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5/24 Mingus Mill hike
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Upcoming Hikes (click for details):

Sunday May. 24, 8:00 AM - Mingus Mill Semi-circular - 10.4 mi.

Sunday Half-Day May. 24, 12:30 PM - A.T./Lovers Leap/Pump Gap/Silvermine Loop - 5 mi.

Monday May. 25, 9:00 AM - Balsam Gap to Waterrock Knob - 10 mi.

Wednesday May. 27, 8:00 AM - Grassy Ridge Bald and Roan Mountains - 11.9 mi.

Saturday May. 30, 8:30 AM - Kitsuma Peak & Old US 70 - 10 mi.

Hike, Save Trails, Make Friends!

Check out plans for the 2015 Camporee by clicking on this link: 2015 Camporee

Registration is now open for the 2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference scheduled for July 17-24 in Winchester, Virginia. Click on this link for registration information


SB6K Challenge

SB6K Challenge

The Black Mountains. Here are 10 of the 40 6000 ft. peaks in the SB6K challenge.

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    SB6K Challenge

    The Black Mountains. Here are 10 of the 40 6000 ft. peaks in the SB6K challenge.

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    The Wilderness Crew

    The Wilderness Crew recently spent a weekend at Tom and Joan's Meadow to do maintenance on remote areas of the Fork Mountain Trail.

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    Trail building 2

    Club members extending the MST near Soco Gap on March 16th - look at those felled trunks!

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    Howard McDonald's new MST bridge

     Howard McDonald's new MST bridge complete! (what year?

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    CMC emblem

    90 Years Young

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    A favorite wildflower

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    Dog Hobble

    Taken at Camporee hike

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    Red salamander

    On Sassafras Falls hike

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    Cookie Hike, 2014

    Cookie Hike and Sherman Stanbaugh's birthday (almost)

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    Steve Pierce

    Smokies scout

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    Autumn abundance

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    Slanted rock

    Woods Mtn, MST

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    Kephart Prong

    Steve & Randy on scout

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    Linville River

    Gettin' cool!

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    Linville Gorge

    Great geology lesson from Jeff Wilcox

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    Flame Azalea

    Roan Mountain glory

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    Howard McDonald, Master Trail Builder 2015

    Howard's Rock plaque now on Firescald Bald. Thanks, Harold, for helping build trails for our club.

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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!


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!


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.


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.”


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!