December 9, 2012 · 10:00 AM
Plutons are the metamorphic rock domes created from molten lava and then uncovered by erosion, such as Looking Glass, John and Cedar Rocks.
We will meet at the Brevard Rd Ingles parking lot next to the Ingles sign. Look for a black 1993 Honda Accord. If you live south of Asheville, you can meet us at the Davidson River fish hatchery parking lot, we should be at the hatchery between 10:45 and 11:00. We should be back at Ingles by 6:00.
We will walk at a moderate pace, faster than Easy Hikers, slower than CMC. We will stop for a short lunch break as well as anything of interest.
From Davidson River fish hatchery trail head, 1.3mi E on Cat Gap Loop trail, 1.8mi on John Rock trail up and over open ledges of John Rock, 0.2 S on Cat Gap Loop trail, 2.4mi W on Art Loeb trail passing base of rock face on S side of Cedar Rock Mtn., 2.7mi N on Butter Gap trail, 1.1mi E on Cat Gap Loop trail returning to trailhead.
All of these trails or trail sections are rated as "moderate"; which means that a trail has a grade mostly less than 20% ( one foot of climb for each five feet of travel ), the footpath can be rocky and the trail may cross streams without footbridges.
NC hunting regulations prohibit hunting on public lands on Sundays.