High Peaks Leads Two Appalachian Trail Hikes Feb. 11

02/11/2017 8:30 am
US/Eastern
PHOTO INFO: Photo by Nancy Smith. Hikers will enjoy views like this one of the Overmountain Shelter where the Appalachian Trail and Overmountain Victory Trail intersect if they join High Peaks on either of the hikes set for Feb. 11.

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a mid-winter adventure Sat. Feb. 11 on the Appalachian Trail.  The club will offer a choice for hikers: either an extremely strenuous 10-mile trek or a less challenging 5-mile jaunt.

Both hikes will traverse a section of the trail north of Roan Mountain, with the long hike climbing from U.S. Highway 19E in Avery County over Big Hump and Little Hump, two grassy balds that offer spectacular views. The moderate hike will climb Little Hump.

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a mid-winter adventure Sat. Feb. 11 on the Appalachian Trail.  The club will offer a choice for hikers: either an extremely strenuous 10-mile trek or a less challenging 5-mile jaunt.

Both hikes will traverse a section of the trail north of Roan Mountain, with the long hike climbing from U.S. Highway 19E in Avery County over Big Hump and Little Hump, two grassy balds that offer spectacular views. The moderate hike will climb Little Hump.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a donation of $5. Reservations are required by Feb. 4.

Bring warm clothes, rain gear, plenty of water, lunch, snacks and hiking poles if you have them. Leashed dogs are allowed on the hike but if you bring your pooch you must provide your own transportation since they are not allowed on the county vans.

The long hike will include a climb of about 2,700 feet and should only be attempted by experienced hikers in excellent condition. The moderate hike will start at the Roaring Creek Trailhead and proceed up to Yellow Mountain Gap on an in-and-out hike with a maximum climb of 1,300 feet. While still strenuous, this hike will allow the option of turning around and returning to the starting point anywhere along the route.

Both hikes will visit the Overmountain Shelter, located where the Appalachian Trail intersects the Overmountain Victory Trail, the path used by mountain patriot militia in 1780 when they marched to the decisive battle of King’s Mountain during the Revolutionary War.

To make reservations, contact hike leader Dennis Smith (10-mile hike) at 284-4000 or dennissmith4141@gmail.com or hike leader Robert Branch (moderate hike) at 682-5737 or rbranch18@aol.com.

As always, please check the club’s Facebook page or website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to weather.