High Peaks Hikes on May 4 Feature Spectacular Views - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER


High Peaks Hikes on May 4 Feature Spectacular Views

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, May 4 for one of two hikes along the Big Butt Trail, with both offering tremendous views of the Black Mountain chain. These hikes were originally scheduled for late April but were postponed due to inclement weather.

The strenuous hike will cover 5.6 miles from the Walker Knob Overlook, descending about 1,500 feet to Cane River Gap. The moderate hike will cover about 5 miles, going to Little Butt and returning to Walker Knob Overlook. Both hikes will include some strenuous climbs, especially the long staircase up to Little Butt, but the view is worth the effort.

Hikers should meet at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Yancey Transportation vans will shuttle folks for the more strenuous hike for a donation of $5, but riders must contact the hike leader by Thursday evening May 2 to reserve a seat. Dogs are not allowed on the vans, so if you want to hike with your canine friend you must provide your own transportation.

Hikers for the less strenuous hike will form carpools in Burnsville for the ride to the Walker Knob Overlook, which is near Mile Marker 360 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you prefer to skip the meet-up in Burnsville, you can join the group at Walker Knob Overlook at around 9:45 a.m., when the main group coming from Burnsville should arrive.

Bring lots of water, snacks, lunch, hiking poles if you use them and rain gear, as the weather is always changeable.

Those doing the full hike will complete one of the 23 trails needed to receive the High Peaks Black Mountains Hiking Challenge patch. More information about the Challenge is on the club’s website.

For more information and to reserve your spot on the vans, contact Hike Leader Dennis Smith for the strenuous hike at dennissmith4141@gmail.com or 284-4000. For the moderate hike, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse trails@nchighpeaks.org or 682-3217.

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


Photo Info: Hikers will get this view of the Black Mountains from Little Butt if they join High Peaks for either of two hikes May 4.