Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a moderate hike from the Celo Community to scenic Crabtree Falls on Friday, March 1. This out-and-back hike will cover about 6 miles.
Assemble at 9 a.m. at the Celo Community soccer fields, about a mile down Hannah Branch Rd. from the bridge and right turn off Seven Mile Ridge Road.
HIKE RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, FEB. 24
Hikers are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a moderate hike of four miles on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The outing will go from Buck Creek Gap (NC 80) on the MST to Singecat Overlook, a round-trip of about four miles. There will be an option to hike part-way on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which would add another 1.5 miles to the hike.
Fit, experienced hikers are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a very challenging climb up the Mt. Mitchell Trail on Friday, Feb. 2.
This extremely strenuous outing is not for beginners - the all-day hike will cover 12 miles, including a climb of about 3,700 feet up a rugged track that may be icy, followed by a tough, possibly slippery descent back down the same trail.
The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association recently purchased, donated and installed two bear-proof steel food storage boxes at Commissary Ridge, a popular backcountry camping spot on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail not far from the Mt. Mitchell summit.
The roughly 3-foot-square, 330-pound boxes have bear-proof door latches that should enable campers to store food and other bear-attractive personal items locked away from the prying claws and powerful noses of the area’s black bears.
Fit, experienced hikers are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Friday, Dec. 8 for a fun but challenging 8-mile hike to the historic Isom Mine below Celo Knob. This hike was postponed a week due to rain forecast for December 1.
The deep-shaft mica mine was worked steadily throughout much of the last century and is a notable landmark of the Black Mountains.
Pensacola resident and High Peaks founder John Whitehouse was recently honored with the Carolina Mountain Club’s Distinguished Service Award for his tireless commitment to maintaining and improving the area’s hiking trails.
“Few have done as much for our trails,” said longtime CMC member Rocko Smucker, who nominated Whitehouse for the award and made the presentation at the Asheville-based club’s annual dinner. “John is an outstanding leader and mentor. He gets people involved because he’s such a pleasure to be around.”
Join High Peaks in celebrating North Carolina’s “Great Trails State Day” on Saturday, Oct. 21 by hiking an Appalachian Trail section that offers tremendous views of fall foliage from a rocky promontory near the NC/TN state line.
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