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Interested in taking a short, long, or somewhere in the middle length hike in western North Carolina? Everything from a quick (3-4 hour) hike to a full day of hiking. Check us out and experience the pristine and amazing wilderness of western North Carolina!!!
Everyone is welcome to the group, beginner or expert, 2 legs or 4 (depending on the hike organizer and the location), young and old. Please note that, while the group is open to everyone, not all hikes are appropriate for everyone. Hike organizers reserve the right to limit the hike size and screen potential participants to ensure their own safety and that of others in the group. Hike organizers will also try to post as much information as possible about the hike, however since there are so many trails in the area, we have not always hiked them before and are sometimes relying on published or posted information.
The fee for this meetup group is paid for by the Organizer. Contact the organizer, Tracey, if you would like to donate to the meetup fees. Please remember that our hike leaders are volunteers. We are doing this because we enjoy hiking, and want everyone else to enjoy it too.
Suggestions are GREATLY appreciated! So, come on in, interact, enjoy yourself, and we'll see you on the trail!
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- MST @ Beaver Dam Gap Overlook to NC Hwy 151 intersection 8.5 miles FITNESS HIKEBeaver Dam Gap Overlook, Candler, NC
Beautiful weather forecast, Mike is on vacation so I will offer this weekend's fitness hike.
HIKE DESCRIPTION: This hike begins at the Beaver Dam Overlook on the BRP South (of Asheville) at MILEPOST 401.7). We will hike the MST trail South to Elk Pasture Gap (at the Hwy 151 intersection) then back, about 8.5 miles. There are 1 strenuous, 2 moderate, and 1 easier section. Elevation gain is estimated at about 1750- feet (Level 5). This trail is well maintained, under hardwoods, and makes for comfortable hiking conditions with beautiful views as we cross 3 BRP overlooks.
DOGS: Friendly dogs are most welcome.
PACE: we will maintain a BRISK averaging around 3 MPH, brief regrouping after strenuous climbs If needed. Faster-paced hikers are welcome to forge on ahead if they wish.
...IF you enjoy hiking for exercise (Cardio-conditioning and endurance) join us. This is a 3-hour moderate-level fitness hike.
HIKE LEVELS are based on the total estimated ELEVATION GAIN for each hike while distances vary.
Level (1) Up to 600 feet of elevation gain.
Level (2) 600'- 900'; Level (3) 900' - 1200'; Level (4) 1200' - 1500'; *Level (5) 1,500' - 1,800'; Level (6) 1,800' - 2,100'; Level (7) 2,100' - 2,400'; Level (8) 2,400' - 2700'; Level (9) 2700' - 3000' Level (10) 3000' - 4000';
ULTIMATE HIKES are from 4000 to 6000 feet elevation.
Release of Liability:
The organizer of this trip is a volunteer and not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. If you sign up or participate in this event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries, illnesses, and damages arising from, as a result of, and associated with this event. In addition, you acknowledge that you agree to the Meetup terms: https://www.meetup.com/terms
- Coontree--Avery Creek Road 6.6 miles. 1600' ascentCoon Tree Picnic Area, Brevard, NC
Place to Meet: Mills River Ingles, 3338 Boylston Hwy in front of gas pumps. Mark's cell: 239-777-4743. Prompt 8:30 departure
Details: A challenging climb with most the ascent in the first 3.3 miles. Up West side of Coontree Loop then, North on Bennet Gap past Coontree Mountain to Avery Creek Rd. Returning on Bennet Gap to an overlook with a snack break then, down East side of Coontree Loop. Significant stretches of rough footing and rocks but, good views.
Type: Lollypop. Dogs OK if on a leash. Pace: 2.3 mph
Trailhead: Coontree Picnic Area.
There will be the usual option of grabbing lunch and/or a beverage after the hike.
Notice: Please only sign up if you are truly committed to going on the hike and, if you must cancel, do so at least 24 hours before the hike to allow others on the Waitlist to make plans.
- Sleepy Gap 5-mi., 950 ft. Elev. GainSleepy Gap View point, Arden, NC
This is a pretty 5-miler with a 950' elevation gain. Several easy stream crossings, a little cardio, and a major dose of the beautiful forests we all love so well. We'll average around 2.3 mph.
It'll be a bit strenuous in places and you should be experienced enough to know you can handle some hills. Difficulty rating of around 4 out of 10. Most of the elevation gain occurs in the 4th mile. It'll be tough if you're out of shape or not accustomed to hills.
We'll traverse pieced-together segments from several trails, taking us to lovely Lake Powhatan, our halfway point. There will be a 15-minute break before completing the rest of the loop back to the parking lot.
The trail is fairly clear with no major steps, streams, or other hazards. Bring some water and something for a quick snack if you'd like.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but the Forestry Service requires them to be leashed.
MEETING TIME & DIRECTIONS
We'll convene by 9:00 AM at the Sleepy Gap Overlook parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, mile marker 397.3. It's four miles south of the NC Arboretum.
COURTESY TO WAIT-LISTERS (Please!)
Only sign up if you *truly* plan to come. If you must cancel, please change your status to "Not Going" as soon as possible so wait-listers will have sufficient notice. And please please PLEASE don't be a no-show.
We'll watch the weather and post a cancellation message by 7:30 AM if the forecast is >50% chance of precipitation.
If you'd like to bring a guest, have them join the Asheville Hiking Group and sign up for the hike on their own.
This Asheville Hiking Group event involves hiking and, possibly, transportation to and from the meetup site. Participants are responsible for their own safety and affirm that they have the appropriate skills, physical conditioning, equipment, and supplies. Hiking may involve risks to oneself and property. Neither your hike organizer nor Asheville Hiking Group can assure your safety nor eliminate all risks. Participants assume full responsibility for any injuries, damages, or losses.