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Montreat and Graybeard Mountain Hike

  • Sep 8, 2013 · 9:15 AM

How about a hike in Montreat on Sunday?   This hike will be a challenging/strenuous 9-11 mile circuit hike. Limited to 12 hikers. Friendly dogs welcome (with leash handy). No attendance without a "yes" RSVP. No meeting at the trailhead.  We will meet at the Ingles on Tunnel Rd. near the VA Hospital at 9:15am and carpool to Montreat by 9:30am.

Be sure of your hiking abilities! We will keep a good pace, but are not (to steal a phrase) trying to break any land speed records. We will stay together, and will wait at each trail crossing. If you have any doubts about attending, pls change your RSVP as soon as possible. No-shows will be blacklisted. Be considerate to those on the waiting list!

We will start on Graybeard Trail (3m, moderate, blue blaze), past Walker Knob (4780 ft) past Big Slaty/False Graybeard (5260 ft) to Graybeard Mountain (5408 ft) for views.  We will then head on to West Ridge TR then follow West Ridge TR (1.5+, rugged/strenuous/rocky/exposed,gray blaze) and on to Big Piney TR (1.5m, strenuous and steep, orange blaze) down to Suwanee Dr. and back to the parking area. Elevation change @ 2338 ft.

The map here is not our exact route but close to our route.

! Read Please be sure of your hiking abilities before signing on for this hike.  I need to feel confident that everyone is prepared for this hike.

As always, wear reasonable shoes. Dress for the weather. Bring plenty of food and water.

Meet at Ingles Tunnel Road (1141 Tunnel Road across from VA) at  9:15am and leave for Montreat at 9:30am.


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  • Forest D.

    Great hike today. Thanks to everyone who came out. Here are the hike details:

    September 8, 2013

    • Nancy C.

      Thank you! It was a lot of fun and quite a workout!!

      September 8, 2013

  • Don L

    Sorry, work has called me for tomorrow. My regrets

    September 7, 2013

  • Bandit

    sorry, prolly won't make this. looks like there will still be room if plans change.

    September 6, 2013

  • Dana B.

    How long will this lasts? As long as it ends by 5pm, I'm in!

    September 5, 2013

    • Forest D.

      Should be done by 5pm but you never know...

      September 6, 2013

  • Bandit're considering last sunday a break? Hmmm...

    1 · September 5, 2013

    • Forest D.

      No, I actually didn't really read the repost. Sorry!

      September 6, 2013

  • Allen

    Doing Linville on Sunday, have a good hike

    September 5, 2013

  • Debra

    I have to be at work by 5 so I'll have to skip it this time.

    September 5, 2013

  • Mary Beth H.

    Dog gone it....I'm off Sunday and want to hike but my poor feet won't let me do that long of one, especially with working full time now on them. I'll be thinking of you guys and wishing I was there. Any other less intense hikes going on???

    September 5, 2013

  • Betsye L.

    Not this time. Did Montreat last week. It was/is beautiful..

    September 5, 2013

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