High Peaks Hike Nov. 11 Features Spectacular Views


Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for some of the most spectacular views in the Appalachians when the club hosts two hikes Nov. 11 that will begin at Big Bald on the Appalachian Trail. This iconic peak stands at 5,516 feet, offering 360-degree views that include the Blacks, Craggies and Roan Mountain.

The more strenuous hike will cover about 7 miles, most of it descending the AT from Big Bald across Little Bald, High Rocks and ending at Spivey Gap, an elevation drop of about 2,300 feet.

The easier hike will start at Big Bald, proceed to Little Bald and return, a distance of about 5 miles, with a climb on the way out of about 500 feet.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey County van for a donation of $5, reservations required. All hikers must ride on the vans because the group must enter private property to begin the hike and personal vehicles are prohibited. This means no dogs because animals are not allowed on the vans, with the exception of service dogs.

Bring warm clothes, rain gear, plenty of water, snacks and hiking poles if you use them. A brightly-colored cap or clothing is also recommended because we are in the middle of bear hunting season.

Please make your van reservations by Thursday, Nov. 9. For the long hike, contact Hike Leader Dennis Smith at dennissmith4141@gmail.com or 284-4000. For the short hike, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at trails@nchighpeaks.org or 682-3217.

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

Photo Caption: Views like this will be part of the reward for hikers joining High Peaks Nov. 11 for either of two hikes on the Appalachian Trail.