Experienced, fit hikers are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for a rigorous, 9-mile hike on the flanks of the Black Mountains on Saturday, June 17.

The hike will make a loop of the Bald Knob Ridge and Buncombe Horse Range Trails, and will feature a challenging climb of about 1,700 feet in elevation. Hikers will be treated to views of the rich cove hardwood forest near the headwaters of the South Toe River, along with the high-elevation Spruce/Fir habitat that thrives on the upper reaches of the Blacks.

Meet at the Ridge Junction Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 9 a.m. This is near Mile Post 355, just east of the turn to Mt. Mitchell State Park. The group will carpool from there to begin the hike at the top of the Buncombe Horse Range Trail.

Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, hiking poles if you use them, and rain gear if the forecast warrants. Leashed dogs are allowed on the hike but you must provide your own transportation if you want to bring your pet. Please also bring poop bags!

Contact Hike Leader Jimmie Bowen at 252-450-5224 or jbowen6116@gmail.com to reserve your spot on the van or for more information.

As always, check the High Peaks website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or the club’s Facebook page for last-minute changes due to the weather. 

Photo info: Hikers may see early summer wildflowers like the Blue Bead Lily on the June 17 High Peaks hike.

Blue Bead Lily