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Lost Cove (approx 8 miles - moderate, some strenuous) RSVPs open Thurs at 8:00PM

 

THIS HIKE IS WEATHER DEPENDENT _ PLEASE CHECK THIS WEB PAGE AFTER 8:00 PM SATURDAY

This is a quasi scout hike as I did once before last year so bring your navigation skills and sense of adventure; expect to miss a turn or two…where are you Rebekah???

Here is webpage from last Lost Cove hike:

http://www.meetup.com/asheville-hiking/events/95148772/

Let's meet at the Ingles at the corner of Leicester Hwy and Patton Avenue in West Asheville at 8:45 AM. We will meet-and-greet, form carpools, and head for the trail promptly at 9:00. I have already scouted the trailhead parking and it is limited to 2-3 cars so carpooling is mandatory and I don’t want to take any more than two cars. It will take 1 hour to 1 hour, 15 minutes to get to the trailhead.

Gandolf lost at Lost Cove?

Lost Cove via Lost Cove Trail (trailhead off FS278). This is an out-and-back hike on Lost Cove Trail (#196) with the abandon town of Lost Cove as our destination. I want to take the “short way” to get to Lost Cove so that we can max out our time in the cove exploring. I’ve seen conflicting information regarding the distance of this trail so I’m going to say that the total round-trip distance is approximately 7-8 miles but expect to do more. I’ve seen one report that lists this hike as moderate, but judging by the topo, I would expect some of it to be strenuous.

 

Lost Cove was settled shortly before the Civil War and was a thriving Appalachian logging and farming community for about 100 years. The cove was isolated and goods and services were produced locally or brought in by train. Residents began to leave the cove after timber resources were depleted and the rail line was sold to CSX. Without timber, jobs were scarce and CSX no longer made regular stops at the cove eliminating easy transportation in and out the cove. The residents of Lost Cove petitioned the governor to have a road built to the cove, but the state government declined. The last residents left Lost Cove in the 1950s. From what I’ve read, there are a few standing buildings, a cemetery, and an old truck at the site.

The pace for this trip will be relaxed. I like to soak it all in, take pictures, catch my breath on the uphill, check out plants along the trail, etc. If this is not your hiking style, you may want to skip this trip.

 

No dogs this trip, cars may be full of people

This is a small group so please keep your RSVP up to date. If plans change and you are unable to attend, update your RSVP as soon as possible so that others on the waiting list have a chance to attend. Please be fair to and considerate of those on the wait list, no one likes a no-show and no one likes people that just show up!!

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  • craig de c.

    Great Hike, great group, you guys were super - good pace, good attitude...'flexible'.....

    Hike Stats
    Distance 12.0 miles
    Starting Altitude 3607
    Max Altitude 4227
    Min Altitude 2508
    Ave pace 2.6MPH - awesome given the amount of climbs/descends

    Don - you left your hat in my car
    Richard - you left you poncho in my car
    Clark - whatever you left in my car I haven't found it yet

    1 · July 22, 2013

    • Rebekah

      Woohoo! 12 miles. Craig - can you send me your GPX? I like to see where you added the extra miles. Sorry I missed it!

      July 23, 2013

  • Richie R.

    Loved it. Great energy from some new friends. Thank you.

    July 21, 2013

  • Don L

    A true adventure! Thanks, Craig.

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • craig de c.

    Hike is still on. Weather to get worse as day goes along so we will keep a good pace. Please keep RSVPs up to date. If you need to contact me, phone is[masked]-2693. Please be flexible, if bad conditions at trailhead we will most likely not go, won't know till we get there.

    July 20, 2013

  • Richie R.

    Do we hike in the rain? I imagine for a storm, it would be canceled. But moderate rain...would we continue with plans?

    July 19, 2013

    • craig de c.

      Usually we go because so hard to predict weather around here. However if looks like severe thunderstorms I will cancel. I will email everyone on hike later this evening about if hike is on or not. As of now hike is on.

      July 20, 2013

  • Don L

    Hi Craig,

    I am bringing a friend with me for the hike who really needs to get out in the woods. He is in the process of joining the club but has to work all day today so he might not get signed up til evening. This would make 5 hikers. Thank you very much. I look forward to meeting you.

    July 19, 2013

  • Rebekah

    Hey, Craig!! I'm still here. I'm in herb school at the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism to get an herbalist certification. It's REALLY cutting in to my hiking time! I'll be done in November and back at hiking more regularly then.

    I thought I recognized those pictures and the hike description ;) Do you want/need my GPS track?

    Hope ya'll have a great time; it's a pretty awesome place. I'd love to come but I have class on Sunday :(

    July 18, 2013

    • Jeff H.

      November? That's ridiculous. You know Craig will be lucky if he can even make it to the trailhead. Who's the good looking guy with the beard and the hot chick in that photo anyway? Well it should be easier to find the trail once the leaves are off in November anyway. We miss you -- good luck Craig.

      1 · July 18, 2013

    • craig de c.

      Sorry Mr Good Looking Guy With The Beard and the hot chick...but you'll never get anywhere with that ride of yours....yeah...that truck you think is the bomb...http://www.meetup.com...­

      July 18, 2013

  • Cathi

    What about little dogs that can be held in the owner's lap for the car ride or are you expecting participants to sit in each other's laps? HA! I have dibs for the top!

    July 18, 2013

  • Marilynn

    Hi Craig, What route are you planning to take to get to the Lost Cove trailhead? I am curious as this area appears to be relatively near Hwy 194 which just washed out this week.

    July 18, 2013

    • craig de c.

      OK - I will check. Plan to take I 26 to Hy 64/19 (Burnsville exit), then Hy19 West, State Rd 1415, Forestry Rd 278. Will hike along Forestry Rd 278 to get to trailhead

      July 18, 2013

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