This week we hike to Shining Rock. As we did last year, we are offering you two options. Vince will lead the hike from the Big Sam parking area (8 mi, 1500′ cl). This group will begin the hike at 9 a.m.

For the more adventurous (or masochistically inclined) I will lead the hike from the Shining Rock trailhead at Big East Fork (9.5 mi, 2887′ cl). This group will begin the hike at 8:30 a.m.

Please RSVP and in your reply indicate which group you will be joining. Intervals of cloud and sunshine. Slight chance of a rain shower (15%). Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. High 62F.

Roan Mountain Outing Invitation

We haven’t visited Roan Mountain for the annual catawba rhododendron display in a long while–2015 The rhododendron display normally occurs in mid-June. All Wednesday Striders and Friday Hoofers and their non-hiking spouses are invited. Plan to spend the night of June 9 at the Richmond Inn in Spruce pine. Rooms will fill up fast. So make your reservation soon. Check the June schedule for details.