Up for a strenuous winter hike followed by fellowship at a potluck dinner? Experienced hikers are invited to join NC High Peaks on Saturday, February 6 for a hike across the Black Mountains via Deep Gap. This strenuous, 7-mile hike will ascend 3,000 feet up the Colbert Ridge Trail, cross Deep Gap and descend 2,000 feet to the Cattail Community.
Hikers will assemble at the Cattail Creek Community Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided from there to the Colbert Ridge trailhead by YCTA for a voluntary contribution of $5. No dogs are allowed on the van so you must make alternate arrangements if you plan to bring your pet. Van reservations are required by Thursday evening, Feb. 4, so contact hike leader John Whitehouse at 682-3217 or email@example.com to reserve a seat.
Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks and layers of clothing including rain gear. Hiking poles are recommended. Conditions may include snow and ice at high elevations. The group should return to the vehicles in Cattail by 4 pm.
Plan to enjoy a potluck meal after the hike at the Cattail home of Worth and Susan Weller. Bring your favorite beverage and a dish to share – you’ll be able to leave them at the Weller’s before the hike begins.
In case of deep snow up high, the group will hike a different route at lower elevation in the Cattail Creek Community. Watch the High Peaks Facebook page and website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for possible changes or cancellation.