Scheduled Mountain Blazer Adventures
Available Mountain Blazer Trips
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June 7th & 8th
Black Balsam Knob
June 29th to July 1st
1 or 2 Nights
Black Balsam Knob
Waterfall & Swimming
July 10th to July 12th
short hikes & fun campsites
July 23rd to July 26th
39 Mile AT Section Hike in the Smoky Mountains
Hiking Permit Required
A Preview of Possible 2020 Excursions
These Are Tentative - Dates & Places Could Change
Jones Gap State Park
May 18th 2020
This is a simple trip, and one of the few places we'll go within South Carolina, but not after May or before September. Too hot for this low altitude. Usually the campsite is only 1/2 mile from the parking lot. There is a nice hike available to Rainbow Falls.
Overnight at Black Balsam (Sam Knob)
June 2020 (Probably June 8th & 9th)
This is an opportunity for an amazing sunset, some star gazing, and to wake up to a sunrise. We will camp where this picture was taken. The hike up to Sam Knob Bald is tough (just ask Javier), but it is a relatively short hike, and well worth the effort. We will take our time with multiple breaks. And we'll carry plenty of water. No water at the top of a mountain bald.
Smoky Mountains - Balsam Mtn Campground
August 2020 - TBD
Balsam Mountain campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National park affords the ability to view and photograph Elk, and maybe Black Bears. This will be a base camp trip. Hiking is optional - day hikes. Probably a 2-night stay. Reservations will be made 6 months in advance so we can get a site which allows 2 cars and 6 people.
30.1 Mile Art Loeb Trail
June or July 2020
This is one of the toughest hikes in North Carolina. We will begin at the Davison River campsite, and end at Daniel Boone campsite. This requires 3 full days of hiking. This one is more tentative than the others.
Waterfall Loop at Black Balsam Knob
July 2020 (TBD)
Begins via the Art Loeb Spur trail from the Black Balsam Knob parking area. We will hike through Graveyard Fields on our way to our first waterfall. This is a two-night trip with potential swimming opportunities. Potentially a tough hike, but worth it.
Two Nights at Mt. Mitchell
July or August 2020
This is a beautiful area with great campsites, and an easy introduction to our club. This will be a Noon arrival for day one and hike about 2.5 miles to camp Maple Bald. Day two is a leisurely sleep-in morning, followed by 3 miles to Commissary Hill campsite, including a lunch stop. We will arrive at Commissary Hill early, so there will be opportunities for further day hiking on day two if desired. Day three is an easy 1.6 miles back to our vehicles.
24.4 AT Section
July 2020 (TBD)
This is from Deep Gap, NC to Winding Stair Gap, NC. Probably 2 1/2 days, 2 nights for this trip.
27.3 Mile AT Section
May or Oct 2020 (TBD)
Though only 27.3 miles, day one will be a tough hike, so this is a solid 2.5 days on the trail. Appalachian Trail from Wesser, NC (NOC), to Fontana Dam, NC. Camping altitude is not very high for the 2nd night, so this should be a spring or a fall hike.
39 Mile AT Section
Late July, early Aug 2020
This is the Appalachian Trail in the Smoky Mountains from Clingman's Dome, NC to Davenport Gap, TN. This is a 3 night, 3.5 day hiking trip. Day 1 will begin before Noon and cover 11.2 miles. Attaining permits are required for this trip.
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