Crest Trail from Deep Gap to Celo- Sat., Feb. 11


Hike is still on!
A modified version of today's hike is a go, with meeting times the same. When you get to the Community Hall parking lot, cross the road to the Weller's cabin and come in for a brief orientation. We'll hike directly from the Weller's cabin up a new route to the Mica Mine, 6.5 miles round trip. If the weather gets to windy, we'll turn around of course.
After the hike there will be hamburgers and libations at the Wellers!
Weather Update: The weather forecast for Saturday's hike continues to look problematical. Just to be on the safe side, we're going to make a final decision on whether to hike or not Saturday morning by 6 am. Check Facebook or the NC High Peaks website for the final call. Or you can call 682-5099 after 6 am.
This rugged February hike will feature a loop along the Black Mountain Crest Trail from Deep Gap to Celo Knob. Hikers will meet at the Burnsville town square at 7:30 a.m., or at the Cattail Creek Community parking lot on Cattail Creek Road at 8am . We'll carpool up as far hopefully as "5 Maples", then hike up several switchbacks to the high grade. We'll follow the high grade south to Deep Gap, then follow the Crest Trail up to Winter Star, Deer Mountain and Celo Knob. We'll come down "Gracie's ladder" back to the high grade and then down past the mica mines and back to the "5 Maples". This hike will cover about 12 miles with a 2,000 feet elevation gain AND descent. 
     A less strenuous version of the hike will follow the high grade to the north, passing under each of the peaks but not climbing up to the crest trail. This shorter hike will cover about 8 miles with an elevation gain of about 1,400 feet. Hikers from both groups are invited to share hamburgers and carry-in dishes at the Weller's house, across from the Cattail Creek Community parking lot.
     Dennis Smith is the hike leader for the 12 mile hike. Worth and Susan Weller will lead the shorter version. If you have questions contact Smith at or 675-9459 or 284-4000 or contact the Wellers at or 682-0599.