The High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike from the summit of Mt. Mitchell to the Black Mountain Campground on Saturday, May 17. This strenuous 5.5-mile hike will be tough on the knees: hikers will descend about 3,600 feet from the East’s highest peak to the South Toe River Valley.
Please join the High Peaks Trail Maintenance Crew on Friday, May 9, as we tackle a couple projects at Crabtree Falls. High Peaks has adopted the Crabtree Falls trail through the Friends of the BRP. On Friday we'll be doing several tasks. First we will need a crew of four or five to rebuild the stone steps near the falls. The steps have slipped out of position and become dangerous.
Please join us at 9 AM on Thursday, May 15 for our regular Board Meeting (we are meeting on a Thursday this month rather than Friday). 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! We always welcome input on our hiking and trail maintenance activities.
The High Peaks Trail Association will lead hikers into the historic abandoned community of Lost Cove on May 3. Settled during or shortly after the Civil War, Lost Cove is nestled above the Nolichucky River, and can only be reached on foot.
This strenuous hike of about 7.5 miles will descend about 1,200 feet in elevation to visit the Lost Cove ruins, buildings and cemetery, followed by a 1,200-foot climb back to our starting point.
Celebrate spring by getting outside with the High Peaks Trail Association, which has three separate strolls planned for April 27, two for birding and one for wildflowers.
The day begins at Cane River Park with a birding stroll at 8 a.m. Bring binoculars if you have them and meet at the park for an exploration of four different habitats that are within easy walking distance on fairly level ground. The club will also lead a second birding stroll at the park at 5 p.m. For more information, contact hike leaders Bob and Laura at 683-3733.
For an unusual view of the northernmost section of the Black Mountains, join the High Peaks Trail Association for a hike to Jump-off Gap on April 19. This 8-mile hike is rated as difficult, with a climb and descent of more than 1,000 feet.
Hikers should assemble at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. The group will carpool to the trail head. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring lunch, plenty of water, rain gear and warm clothes. Be sure to check the club’s website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather.
The Sunday trail workday and cook-out at the Black Mountain Campground is cancelled. A weather advisory calling for high winds of 20-30mph with gusts up to 55mph, along with snow and cold, has conspired to frustrate our efforts to prepare the trails for the April opening of the campground.
This month we will continue work on the relocation of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from Black Mountain Campground to Neal's Creek Rd. We will be joined by the trail maintenance club from Appalachian State University. We plan to do tread work over the entire 1.5 mile section by splitting into teams with the ASU crew. We will wrap up around 3 PM and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers with the ASU crew (thanks Cynthia and Jake)! Meeting places and times:
Town Square (north side) at 8:30 AM