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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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Mt Graybeard Loop

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If you sign up and change your mind even if on a waitlist, change your RSVP to "not attending" to free up your reservation.

We are going to do a 9 miles loop to Graybeard mountain, about ~2300 feet elevation gain, coming up thru Big Piney and coming down thru the Walker Knob shelter. With the recent snow and elevation of the Greybeard mountain and Big Piney ridge, the trail most likely will be very icy. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MICROSPIKES OR SOME OTHER FORM OF TRACTION. Amazon has plenty of choices for under $20.

PACE: I would like to keep 2-2.5 miles pace with quick stops at the overlooks and lunch at the summit.

Dogs are welcome, but please please keep them on the leash or close by.

Directions: From downtown Asheville, take I-240 east to I-40 east (in the direction of Statesville). Take exit 64 Black Mountain (Route 9). Turn left off the ramp and enter the town of Black Mountain. Stay on Route 9 all the way into Montreat (entered by a stone gate). Continue on this road (now called Assembly Drive), passing Lake Susan. Stay to the left on Graybeard Trail. When you see Big Piney Drive on the left, you’ll also see a gravel parking lot for the trailhead.
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HIKE LEVELS are based on the total elevation gain for each hike while distances vary as described. Lower level hikes focus on endurance conditioning and higher-level hikes add increasing cardio challenges.

Level 7 hike. Hike 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';

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