High Peaks Seeks Spectacular Views in Sat, Oct. 12 Hike

Join High Peaks for a high altitude hike in Madison County Oct. 12 when the club tackles a section of the Appalachian Trail that crosses a spectacular high ridge known as Firescald. Good leaf color and stunning long-range views in all directions should greet hikers; legend has it that in clear weather one can see the Rocky Mountains from this vantage point. Come see for yourself! We guarantee there will be rocks and mountains.
 

Hike the Black Mountains with High Peaks Sat, Oct. 5

If you’ve been wanting to hike the highest trail in the Eastern U.S., now’s your chance. High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike along the crest of the Black Mountains from Mt. Mitchell to Deep Gap and down to the Cattail Community on Oct. 5, followed by a happy hour with refreshments at the home of Worth and Susan Weller.
 
The hike, rated difficult because of steep downhill sections over rugged footing, will total about 7 miles, with an overall descent of about 3,000 feet.
 

High Peaks Stroll near Mt. Mitchell Sunday, Sept. 29

Take a stroll back in time Sunday, Sept. 29 when the High Peaks Trail Association leads an afternoon walk to the site of Camp Alice, an historic logging camp high on the slopes of Mt. Mitchell.
 
This gentle walk of about 2.5 miles will begin at Stepps Gap near the headquarters of  Mt. Mitchell State Park. Hikers will follow the path of an old railroad line out to Camp Alice, where loggers toiled in the early 1900s and were replaced a few years later by tourists visiting the newly-created state park.
 

Heads Up- New Changes- Sat., Sept. 21

If you've been watching the weather forecast then you know we're likely to have plenty of rain and possibly thunderstorms tomorrow, especially during the afternoon. We've decided to lower our expectations of what we can accomplish, yet still get a hike in tomorrow.

NC High Peaks Trail Association Board Meeting, Friday September 20

Please join us at 9 AM on Friday, September 20 for our monthly Board Meeting.  All members and visitors are welcome.  Location: Appalachian Java on West Main St. in Burnsville.  Come share a cup of coffee and see what we're up to!

NC High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day Tuesday, September 3

We are planning to try to wrap up our work on the Black Mountain Crest Trail this Tuesday.  We will meet across from the Wellers' in the Cattail Creek Community. We will drive up to Twin Falls and hike up to Deep Gap.  If we have enough folks we will weed-eat and have a saw team take care of some trees near Winter Star and on the top part of the Colbert Ridge Trail.

High Peaks Tackles Big Butt Trail on Saturday, Sept. 7

With the Blue Ridge Parkway now open again, the High Peaks Trail Association will lead a strenuous hike Sept. 7 down the Big Butt Trail from Balsam Gap on the Parkway to Cane River Gap. This 5.6-mile trek descends about 1,500 feet, but also has a few significant climbs, including a long stairway up Little Butt. The climb is worth the effort, though, for the spectacular view of the Black Mountain chain from Little Butt.

High Peaks Trail Maintenance This Friday, August 23

The Black Mountain Crest Trail is in bad need of maintenance thanks to all the rain which has allowed the weeds to flourish.  There are also weeds and briars on the top section of the Woody Ridge Trail.  So Friday we plan to address these problems.  We will all go in using "Grace's Ladder" that connects the "High Grade" to the Crest Trail.  Dennis will ferry a weed-eater and a saw on his ATV up to the base of Grace's Ladder.  The rest of the crew will drive up Winter Star Road, past Five Maples and as far as the first or second creek crossing.  We will hike in and out from there.

Stroll at The Orchard- Sunday, August 25

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a stroll at the historic Orchard at Altapass on Sunday Aug. 25. This moderate 2-mile hike will wind through the 100-year-old apple orchard, offering spectacular views from the crest of the Blue Ridge near Spruce Pine.
 

Historic Mitchell Toll Road- Rocky Knobs & Greybeard- Saturday, August 17

Tomorrow's hike is still on as planned. The weather forecast is calling for some rain but no thunder or lightning. Bring your rain gear, water, lunch and hiking poles if you have them. Should be a fun hike! 

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