High Peaks Leads Black Mountains Hike May 7


Hikers with tough feet and an appetite for challenges should join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for an 11-mile jaunt from Mt. Mitchell to the Cattail Community on Sat., May 7. This will be a very strenuous hike with several thousand feet of cumulative elevation change.

Hikers will assemble at the Cattail Community Center parking area at 8:30 a.m. A Yancey Transportation van will transport the group to Mt. Mitchell for a donation of $5 per person, reservations required. The hike will start near the Mt. Mitchell State Park entrance at Steppe’s Gap and proceed along an old railroad grade along the western border of the state park to Deep Gap and then down to Cattail.

Bring plenty of water, hiking poles, lunch, snacks, foul weather gear and even a warm jacket as weather on the Blacks is extremely unpredictable. Leashed dogs are allowed on the hike but not on the county vans, so if you bring your pet you must arrange your own transportation.

The group should finish by around 5 p.m. and will enjoy an after-hike party at the home of Worth and Susan Weller, which is located near the Cattail Community Center. Please bring a dish and your favorite beverage, which can be stashed at the Weller’s before the hike.

To make your reservations for the van or for more information, contact hike leader Dennis Smith at dennissmith4141@gmail.com or 284-4000. As always, check the High Peaks Facebook page or website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to weather.