Hike Reports 12/2/20
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WEDNESDAY NO. W1201-051 Jan. 25 Hickey Fork - Whiteoaks Flats - Pounding Mill *8:30 AM Hike 8, Drive 85, 1900 ft ascent, Rated B-A Tish Desjardins, cell: 828-380-1452, email@example.com *Form carpools at Westgate, and meet leader at US 25 / NC 208 intersection at 9:10 AM. Starting at a splendid new footbridge over Hickey Fork, we'll do a nice loop hike using three different trails and finishing on newly and heavily rebuilt Hickey Fork Rd. Topos: White Rock, Greystone; also NatGeo. map #782
This is a beautiful hike in a natural, wild, and peaceful setting. Hickey Falls was very full and rushing with outstanding splendor!!
On two occasions along the way, we heard the thundering noise of the flight of ruffed grouse that had been hiding in the brush. The hunter that we eventually ran into did not have any in his sack, though.
Pretty views of the mountains were abound on the glorious sunny day!!
WEDNESDAY NO. W1201-268 Feb. 1 Hospital Rock - Rainbow Falls *8:30 AM Hike 8, Drive 95, 2000 ft. ascent, Rated B-A Brenda Worley, 828-684-8656, cell: 828-606-7297, firstname.lastname@example.org WC100 *Form carpools at Westgate, and meet leader at Cracker Barrel at Exit 53 of I-26 at 9:00 AM. This is an interesting hike in Jones Gap State Park in S.C. Hiking steeply up past Hospital Rock, we will enjoy a great view at lunchtime from Pretty Place. After lunch we will walk along a road for a short distance, then turn steeply downhill past beautiful Rainbow Falls onto a trail down to the river and back to our cars. Note: $2 person parking fee at trailhead. Topos: Cleveland, Standingstone Mtn.; also Mountain Bridge Wilderness Map. Seven people came out for this beautiful hike. We got on the trail at 9:50am and got back to our cars at 3:30pm. The day was warm, sunny in the morning, turned cloudy later in the day. We had light rain the last two miles of the hike. Everyone seemed to enjoy the challenge this hike provides as well as the two beautiful waterfalls and the exceptional view from Pretty Place where we had lunch.
WEDNESDAY NO. W1201-041 Feb. 8 Sugar Cove Trail to Mackey Mountain *8:10 AM (strenuous) Hike 11.5, Drive 57, 2900 ft. ascent, Rated A-AA+ Barbara Morgan, 828-738-3395, cell: 828-460-7066, Barbc129@gmail.com *Form carpools at Westgate, and meet leader at Ingles Parking Lot off Exit 64 of I-40 at 8:30 AM. We'll take the Sugar Cove Creek Trail and turn onto Mackey Mountain Trail to Mackey Mountain where we will enjoy great winter views from the Mackey Mountain ridge. We will return to our cars via the same trails. Topo: Old Fort; also NatGeo Map #779
Eight of us had a great day hiking Sugar Cove Trail up to the Curtis Creek Road and then on to the summit of Mackey Mountain in McDowell County. The weather offered a little of everything - a few spits of rain as we parked, overcast skies, some flurries, and sun and clouds in the afternoon. We were generating a lot of heat hiking, so the 45 degree temperature felt great.
We enjoyed views of Sugar Cove Creek as we wound our way to the ridge, using an old roadbed. The Mackey Mountain trail offers a lot of variety in easy-to-very difficult hiking, with lots of views off both sides of the ridge. All agreed that it works best as a winter hike to take advantage of the leaves being off the trees.
WEDNESDAY NO. W1201-330 Feb. 8 Raven Cliff Falls *8:30 AM (moderate) Hike 8, Drive 95, 1450 ft. ascent, Rated B-B Stuart English, 828-883-2447, email@example.com WC100 *Form carpools at Westgate, and meet leader at Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo side parking lot at 9:05 AM. We'll do a pleasant walk to the pedestrian bridge over the top of a beautiful 250 ft. waterfall in Caesar's Head St. Park in S.C. The hike will follow the Raven Cliff Falls Trail and a portion of the Foothills Trail to the bridge, and then return with a side trip to the spectacular overlook of the falls and Matthew Creek Gorge. Topo: Table Rock; also Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area trail map. 9 hikers including the leader met at Pisgah Forest Bi Lo for this one and carpooled to the Jones Gap-Caesar's Head State Park parking lot just below Caesar's Head in South Carolina. In the morning it was cloudy and drizzly there were no views from the ridge. We climbed down to the falls at 11:30 and had lunch on the suspension bridge over the spectacular waterfalls over Mathew Creek. Then the sun came out and suddenly there was blue sky. We had a beautiful ridge walk back along the edge of the escarpment looking out into the Piedmont of South Carolina. We stopped at the overlook platform for a look at the Falls from a different perspective and took a group picture. At one point, we could see the tall buildings of Greenville in the distance. It was a day this hike leader will long remember. Stuart WEDNESDAY NO. W1201-209 Feb. 15 Buckwheat Knob - Coontree Loop 10:00 AM Hike 8, Drive 67, 1900 ft. ascent, Rated B-A Laura Frisbie, 828-337-5845, firstname.lastname@example.org P400 From the trailhead at Coontree Picnic area, we'll climb along beautiful Coontree Creek through open forest up to Bennett Gap and on to Buckwheat Knob for lunch, then return via the other segment of the Coontree loop. This is a moderate woodland hike with exceptional views from the ridgeline. Second meeting place: Coontree Picnic area at 10:40 AM. Topo: Shining Rock; also NatGeo Map #780 WEDNESDAY NO. W1201-530 Feb. 22 Bent Creek #10: Stradley Mtn. via Rice Pinnacle *9:00 AM Hike 8, Drive 25, 900 ft. ascent, Rated B-C Keiko Merl, 828-628-2396, email@example.com P400 *Only meeting place: Ingles across from Biltmore Square Mall on NC 191. This moderate hike is in the eastern part of Stradley Mountain. It is probably a new hike for most. Great views of Hominy Valley. We will return by Boyd Branch and Deer Lake Lodge Trail. Scout Report:
----------Half Day Weekend Hikes----------
HALF-DAY NO. H1201-485 Jan. 22 Old U.S. 70 and the Railroad 12:00 PM Hike 5, Drive 60, 200 ft ascent, Rated C-C Nonmembers, call leader: Sawako Jager, 828-687-2547, Baiko70@aol.com We will walk down (gentle grade) old U.S. 70, Point Lookout Trail, from Swannanoa Gap with a side trip to see an unknown Confederate soldier's grave. We will enjoy a view of the valley, railroad and tunnel featured in "The Road" by John Ehle, a book about building the railroad up to Swannanoa Gap. Car shuttle. Second meeting place: Ingles parking lot off Exit 64 of I-40 at 12:20 PM. Topos: Old Fort, Black Mountain. The weather forecast did not discourage 11 hikers including two new guests. Shivering cold (40 F) temps and dense fog met us at the Point Lookout upper trailhead. Even though Point Lookout where we had lunch/snack was obliterated by thick fog, the cheerful group chatted happily as we walked our way checking out the tunnels and an unknown soldier's grave. Addition to the hike write-up, we dropped by Andrews Geyser Park and Becky, our sweep, lead hikers to explore the trail further up to Kudzu Fields while waiting for the drivers to retrieve shuttle cars. Many thanks to Bev M. for greeting hikers at the second meeting place, Becky S. for sweeping and Renate R. for baking delicious cookies to share with us! Warm hearts of everyone made this a mystical outing! Sawako Jager
HALF-DAY NO. H1201-751 Jan. 29 Bent Creek Loop #13 - The "Other Side" of Bent Creek *12:30 PM Hike 6.2, Drive 22, 1100 ft. ascent, Rated B-B Nonmembers, call leader: Marcia Bromberg, 828-505-0471, firstname.lastname@example.org P400 *Only meeting place: Ingles on Brevard Rd. A pleasant hike on the sunny side of Bent Creek begins with an uphill hike on Laurel Branch Rd., Sidehill Trail and Little Hickory Top Trail to Ingles Field Gap. We'll then head downhill on Ingles Field Gap Trail and Ledford Branch Rd. Short car shuttle. Topos: Asheville, Skyland
HALF-DAY NO. H1201-434Feb. 5
Laurel Mountain Trail *12:30 PM
Hike 5.4, Drive 70, 950 ft. ascent, Rated C-C
Nonmembers, call leader: Greg Goodman, 828-684-9703, email@example.com
P400 *Form carpools at Westgate, and meet leader at N. Mills River Rec. Area parking lot at 1:00 PM. This loop hike will start at FS 1206, hike along a ridge trail toward Black Mountain, and return via the Laurel Mountain Trail. There should be good views of the Mills River Valley. Topo: Dunsmore Mtn.; also NatGeo map #780