High Peaks to Lead Hike Over Roan Mountain

Join the High Peaks Trail Association for a jaunt over spectacular Roan Mountain on Sept. 20, 2014. This difficult 6.3-mile trek will reward hikers with great views from the top of one of the region’s signature peaks.

Hikers should assemble on the Burnsville, NC Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided by a Yancey County van for a fee of $5 per person. Leashed dogs are welcome on the hike but are not allowed on the county vans, so if you plan to bring your pet you must arrange your own transportation.

The hike will start at Carver’s Gap and ascend 700 feet to the top of Roan Mountain, where you will stop by the highest shelter on the Appalachian Trail. The group will then descend steeply 2,275 feet to Hughes Gap, the ending point. This will be tough on the knees, so bring your hiking poles if you have them. Also bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water, warm clothes and rain gear.

The van should return the group to the Burnsville Town Square around 4 p.m.

Hikers should check the High Peaks website, www.nchighpeaks.org, or the club’s Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather. For more information, contact hike leader Dennis Smith at [email protected] or 828-675-9459.


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