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Wednesday 05/25/2016
Pinnacle Pass hike for 5/29 parking fee changed
The per person fee for parking at Jones Gap SP now $5 per person. It was listed in Let's Go as being ... » more

Friday 05/20/2016
Point Lookout Trail
The U.S. Forest Service is closing the Point Lookout Trail for 90 days due to a major landslide. This ... » more

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Hikes (click for details):

Sunday May. 29, 8:00 AM - Pinnacle Pass - Rim of the Gap - 9 mi.

Sunday Half-Day May. 29, 12:30 PM - Florence Nature Preserve - 5 mi.

Monday May. 30, 8:00 AM - Mt. Sterling Loop - 17.2 mi.

Wednesday Jun. 1, 8:30 AM - Sycamore Cove - 7 mi.

Hike, Save Trails, Make Friends!

CMC's own Danny Bernstein is the featured speaker at the next Sierra Club meeting, 7 pm June 1st at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Place. Her topic is "Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service in the Southeast".

Saturday June 4th is National Trails Day! CMC will celebrate by offering two hikes and an opportunity to do maintenance on the newest CMC-built portion of the MST. There will be a formal dedication of the newly built trail at the Waterrock Knob Overlook (milepost 451.2 on the BRP) at 1 PM. For more information click here: Waterrock Dedication

Check out AT and BRP pictures from the Spring Social below. Thanks to everyone who submitted their photos for the show!

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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 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!