High Peaks Leads Challenging Loop Hike July 2


Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a mid-summer challenge Saturday, July 2 as the group takes on a strenuous 12-mile loop hike along the western flanks and crest of the Black Mountains.

Hikers will meet at the Cattail Community Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m.and carpool several miles to their starting point. The hike will proceed to the abandoned Isom Mica Mine, then along an old railroad grade, up to Celo Knob, along the Black Mountain Crest Trail to Deep Gap and back down to the starting point.

This hike is rated as extremely difficult, with more than 2,000 feet of climbing and descending, so only experienced, well-conditioned hikers should participate. Bring as much water as you can carry, snacks, a lunch, rain gear and hiking poles. Leashed pets will be allowed.

Hikers are asked to contact hike leader Dennis Smith at dennissmith4141@gmail.com or 284-4000 so he can vet their experience. This is not a hike for beginners! As always, please check the High Peaks website or Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather.