Endorsed by Curators:
(Photo Credit: Larry Ray)
** Update: Voting has completed, and Hike #4: Pilot Rock Loop won by a healthy margin.
The second meeting place will the the Pisgah Ranger Station at 9am.**
What we'll do
There are too many good VVS hikes in Pisgah to choose from, so sign up and help select the hike we will do. The options are:
Hike #1: The "other' Green Knob.
Starting from the Big East Fork Trailhead (in Pisgah Ranger District off Hwy 276), we will take a steep use trail up the ridgeline to meet the MST at Green Knob (Note that this is not the same Green Knob as the one in the Middle Prong Wilderness). We will then follow the MST South to meet the Bridges Camp Gap Trail, with a side trip to Skinny Dip Falls, where we will have lunch. As we descend Bridges Camp, we re-enter the Shining Rock Wilderness and enjoy beautiful river views, completing the loop on the Big East Fork trail. Approx: 12 miles, 2500' eg.
Hike #2: Greasy Cove Loop.
Starting from the Big East Fork Trailhead (in Pisgah Ranger District off Hwy 276), we will take the Big East Fork Trail along a very scenic river, meeting up with the Greasy Cove Trail. From here we climb up to the Art Loeb Trail and Shining Rock Mountain, before descending on the Shining Creek Path to complete the loop. Approx 12 miles, 3200' eg.
Hike #3: PISGAH- PRESSLEY COVE - BLACK MT. - CLUB GAP (led by Sulli)
A very strenuous hike with lots of challenging elevation changes. We will begin at Pressley Cove trail which is a steep trail, gaining almost 900 feet in elevation over the course of just over one mile. It winds through a beautiful cove of laurel, hemlock, and beech trees. We will then take the Black Mountain trail over Black Mountain and Clawhammer Mountain. Soon after we will come across the Buckhorn Gap shelter where we will have lunch. We will then continue over Rich Mountain to Buckwheat trail. We will continue over Buckwheat knob to Bennet Gap Tail and over Coontree Mountain back to the trailhead. Along the entire route, one is treated to gorgeous views of the cove, and as you get higher, ridges off to the west. This will be a moderate to fast paced hike with 1850 ft of elevation within the first 3 miles. We will cross 4 mountains and 1 knob with several amazing views along the way. Approx 12 miles, 2800' eg.
Hike #4: Pilot Rock - Pilot Cove Loop
From the Pilot Rock Trailhead in the Mills River area, we will climb this pretty, steep trail over Pilot Rock to the Buck Spring Trail, and possibly to the BRP. We will descend and return on the Pilot Cove Loop, exact route TBD. Approx 12 miles, 3000' eg.
These are all challenging hikes, and the pace will be brisk. If you have not previously hiked with the hike leader, you must call or message to discuss.
Select your hike preference here: https://goo.gl/forms/dZ8nAOWhq12XJ7583
This is an experiment. Make sure you rank all of your options, since this will be a weighted poll. Only attendees' votes will count. Email or message Jerry Ellsworth ([masked]) with questions or feedback.
M: 12, EG: 3000, R: VVS
Drive RT: 100 miles, $8.00, L: 15
Leader: Jerry Ellsworth[masked]
What to bring
Plenty of water, sturdy hiking footwear, and all the essential hiking gear.
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