  • August 18, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Meet at Ingles in Arden at 8am, meet and greet, and set up the carpooling.  We will leave promptly at 8:15am.

Plan to carpool, there is limited parking.  Also if you ride with someone, have cash to give for gas $$$$.

Trails in the loop:  #108 Art Loeb Spur (The quickest way to the summit of 6214' Black Balsam Knob itself is via the Art Loeb trail at the gap. This is a walk of about 1/2 mile which gains about 400' in elevation. It passes through open, grassy and rocky mountain meadows and this short walk is highly recommended!) to #146 Art Loeb (This is only part of the Art Loeb trail, it skirts Black Balsam knob, but we will actually go over the knob, and then go over Tennent Mountain.  The Art Loeb trail is a narrow, single wide trail that crosses over the tops of the mountains, it is rocky and is the most difficult part of the hike.) to #101 Ivester Gap (which will take us back to the parking area, and is the easiest part of the hike, although the roadbed is rocky.)

Trail Distance:  Approx. 5+/- miles (Don't hold me to the mileage)

Type of Trail: Loop

Blaze: White

Difficulty: DIFFICULT to easy

We will be stopping frequently to pick blueberries if there are any ready.

The Black Balsam area includes some of the most spectacular mountain balds in the Southern Appalachians, including Black Balsam Knob, Sam Knob, and Tennent Mountain. These treeless mountaintops draw people from afar due to their sweeping views and alpine-like appearance.

Black Balsam Knob, also known as Black Balsam Bald, is the second highest mountain in the Great Balsam Mountains. The Great Balsams are within the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the Appalachian Mountains. It is the 23rd highest of the 40 mountains in North Carolina over 6000 feet.

The top of the mountain is a grassy bald that affords a panoramic view. The origin of grassy balds in southern Haywood county is a result of extensive clear-cut logging and locomotive fires in 1925 and 1942. These fires burned deep down into the mineral-rich topsoil slowing reforestation or stopping it altogether. Examples of this cannot only be found on Black Balsam knob, but many of its neighboring peaks and ridges. These unique features contribute greatly to the area's popularity, but the heavy amount of foot traffic also does further damage to this already fragile ecosystem.

Tennent Mountain in the Great Balsams is a brilliant grassy bald with a rocky summit situated in Pisgah National Forest. The relatively easy hike on the well maintained Art Loeb trail offers some of the most spectacular mountain vistas in the Southeast.
There is a large summit marker at the top dedicated to Gaillard Stoney Tennent [masked]) who, according to the plaque, “established organized hiking in North Carolina.”

RAIN NOTE:  The rain chances are 60 or 70%.  Bring appropriate gear.  I MIGHT CANCEL or shorten the hike if the weather is really bad.

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  • Kim

    As beautiful hiking in the clouds as it was when it cleared. Thanks for leading us to the blueberries, Tracey.

    August 18, 2013

  • Ruthy C.

    Sometimes you have to just brave the weather and see what happens...turned out to be a great hike. Thanks Tracey for leading the group and getting all those blueberries.

    2 · August 18, 2013

  • Eric

    Wonderful and awesome day for a hike, I loved the weather up there, really cool drive up and drive back!

    August 18, 2013

  • Tracey R.

    Started out a little foggy and damp, but turned into a gorgeous day with great view and wonderful people!!! Thank you all for coming out. Look for this to repeat in a few weeks.

    2 · August 18, 2013

  • sarah

    Great group, a wonderful hike. Thanks Tracey for all the time to do, well, you know.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Ruthy C.

    Meet you at the trailhead

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Lilian

    I'm gonna bail d/t weather. Watch sun will appear around 9...

    August 18, 2013

  • Tracey R.

    Brevard forecast looks okay for a couple hours this morning...but yes, chances are we will get wet...for sure your feet! Bring dry socks and shoes (and clothes) for after the hike.

    August 18, 2013

  • Ruthy C.

    Guess we're gonna get wet!!!

    August 18, 2013

  • sarah

    Can I get in on a carpool? I live just south of the Mission Hosp. One minute off Biltmore Ave. I have a car, driving together is so much nicer- Sarah

    August 17, 2013

    • sarah

      See you at SUBWAY at 8am-

      August 17, 2013

    • Malba L.

      Perfect, see you there. I have your phone now. Good night.

      August 18, 2013

  • Kristin

    sorry, can't make that early a start tomorrow :(

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Lilian

    Awesome. Hey, I'm in Hendo, if anyone needs a ride up to the ingles.

    August 17, 2013

  • Tracey R.

    Weather forecast: Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 69F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

    Update your RSVP if you're not going to make it!

    August 17, 2013

  • Banana P.

    Exhausted tonight. Someone else can enjoy my berries.

    August 17, 2013

  • Sutton

    Blueberry Picking Tip taught to my by more experienced folks: Use a one gallon plastic milk jug. Loop your belt thru the handle so you will have two hands free to pick berries. Cut out a hand-size portion of the top/front of the jug to drop berries in. Enjoy!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Alison

    Not sure if I will be able to go...depends how much work I get done later today.

    August 17, 2013

  • Kim B

    Too much going on, gearing back up for school. Ya'll have fun!

    August 17, 2013

  • Don H.

    Hi All! Looking for a ride from W AVL. You can text me at[masked]-4159. Thanks very much.

    August 17, 2013

  • Mary H.

    Was looking forward to meeting the group, but unplanned visitors just dropped in for the weekend.

    August 17, 2013

  • Ruthy C.

    Funny, this was my first moderate hike with AHG back in 2011 when I just joined. I met Tracey and others and too many to mention(ok Ken too) and that's when I fell in love with hiking these mountains!!

    2 · August 16, 2013

    • Tracey R.

      It's your anniversary hike Ruthy!!

      1 · August 17, 2013

  • Tracey R.

    Rain chances are still at 50%...so be prepared to get wet!

    1 · August 17, 2013

  • Malba L.

    Just checking, - if I am the only person on the waiting list, would you pleaaaase, pleeease take me anyway:))))

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Sutton

    I'll look forward to this, so long as no lightning. Rain shouldn't stop me. i will meet @ trailhead.

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Bobby Lane S.

    I'd love to do this hike but I'm the afternoon hiker type

    August 16, 2013

  • Luis F.

    If I get called into work. I will change my rsvp

    August 16, 2013

  • Kat

    I'd like to go if someone will allow me to carpool with my 80lb wet labrador (if it rains)

    August 16, 2013

  • sarah

    Tracey- Thanks for leading!

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • NANCY

    Tracey....Michael and I were just up there on Sunday and picked a small amount of blueberries. Most of the berries weren't ripe enough....but maybe you'll have better luck!

    1 · August 16, 2013

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