Join High Peaks on Saturday, Sept. 19 for some early fall color on the Big Butt Trail. This challenging, 5.6-mile trek descends about 1,500 feet from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Balsam Gap to Cane River Gap. The hike features a few significant climbs, including a long stairway up Little Butt, but offers a spectacular view of the Black Mountain chain.
Hikers should assemble at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation in a county van will be provided for a $5 donation, but you must RSVP the hike leader to reserve your seat on the van. Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike, but dogs are not allowed on county vans so if you bring your canine friend you’ll have to provide your own transportation. Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, rain gear and warm clothing.
Hikers may also meet the group at the Balsam Gap/Walker Knob parking area near MM 360 on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 9:30 a.m. Hikers choosing this option could hike with the group out to Little Butt, about 3 miles, and then return to their cars at Balsam Gap. The main group will continue down to Cane River Gap, where the county van will pick them up for a return ride to the Town Square, arriving there around 4 p.m.
Please check the club’s website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or Facebook page for last-second changes due to weather. For more information or to reserve your spot on the van, contact hike leader Susan Weller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-284-8505.