Carolina Mountain Club

Hike, Save Trails, Make Friends!

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!

Hike, Save Trails, Make Friends!

Hiking for NewComers

Are you interested in hiking, but haven't hiked yet? Not sure, where to go or how to get the trailhead?

The Carolina Mountain Club, WNC’s oldest and largest hiking organization, is hosting webinars to help anyone get started with hiking our beautiful area.

These Zoom virtual meetings are held quarterly followed by a chance to select a hike suited to your ability. The next webinar is July 11th 6-6:30PM.  If you are interested email your name to: cmcnewhikers@gmail.com
 

New CMC Challenge

As announced in an earlier ENews article, Carolina Mountain Club has created a new challenge to celebrate our 100th anniversary.

- Called the Centennial Challenge, it requires club members to work 50 hours on our trails and hike 50 miles on club led hikes over the course of 2022 and 2023.  Completers will be awarded a certificate and a newly-designed patch.

- The advantage of this challenge is that it is conceptually simple and CMC members of any fitness level can participate at their own speed. Many of our CMC challenges require a certain level of endurance and fitness to complete. Trail maintenance hours can be as simple as scouting trails, lopping brush, or more physical tasks such as cleaning water diversions and more on a trail you have adopted or on trail crew events.

- The existing CMC website trail maintenance hourly log will be used to track hours worked. There is a personal hike log form available to download so one can manually log their hiking accomplishments.  


Little Butt /  Big Butt

Little Butt / Big Butt

Judy and Jim's half day hike Little Butt/Big Butt from Balsam Gap. Great day in the mountains but this half day hike was more like a full day hike given the terrain and distance. Photo was taken by Tom Weaver

  • Little Butt / Big Butt

    Judy and Jim's half day hike Little Butt/Big Butt from Balsam Gap. Great day in the mountains but this half day hike was more like a full day hike given the terrain and distance. Photo was taken by Tom Weaver

  • Roan in Bloom

    Roan in Bloom. We spend a weekday at Carvers Gap on the AT on June 10, 2022 working on #100 of the favorite 100 hikes. Early signs of Spring as flowers were beginning to pop at the beginning of the trail at Carvers Gap. (Photo by Jim Magura)

  • Rattler on the Trail

    Large 6' rattler block our path on a favorite 100 trail. We all went around this one. On the other side we looked back and he was coiled up in a striking position rattling away. This one meant business! (Photo by Jim Magura)

  • Sam's Gap to Big Bald

    Our lunch break on Big Bald after a six mile trail and climb to the top on April 23, 2022 on the AT.

  • Lost Cove

    Lost Cove hike on 4/6/22 - Good time had by all and a real adventure into history.

  • Black Balsam to Shining Rock - Scheduled Hike

    Early morning group hike up to Shining Rock via Black Balsam along Art Loeb trail, November 2020. Greeted with the sun on an early morning hike. Photo courtesy of Sharon Smith

  • Cowee Overlook

    Another great club hike!

  • CMC Bridge Work

    The CMC Maintenance Team, Restoring a trail bridge for hikers.

  • CMC on Max Patch

    Max Patch - Keeping it inviting for all

  • Pilot Mountain

    One of the great views of Pilot Mountain from the AT. Pilot Mountain is a great challenging hike, best done as a key swap.