Take a holiday break and work off some of those extra pounds by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a very challenging hike up Woody Ridge on Dec. 3. This hike is the steepest, shortest route up to the crest of the Black Mountains and is only for experienced hikers in good condition.
Hikers will meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to the trailhead. Bring lunch, plenty of water, warm clothes and hiking poles if you have them. Leashed dogs are allowed on the hike.
The Woody Ridge Trail is extremely rugged with very poor footing and a few sections so steep that hikers must scramble up open rock faces. The trail climbs 3,000 vertical feet in only 2.2 miles, and the descent can be as challenging as the climb. The overall hike distance is 4.4 miles.
Hikers are asked to contact hike leader Dennis Smith at email@example.com or 284-4000 before the hike so he can make sure your experience and conditioning are up to the task. As always, please check the High Peaks Facebook page or website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to weather.