Hikers Put Mt. Mitchell on the Digital Map with Google Trekker

By Mike Williams

The tallest mountain in the East has gone Digital.

More than a century after a scientist used one of his era’s most advanced instruments to determine Mt. Mitchell’s elevation, a group of hikers outfitted with the latest in video and GPS technology has captured stunning, 360-degree views from the mountain’s summit and the 11-mile Black Mountain Crest Trail. 

Spring Trail Maintenance, March 18 thru 20

High Peaks is planning our annual trail maintenance at Black Mountain Campground March 18 though the 20th (Friday through Sunday).  Come join us for a day or all three days!  Any help will be greatly appreciated and will keep our trails clear for the enjoyment of hikers.  No experience necessary.  Tools and training will be provided.  We also plan to have a cookout that all High Peaks members are invited to!  Details on the cookout will follow.

If you have any questions contact John Whitehouse at trails@nchighpeaks.org



Mica Mine and Waterfall Highlighted in March 5 Hike

Join NC High Peaks on Saturday March 5 for an exploration of a little known mine and historic mining shack high on Winter Star Ridge overlooking the Cattail Creek Community. This will be a six to seven mile loop hike on old logging roads, featuring a side trip to Twin Falls, the tallest waterfall on the western side of the Blacks.

High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Friday, February 19

It’s been awhile since the High Peaks crew has been able to get out but Friday is looking good weather wise.  On the club hike up Colbert Ridge on Feb. 6 we noticed the trail is starting to close in with vegetation.  Also we have a couple downed trees (and may have more after last night’s windstorm).  In addition it’s been some time since we cleared the side trail to Locust Falls.  If we have enough volunteers we will tackle both.

High Peaks Leads Mid-Winter Adventure Feb. 6

Up for a strenuous winter hike followed by fellowship at a potluck dinner?  Experienced hikers are invited to join NC High Peaks on Saturday, February 6 for a hike across the Black Mountains via Deep Gap. This strenuous, 7-mile hike will ascend 3,000 feet up the Colbert Ridge Trail, cross Deep Gap and descend 2,000 feet to the Cattail Community.

High Peaks Board Meeting on Thursday, January 21

Please join the High Peaks Borad for our regular Board meeting at 9 AM on Thursday, Jan. 21 at Appalachian Java on West Main St.  We will have updates on our hiking and trail maintenance plans and news about our grant for rehailitating part of the Mount Mitchell trail.  Come share a cup of coffe with us!

First Day Hike to Mount Mitchell, Thursday January 1

Welcome in the New Year with NC High Peaks on Friday, January 1st!  Our "First Day" hike will be to Mount Mitchell.

OWLS Meeting

Tuesday, February 23rd at Appalachian Java, 9 am. All are welcome to attend our next planning meeting.

High Peaks Leads Challenging Cattail Hike Saturday, Dec. 5

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a challenging hike along the western flanks of the Black Mountains on Saturday Dec. 5. This difficult, 10-mile hike will start at the Cattail Community Center and climb 2,500 feet up to Deep Gap. The group will then hike to Ogle Rock on an abandoned railroad grade that was rediscovered by Worth and Susan Weller. The hike will end with a 2,500-foot descent back to Cattail.

High Peaks Hosts Informational Meeting on Forest Service Management Plan Dec. 3

The N.C. High Peaks Trail Association will host an informational meeting on the U.S. Forest Service’s revision of its Management Plan and the plan’s impact on Yancey County’s Black Mountain Range on Thurs., Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Yancey County Library.

High  Peaks board member Jake Blood will give a presentation on how the Forest Service currently manages the Black Mountains and how the revisions to the plan may impact the Black Mountains and Yancey County.


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