High Peaks Tackles Mountains-to-Sea Trail POSTPONED TO FEB. 24

02/24/2018 8:30 am
Hike postponed to Saturday, Feb. 24.  Also, we will not be using county vans but will arrange carpools and a car shuttle.  Meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 or Black Mountain Campground at 9:30.  We suggest you call Duke or John to add your name to the hike list.  However we will welcome last minute hikers!
Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a fun but strenuous outing on Sat., Feb. 10 when the club leads an 8-mile jaunt along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail from the Black Mountain Campground to Buck Creek Gap, an ascent of about 800 feet. Hikers may also choose a more moderate, mostly downhill 6-mile hike instead.

The hikes kick off the 2018 themed campaign to hike all the nearby sections of the scenic MST. Successive hikes over the coming months will tackle some of the highest sections of the trail, crossing Mt. Mitchell, Blackstock Knob and the Craggies, eventually covering 47 miles and ending at the Folk Art Center near Asheville.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in Yancey County vans for a donation of $5 per hiker, reservations required. Dogs are not allowed on the vans so if you want to bring your leashed pet you must provide your own transportation.

Bring warm clothes, rain gear, sturdy hiking shoes and poles if you use them, along with plenty of water, snacks and lunch.

To make your reservations or for more information about the long hike, contact Hike Leader Duke Rose at dukerosejr@gmail.com or 675-5781. To make reservations for the shorter hike, which will begin at Buck Creek Gap and end at Neal’s Creek, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at trails@nchighpeaks.org or 682-3217.

Reservations are required by Thursday, Feb. 8. As always, check the club’s Facebook page or website, www.nchighpeaks.org, for last-minute changes due to weather.

Photo Info: Hikers will cross roaring Neal's Creek on this rustic footbridge as part of the Feb. 10 Mountains-to-Sea Trail hikes hosted by High Peaks.