SUMMER/FALL 2021 HIKING SCHEDULE
“Peace within…Peace between…Peace among…Peace beyond” Virginia Sinclair
June 18 FRYING PAN TOWER
4 miles, 900’ ascent, R5, car fee: $4.00
An out and back starting at the Pisgah Inn. We hike over the top of Big Bald, then up the gravel Rd. to Frying Pan tower, then return. Lunch at the Pisgah Inn, if possible.
June 25 BLACK MOUNTAIN TO PRESSLEY COVE VIA RANGER ROAD 5022
5 miles est., 900’ ascent, R6, no car fee
This will be a shuttle. We will park behind the Ranger Station at the Black Mountain trailhead and hike up to RR 5022, make a left and another left on Pressley Cove descending to car(s).
July 2 PANTHERTOWN, EXPLORING THE EASTERN SIDE
5.5 miles, 1,035’ ascent, 860’ descent, R6, car fee: $5.00
Mac’s Gap trail, right at Little Green trail, diversion to Tranquility Point, back, diversion to Schoolhouse Falls, back to Panthertown Valley Trail, right, back to cars.
July 9 LOOKING GLASS TO HELIPAD
Out and back, 5 miles, R6, 1,300’ ascent, car fee: $1.00
From the parking area at Looking Glass trailhead just off Hwy 276, we go up and back.
July 16 BLACK BALSAM/TENNANT MOUNTAIN, 2
5.7 miles, 900’ ascent, R6, $5.00 car fee
From Big Sam parking we walk back to the Art Loeb/MST intersection, up Black Balsam, over and down Tennant, and back on Ivestor Gap trail.
July 23 DUPONT FOREST: CEDAR ROCK/BURNT MOUNTAIN
7.5 miles, 880’ ascent, 830’ descent, R6, car fee: $3.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike up Cedar Rock, do the loop, hike Burnt Mountain loop, then hike the Nooks loop, have lunch at the Little River, wade or soak feet, then return to cars on Corn Mills Shoals trail. This may be a good blueberry hike. We can cut this short if desired…
July 30 BLUEBERRY HIKE
4 – 6 miles, 300’ ascent, R3, car fee $5.00
We will drive to the Big Sam parking on access road 816 off the Blue Ridge Parkway, hike out and pick. Please bring a container to store blueberries ( a cut out milk jug works great.)
August 6 BENT CREEK FOREST RAMBLE, ONE
6.5 miles, 920’ ascent, 950’ descent, R5, car fee: $5.00
This is a loop trail. From the Rice Pinnacle parking we hike out Deer Lake Lodge connecting to Wolf Branch, Ledford Rd., Ingles Field Gap, Ingles Field Gap Connector, Boyd Branch Rd., Ledford Branch Rd., Deer Lake Lodge trails returning to parking.
August 13 3 LAKES TRAIL, DUPONT
4.5 miles, 500’ ascent est., R4, $2.00 car fee
An out and back trail from the Visitor’s Center, we hike across the Little River via covered bridge, right on Conservation Rd., left onto Pitch Pine trail, left onto Three Lakes Trail, then return on Conservation Rd. to the covered bridge and on to cars.
August 20 FLAT LAUREL CREEK – BIG SAM KNOB LOOP
5 miles, 850’ climb, 820’ descent, R5, $5.00
From Big Sam parking on road 816 we hike out Flat Laurel Creek to a right turn onto Big Sam Trail, hike to the summit for lunch and return, completing the loop.
August 27 GORGES STATE PARK, RAINBOW FALLS, etc.
6 miles, 950’ ascent, R6, $3.50 car fee
From the trailhead go past Rainbow Falls to Turtle Falls and back. Lunch at Stair Step Falls.
Sept. 3 JONES GAP: RAVEN CREEK FALLS
4 miles, 695’ ascent, out and back, R5, car fee: $3.00 plus park fee
Sept. 10 PINK BEDS
5.4 miles, 280’ climb, R3, $3.00
From Pink Beds parking we hike the loop. Option: start from Barnette Branch, add .6 mile
Sept. 17 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE
5 miles, 800’ climb, R6, car fee: $5.00
Park at 215 near the Mountains to Sea Trail, hike to Devil’s Courthouse, then return via the Blue Ridge Parkway and highway 215 to cars.
Sept. 24 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, LIBERTY BIKES – US 191
6.4 miles, 875’ ascent, 950’ descent, R5, $5.00 car fee
A shuttle hike from Liberty Bikes on the MST to the parking area just past the 191 exit on the Blue Ridge Park
Oct. 1 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN
5.7 miles, 1,300’ ascent/descent, R5, car fee: $2.00
A lollipop trail, from parking we hike the Bracken Mtn. trail (blue), to the shortcut trail (yellow), then left onto Mackey Ridge trail (red).