Hike, Save Trails, Make Friends!
ATTENTION HIKERS: The Ingles parking lot on NC 191 across from the Asheville Outlet Mall is closed for store demolition and reconstruction. Hikes scheduled to meet there will meet instead at the Toys-R-Us on 191 across from the Mall just south of the Ingles. Use parking places closest to the street.
Click on the the link to learn all about the new Youth Partner Challenge
Send contributions to the Howard McDonald memorial fund to: CMC PO Box 68 Asheville 28802
Have you been looking for a copy of "Trail Profiles and Maps: From the Great Smokies to Mount Mitchell and Beyond" about the CMC's section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail? If so here's where to find it: MST Book
People on the Trail
Award winner Randy Fluharty
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Plants and Animals
Award Winner Carolyn Baker
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Award Winner Janet Martin
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Prize winner Jack Ollis
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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.
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 a number of 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.
5. AT -- MST Challenge - hiking the 92 miles of the AT and the 135 miles of the MST that the CMC maintains.
6. Youth Partner Challenge - for young people under 18.
Choose a challenge and start earning your patch!