Two Special Outings Just Announced for September
The first is the Family hike to Charlies Bunion. This will be on Saturday, Sept. 27. Our hike begins at Newfound Gap Parking Lot. Our first 2.5 miles will be an 1100' climb with several nice views. We will stop by Ice Water Springs and check out the Club's rebuilt shelter accomplished a few years back. Soon after the shelter we will arrive at Charlies Bunion, a dramatic outcrop of rock with tremendous views--if we are lucky enough to have a crisp fall day! Please invite family and friends along for this leisurely-paced hike.
Meet at the Alcoa Food City at 8:00. Hike 8 miles, rated moderate. Drive 100 miles RT. Leaders: Karen Brackett firstname.lastname@example.org and Priscilla Watts, email@example.com
The second is the Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Hike. This will be the following day, Sunday, September 28. As part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park's weekend long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, SMHC will be coordinating a hike from Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald. This scenic portion of the Appalachian Trail is part of the famous 1966 "Save Our Smokies Wilderness" hike led by Harvey Broome and others, during which more than 500 hikers came to or passed over Silers Bald. The return will be on the same trail with a steady climb gaining around 1200 feet in elevation.
Meet at Comcast on Asheville Hwy. at 7:30 or at the Sugarlands Visitors Center in the west side parking area, near the restrooms, at 8:30.
Round trip mileages: drive Comcast – Clingmans 120, Sugarlands - Clingmans 46; hike around 10, rated moderate.
Leaders: Ed Fleming firstname.lastname@example.org, Tim Bigelow email@example.com, Cindy Spangler firstname.lastname@example.org, and Hiram Rogers email@example.com
If you have questions about either these outings, please contact the leaders for more details. We hope to see you there!