High Peaks Leads Loop Hike Sept. 3

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Join NC High Peaks on Friday, Sept. 3 for a fun but challenging hike down the Bald Knob Ridge Trail followed by a climb back up the Buncombe Horse Range Trail.

This 8.5-mile hike will include a descent of about 1,400 feet and a climb of about 2,000 feet, so it should only be tackled by fit, experienced hikers.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Ridge Junction Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is between Mile Marker 355 and the turn to Mt. Mitchell State Park.  Bring lunch, plenty of water, snacks, rain gear and hiking poles if you use them. Leashed dogs are allowed.

The group will be limited to a dozen. Contact Hike Leader Dennis Smith at dennissmith4141@gmail.com or 828-284-4000 to reserve your spot or for more information.

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