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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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Bent Creek: Rice Pinnacle Loop – 7.6 miles, 1000’ ascent

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Mostly good footing and wide trails, but no panoramic views. Rice Pinnacle Rd; left on Deer Lake Rd; right on Wolf Branch Trail; left on Ledford Branch Rd (FS 479E); right on Boyd Branch Rd; right on Ingles
Field Connector; right on Ingles Field Gap; right on Ledford Branch Rd; left on Wolf Branch Trail; continue straight on Ledford Trail; right on Ledford Branch Rd; cross Rice Pinnacle Rd and continue straight on Corvair
Trail. Stop for a snack at the logs (~6.1 miles); then continue on Corvair to a left on Rice Pinnacle Rd back to the cars. Type: 2 loops. Max elev: 2730’. Avg moving pace: 2.3 mph. Difficulty (1=effortless, 10=hard):5. Dogs: welcome if well-behaved, subject to area restrictions.

Buckeye & Haywood Gaps

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This is another in a series of longer hikes on lesser known trails.

This is a lollipop. We'll do the loop counter clockwise. Trail head is at the Rough Butt Bald overlook on the BRP. (Between mile markers 425 & 426.)

Start at the MST spur to Buckeye Gap and then down to Haywood Gap and then down to Coon Hollow (the stem) where the Big Beartrap Branch merges with the West Fork of the Pigeon at the falls. (See picture.) We’ll have lunch at the water’s edge. Then it up and out via Haywood Gap. This is a steep climb with a couple of tricky, yet dry, water crossings over the Pigeon. The last portion is the along the MST within a red spruce forest.

For the most part this hike is in the Middle Prong Wilderness. No blazes. Also, lots of stinging nettle; ergo, long pants are a must.

Car pool meeting places & trailhead:

  1. 9:00 A.M. Asheville: French Broad overlook on the BRP
  2. 9:30 A.M. Brevard: Cold Mountain overlook at US276 & the BRP
  3. 9:50 A.M. Trailhead: Rough Butt Bald overlook

Leave a message in the comments with your preference.

• Distance: 9.5 miles
• Descent/ascent 1900 feet
• 30 minute pace, 2 mph
• 5 hours on the trail

A reminder: Noxious plants exits. Again, long pants are a must.

No dogs.

Camino de Asheville Section 1 - Sunset Edition - 4 miles with slight climb.

Please join me for a brief evening hike around Beaver Lake in Asheville. We will be doing a sunset edition of this hike. I think this section has one of the best views in all of Asheville with a nearly 180 degree view of the surrounding mountains. We will then return to our cars.

PACE: This hike is at a 2.5 to 3.0 pace, but mostly toward 3.0 mph even going up hill. Please be aware of your abilities and level of physical fitness. We will stop and wait for people to catch up in certain spots and we will stop and take photos, but we don't want to leave people behind or wait a long time.

I would recommend a camp chair or sit pad in your pack as well as any beer you may want to drink :). Bring some snacks or something to eat as well.

REQUIRED: Headlamp or Flashlight. Sunset is around 8 p.m., so we will be going back to the cars in the dark.

WHERE: We will meet at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary in North Asheville. Parking can be very limited here depending on the day. If there are no spaces available, an option is to park at Ingles or The Fresh Mart right down the road on Merrimon Ave which is only .25 miles, a short walk, to the beaver lake bird sanctuary.

DOGS: Well behaved, trained, and leashed dogs are welcome, but Beaver Lake requires a permit to walk your dog around the lake which costs $100.00. You are still welcome to bring your dog, but I will not defend you if the beaver lake warden materializes out of the woods puts you into doggie prison :)

NO-SHOWS: I will be paying attention to no-shows. A no-show with no notice prior to the hike or without changing your RSVP will make sure you end up on a wait list for my future hikes and backpacks if I decide to put a limit on the group size.

PLUS-ONES: If you bring a plus one, please mark the "+1" button on meetup so that I can have an accurate head count going into the hike. Please also make sure your plus one is capable of the mileage and pace.

WEIGHTS: I will be bringing along a 35+ lbs pack for added challenge. This is called rucking (www.goruck.com). It's also good training for backpacking, but I would recommend an actual backpack meant to carry heavy loads if you plan to carry over 15 lbs. This is because actual backpacking backpacks will sit on your hips and shoulders better preventing pain or injury to your back or other muscles. This is optional of course, you don't need to bring any weight, and I would recommend starting out light if you have not done this before.

Drinks at Zillicoah afterward if anyone wants.


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