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Wednesday 08/20/2014
FS #816
FS #816, the road to the Black Balsam parking area will be closed as of Sept. 2nd. for road repair. N ... » more

Monday 08/18/2014
Hike #371 for Sept 7th & Sept. 10th
After scouting this complete hike, once we established the shortcut, the correct mileage & ascent is a ... » more

Saturday 08/02/2014
Sunday,Sept. 7th hike #371
The time listing in Let's Go is incorrect. The correct meeting time will be 7:30 am , the second meet ... » more

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Hikes (click for details):

Saturday Aug. 30, 8:30 AM - East Fork Pigeon River Swim Hike - 8.5 mi.

Sunday Aug. 31, 8:30 AM - Bradley Creek & Riverside Stream Crossings - 8 mi.

Sunday Half-Day Aug. 31, 12:00 PM - NC 128 - Waterfall - 6 mi.

Wednesday Sep. 3, 8:30 AM - Big Creek to Walnut Bottom - 10.4 mi.

Hike, Save Trails, Make Friends!

This is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act whose goal is to preserve in their natural state tracts of land within our National Parks and Forests. The CMC maintains trails and offers hikes (limited to ten hikers) in the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness areas. To find out more about Wilderness areas in Western North Carolina click here: http://wilderness.org/western-north-carolina

Sun Set at

Sun Set at

Shining Rock Wilderness sunset seen by the hardy Wilderness Crew trail maintainers at Tom and Joan's Meadow.

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    Sun Set at

    Shining Rock Wilderness sunset seen by the hardy Wilderness Crew trail maintainers at Tom and Joan's Meadow.

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    Linville Gorge

    We love our beautiful WNC mountains!

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    Shope Creek Ramble

    Club hike on Feb 24th to Shope Creek

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    Bent Creek

    Stuart English leads a hike in Bent Creek April 7th

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    Roan Mountains

    In the Roans, June 16th

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    CMC

    90 Years Young

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    Four-leaf trillium

    Seen in Pisgah District

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    Bluets

    A favorite wildflower

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    Ted, Jill, Norm

    Jill gives Ted award for 40 years wilderness work

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    Dog Hobble

    Taken at Camporee hike

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    Pink Shell Azalea

    Rare, but prolific May 2014

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    Red salamander

    On Sassafras Falls hike

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    Thanks, Ted!

    Ted Snyder BBQ at camporee

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Join Us!

We love to hike and work on our beloved trails, and we want you to join us. You can check us out through several hikes with us, or you can join first by clicking on the Join button on our home page. Please contact the hike leader ahead of time if you’re not a member.

Please browse our web site to see other activities you might like. We’re a non-profit with no paid staff, so we depend on volunteers to keep our club going. We would welcome your help!

Hiking

We love to hike in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Depending on weather, we offer three to five hikes most weeks -- from easy rambles on mostly flat trails to challenging, all-day hikes over steep terrain. Each hike is rated by difficulty, length, and  altitude gain, from C (easier) to AA+ (strenuous). Check with the leader if you’re not  sure of your  ability or, if you’re not yet a member, to join a hike. Our hikes offer something for everyone--exercise, natural beauty, companionship, mountain history and culture, and adventure. Pull on those boots, shoulder the backpack, and join us on the trail!


Conservation

Carolina Mountain Club members do more than hike and work on trails –we keep an eye on public lands and voice opinions on stewardship. The Conservation Committee spearheads this effort, letting members know of issues such as clear-cutting, invasive species, and erosion. If you believe, as we do, that public lands require an informed public, contact one of our Conservation Committee members about working with us.

Trail Work

 

AT CMC, trail building and maintenance are second only to hiking. If you want to work up a real sweat, bulk up your muscles, and  feel good about the trails you hike on, trail work is for you! CMC trail maintainers work weekly, bi weekly and quarterly.  If you can't go out with a group, contact a Trail Work member about working solo on sections of the Mountains- to- Sea or Appalachian Trail.

Education

The Education Committee plans workshops and events on a variety of topics related to hiking. For example, we have offered courses on Orienteering and Wilderness First Aid.  Committee members also partner with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to offer opportunities for family hiking.  CMC would like to hear your suggestions for classes, or you can sign up for an upcoming course. Classes will be listed in Let’s Go or “eNews.”

Challenges

Carolina Mountain Club offers four official programs that challenge hikers to reach a collection of outdoor destinations:

1.    South Beyond 6000 (SB6K) - hiking 40 selected southeastern 6,000 foot peaks

2.    Lookout Tower Challenge (LTC) - hiking to 24 fire towers in WNC

3.    Pisgah 400 (P400) - hiking all 400 miles of trails in the Pisgah Ranger District

4.    Waterfall & Cascade 100 (WC100) - hiking to 100 of WNC's most spectacular waterfalls.

Choose a challenge and start earning your patch!