Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mingus Creek Hike with Carolina Mountain Club

As part of the Smoky Mountains 75th Anniversary celebration, the Carolina Mountain Club will be holding a series of three guided hikes on the North Carolina side of the Smokies this spring. All three hikes are free to the public.

The last hike in this series occurs on 6/14/2009 and will take you up to Newton Bald and back down Mingus Creek.

Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Mingus Mill Parking Area.

This hike goes up Newton Bald through wildflowers and a rhododendron tunnel to a former bald with flame azaleas at top of the ridge. It then descends on the Mingus Creek Trail. Hikers will take a side trip to a cemetery and a former house site with corner stones and a chimney pile.

This hike is 12.2 miles with 2600 feet of climbing. The club is asking that each participant carry a pack with a lunch, two quarts of water, a rain jacket and a warm fleece. In addition, you'll need hiking boots and good hiking socks. The leader for this hike will be Lenny Bernstein. For more information, please call 828-236-0192 or email at lsberns@att.net.

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