High Peaks Leads Hike with Great Views Saturday, March 7

Join High Peaks for a high altitude hike in Madison County Saturday, March 7 when the club tackles a section of the Appalachian Trail that crosses a spectacular high ridge known as Firescald. Stunning long-range views in all directions should greet hikers.

High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday February 28 CANCELLED

OK, I give up, the weather has us beat!  No trail work this Saturday (tomorrow).  Mike took a ride out that way and there is still plenty of snow.  Some of it is melting or slushy but will turn to ice tonight with cold temps expected.  For those of you on the CMC Monday Crew we may try on Monday but rain is forecast.  Look for a separate e-mail on that.

Next High Peaks maintenance will be March 20 and 21 (Friday and Saturday).  This will be our annual Spring work days to clear trails around Black Mountain Campground.  Details to follow!



John W.

High Peaks Leads Stroll at Mountain Heritage Sunday, Feb. 22

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to start an exercise program, the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association offers the perfect introduction with an easy stroll at Mountain Heritage High School on Feb. 22.

Strollers should assemble at the school’s rear parking lot near the football stadium at 1 p.m. The group will follow a trail through the nearby forest that winds down to the Cane River and back up to the parking lot. Total distance is less than one mile and the jaunt is rated as easy.

High Peaks Leads Hike on Roan Mountain Sat., Feb. 7

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a mid-winter hike at Roan Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 7.  This five-mile jaunt of moderate difficulty will offer spectacular views from one of the region’s signature peaks.

Hikers should assemble at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. to form carpools. Please bring plenty of warm clothes, rain gear, water, snacks and lunch. Leashed dogs are allowed but you will need to provide your own transportation if you bring your dog.

High Peaks Trail Maintenance Day on Saturday January 31

Please join High Peaks for our first monthly trail maintenance day of the year.  We have several projects planned around Black Mountain Campground including final preparations for opening our new MST relo, beginning relocation of a portion of the Devil's Den trail, and starting the spring clearing of the hiking trails around the campground.  Meet at the kiosk across from the campground at 9:15.  Anyone interesting in carpooling can meet John on the north side of the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30.  Bring water, lunch, gloves, and trail tools (if you have them).  We will wrap up by 3 PM.

N. C. High Peaks Birding Stroll Set for Saturday, Jan. 31

Join the N. C. High Peaks Trail Association birding stroll near the Black Mountain Campground at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. 

The group will investigate the deer fields and nearby forested land, looking for a variety of winter birds.  Recently this location has yielded several species, including many woodpeckers, nut hatch, titmouse, chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, and the elusive hermit thrush.

NC High Peaks Board Meeting Thursday, January 15

Everyone is welcome at our next regular Board meeting to be held at Appalachian Java on West Main St. at 9 am on Thursday, January 15.  We plan to discuss the 2015 hike schedule, trail maintenance, Mt. Mitchell activities and any other items the Board or our members wish to consider.  Come have a cup of coffee and a bagel with us!

First Day Hike to Mt. Mitchell on January 1

Start your New Year off right by joining the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a brisk adventure hiking on Mt. Mitchell on Jan. 1. This outing will be part of the third annual statewide “First Day Hikes” in state parks across North Carolina.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 9 a.m. to form carpools. Hikers may also join the group by meeting at the kiosk across from the Black Mountain Campground entrance at 9:45 a.m.

High Peaks Leads Historic Burnsville Stroll Dec. 28

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association Dec. 28 for a holiday stroll around historic downtown Burnsville.

This easy jaunt of about 1 mile will begin at 1 p.m. at the T.D. Bank. The group will visit several historic landmarks, including the Academy Street Cemetery, with commentary by history buff Jake Blood.

The outing will end at the Burnsville Wine and…store, where the group will enjoy cider and mulled wine.

High Peaks Leads Hike to Middle Ridge Creek Saturday, Dec. 6-CANCELLED

Due to the forecast for tomorrow calling for lots of rain and thunder showers, the hike to Middle Ridge Creek is cancelled.

Join the High Peaks Trail Association Dec. 6 for a moderate hike of about 6 miles to Middle Ridge on the slopes of the Black Mountains.  The group will meet at the trailhead on Colbert Creek Road at 8:30 a.m.  Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, warm clothes and rain gear as the weather can change quickly this time of year. Leashed dogs are allowed.


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