This hike along a beautiful section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) features long distance views, and side hikes to Mt Hardy (an off trail 6k ft-er) and Green Knob.
The hike begins from Bear Pen Gap Overlook using a spur trail to access the MST. We will travel East on the MST, stopping to enjoy the views from the cliffside meadow near Rough Butt Bald, until it enters the Middle Prong Wilderness.
Upon reaching the Green Mountain Trail, we will make side trips to Green Knob, the views at Cherry Point, and using an unofficial trail we will summit Mt Hardy.
We will finish the hike taking the MST to 215, and a short shuttle back to the car(s) at Bear Pen Gap.
The 2nd meeting spot will be the Rosman Commuter Lot at 9:15, and the final meeting spot will be the trailhead at the Bearpen Gap Overlook at 10am. There will be a short wait while we set a shuttle at MST-Hwy215.
This will be a chilly hike with chances of snow/rain, so come prepared.
M: 14.5, EG: 2500, R: VVS
Drive RT: 130 miles, $10.00
Leader: Cathy Reas Foster,[masked]
Co-Leader: Jerry Ellsworth,[masked]