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Yikes! In case any of you were wondering where I've been, I've been laid up with a torn hamstring since November. After a steady, but glacially slow recovery, it seems like I'm ready for a test. I found this moderately strenuous hike that was posted by Sean last year; it fits the bill for the next step in my slacker like recovery. I think the hike was rained out in last fall's deluge, so we should give it another go. The following is Sean's description: "We'll start out in Montreat and hike this fantastic, classic summit hike. The hike starts in the shadows of a deep valley and culminates atop one of Western North Carolina's preeminent 5000-footers. The hike features widely varied scenery in an area managed as wilderness, yet the trails are well marked, blazed, an maintained. Follows a historical railroad along one particularly enjoyable segment. Features streamside forest scenes, a small waterfall, and panoramic views from the high points. This is a moderately strenuous hike and clocks in around 9 miles, with 2400 feet of elevation gain." Remember to bring water, lunch and a light jacket. Hiking poles are optional, but they can be helpful on the descent. Almost as exciting as the hike, I found a German restaurant in Black Mountain (Berliner Kindl) that looks very authentic. They also import some of my favorite beer that we liked when we lived in Germany (i.e. Warsteiner). We'll stop there after the hike for dinner. The drive from our meetup point is about 2 hours. Please join us! Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm) Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (http://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)
Trip Organizer: __MikeD__ Activity Type: __Hike_ Difficulty Rating: _Strenuous_______ The new observation deck at Sassafras Mountain is open: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/2019/apr/apr22_sassafras.php This will be an up and back loop hike of about 10 miles RT with net elevation difference of 1500 ft ±. Some short sections are very steep, but no scrambling or bushwacking is involved. We will be mostly on the Palmetto trail. Participants please arrange carpooling from Charlotte area. You will meet me at Holly Springs Store. We will likely eat in Landrum aftwards. Please supply answers to the four pop up questions when you signup. I prefer you contact me by Meetup Message, but see below if you decide to post a comment. **************************************************** Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (https://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm) Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (https://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)
Trip Organizer: Pam Kain Activity Type: hike Difficulty Rating: strenuous due to the 9 mile length and 1,426 ft elevation gain. Is there anything better than wild ponies? Add to that exercise, beautiful views, and a great dinner spot; this is going to be an amazing experience. The summit of Mount Rogers, Virginia’s highest peak, can be reached via a nine mile out-and-back hike starting from Grayson Highlands State Park. The hike follows the Appalachian Trail for most of the way and crosses into Jefferson National Forest. We start with a scenic drive up through Route 362 and into Grayson Highlands State Park. The drive includes incredible, open field beauty with constant views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Along almost the entire route there are chances for CLOSE encounters with wild ponies and free range cattle. In all, about 150 ponies roam this countryside. There is an entry-parking fee into Grayson Highlands State Park of $10 per car. Weather can be unpredictable and Mt Rogers is often referred to as the Mt Washington of the Southeast. Be prepared for wild temperature swings and precipitation at a moments notice. GPS coordinates are useful to reach the parking area:[masked], [masked]. The hike begins at the Massie Gap parking lot with the trailhead immediately north of the lot through a field filled with wild flowers wild berries that attract the most amazing birds and butterflies. We'll pass through several gates (be sure to close them) and the first one across this first field and marks the beginning of Rhododendron Trail (Massey Gap - AT Connector). The only confusing section of the trail is at the point where Rhododendron Trail (Massey Gap - AT Connector) intersects with the AT: Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club (VA) and the Virginia Highlands Connector Trail. Maps show all 3 trails connecting at the same location. There are many sign posts, but they are not always intuitive. The important thing is to find your way to the AT heading southbound. The area is very open and easy to spot all the trails, so just be sure you are on the right one. We will continue on the AT and about 0.9 miles later, bear left onto the Wilburn Ridge Trail. This short trail contains a rock scramble and offers some of the best views on the hike. Rhodendron Gap follows about 1 mile after the Wilburn Ridge Trail rejoins the AT. Here we climb Pinnacle Rock for 360-degree views. This is a must-see and a great place for a break. With no trees to block the breeze it can be very windy. Rested, we continue on the AT for another 1.5 miles, passing the Thomas Knob Shelter, entering the Lewis Fork Wilderness, and picking up the Mount Rogers Summit Trail, bearing right. Despite the myriad of views along the way, the highlight of this hike may be the summit itself. There is absolutely no view from the top, but the serenity of this dense grove (hemlock and others) cannot be understated. We retrace our steps from this point, by passing Wilburn Ridge Trail and sticking with the AT: Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club (VA) . Unlike most other out-and-back hikes, this open expanse offers a different feeling on the way down than it did on the way up. Dinner stop in Elkin Southern on Main 102 East Main Street Elkin menue: https://www.southernonmain.com Carpool meeting spot at 7:00 am Bubbas BBQ 4400 Sunset Road. Huntersville, NC 28216 I-77 exit 16 Please supply answers to the four pop up questions when you signup. **************************************************** Berg Guidelines for Event Participants (https://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Participants.htm) Berg Guidelines for Event Organizers (https://files.meetup.com/520812/Guidelines.for.Event.Organizers.htm)
This is our Annual Meeting with great food too! First, we'll be serving pork barbecue and chicken with all the fixin's. Bring your own reusable plates, cups, and utensils to save us money and the earth's resources. This year we request that you bring fruit and vegetable dishes to share. We will provide ice, tea and lemonade. Then we will be finalizing the voting for three of our officers for two year terms and taking nominations and selecting at large board members. (See emails from us on that.) So we need your smiling face there! This is a great chance to see old and new friends too. Note the new location (same as last year). Sign up by the deadline to be eligible for the barbecue. Walk-ins welcome if you brown bag.