8 Mile Mitchell Loop Hike

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North Carolina High Peaks Trail Association will cover the famous Mt. Mitchell loop trail on Saturday, Aug. 11. Starting at the restaurant, this is a rugged 8 mile hike, heading a mile up hill to the summit, then a mile and a half along the Crest Trail before descending the steep Big Tom connector trail to the Buncombe Horse Trail for a two mile jaunt along Commissary Ridge to Camp Alice and then another two miles back to the restaurant.
 
Hikers may meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. for carpooling and public transportation or at 9:30 at the state park restaurant.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, lunch, and rain gear.  Remember that temperatures can be 10 to 15 degrees lower on the mountain with higher winds, so have an extra wrap and/or windbreaker.
 
More information may be had by calling hike leader Dennis Smith at 675-9459 or 284-4000. The group may also be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ncHighPeaks.