Scroll down to see the museum’s 2016 events. Most events require pre-registration. Register for events via Paypal. Email the museum at info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org or call (828) 669-9566 with any questions.


Saturday, February 13, 2016 (Postponed to March 5 due to weather)

Seven Sisters Peak Hike
Join us on a unique day-long hike in which participants will summit all the peaks in the Seven Sisters range. Towering over both Black Mountain and Montreat is the much-beloved Walkertown Ridge mountain range, which has been known locally as the Seven Sisters since the early 20th century. The seven peaks that make up the sisters are also known by a variety of different names, but locals have historically called them (from west to east)—Tomahawk, Little Piney, Brushy Knob, Stomping Knob, Fork Mountain, Little Slaty, and Big Slaty. This hike is difficult and is best for experienced hikers.Participants should be prepared for a full day of hiking, and bring with them lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.To register, please call (828) 669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or sign-up online below.
Start Time: 8:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank


Seven Sisters Hike




Saturday, February 20, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #2: Rhododendron Rim
This hike in the Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike series explores the Rhododendron Rim segment. It is a moderate 4-mile hike and runs from Wendell Begley’s home on Sunset Mountain to Route 9. It passes through property once owned by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, best known for his innovative system of self-supporting arches and vaults using interlocking tiles in some of New York’s most famous Beaux-Arts landmarks, as well as Asheville’s Basilica of St. Lawrence. He retired in Black Mountain and built an eclectic estate called Rhododendron and known locally as the “Spanish Castle”.Pre-registration is required. Purchase tickets online below, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or call (828) 669-9566.

Difficulty: Moderate, 3.8 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank


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Saturday, March 5, 2016

1486002_10101708718386478_442401600_oSeven Sisters Peaks Hike
Join us on a unique day-long hike in which participants will summit all the peaks in the Seven Sisters range.

Towering over both Black Mountain and Montreat is the much-beloved Walkertown Ridge mountain range, which has been known locally as the Seven Sisters since the early 20th century.

The seven peaks that make up the sisters are also known by a variety of different names, but locals have historically called them (from west to east)—Tomahawk, Little Piney, Brushy Knob, Stomping Knob, Fork Mountain, Little Slaty, and Big Slaty. This hike is difficult and is best for experienced hikers. Participants should be prepared for a full day of hiking, and bring with them lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.

Time: 8:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 East State Street
Cost: $20 for members or $30 for nonmembers
To register please call the Swannanoa Valley Museum at (828) 669-9566 or email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org.



Seven Sisters Hike



 



Thursday, March 10, 2016

20-DSC00103Valley History Explorer Moderate Hike Series Interest Meeting

Learn about our moderate hiking series, the Valley History Explorer Series during this free informational meeting. The meeting will provide an introduction to the program offerings, details about the individual hikes, advice for hikers, and information about our scholarships. The Valley History Explorer Hiking Series offers the opportunity to revisit the past of the unique communities that make up the Swannanoa Valley through 7 moderate hikes. Register for one hike or the entire series.

Start Time: 6:30 PM at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Cost: Free to attend Interest Meeting
Entire Valley Explorer Series: $140 for members, $210 for non-members (includes a $20 credit for an additional “Hiker’s Choice” 8th hike to complete the series)
Each Valley Explorer Hike: $20 for members, $30 for non-members


Valley History Explorer Hike Series Packages




One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

WWCValley History Explorer Hike #1: Riceville
This first hike of the Valley History Explorer Hiking Series will explore the Warren Wilson College trails in the Riceville community along the Swannanoa River.Warren Wilson College went through many phases before becoming what it is today. Its property, situated along the Swannanoa River, was purchased in 1893 by the Women’s Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church, which was concerned that many Americans in isolated areas were not receiving a proper education. On November 30, 1894, the Asheville Farm School officially opened on 420 acres, with 25 students attending and three staff members offering the first three grades of elementary instruction.

Purchase tickets online below, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or call (828) 669-9566.
Difficulty: Moderate
Start Time: 9:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank
Cost: $20 for museum members and $30 for nonmembers.


One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #3: Cherokee Boundary
Join the museum for the third hike in the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series to the Cherokee Boundary, the eastern most boundary of the Cherokee nation. Almost all of the 4.5-mile trip (many ups and downs) will be off trail and may require bushwhacking.Purchase tickets online below, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or call (828) 669-9566.
Difficulty: Moderate, 3.8 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank
Cost: $30 for museum members and $50 for nonmembers.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Old Mt. Mitchell Toll Road Caravan to Camp Alice

Join us for this popular 4-wheel drive caravan up the historic Old Toll Road to Camp Alice on Mt Mitchell. Parts of the trip are on the old Mt Mitchell Railroad bed. We will make several stops for historical presentations and arrive at Camp Alice for a late lunch. Snacks and lunch are provided. Drivers with high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles who will carry 3 passengers can attend for free. Call for details.

Start Time: 7:30AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank
Price: $75 for members, $100 for nonmembers

Old Toll Road Caravan




 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Valley History 5 MontreatValley History Explorer Hike #2: Montreat

This hike focuses on the history of Montreat and the remnants of the Montreat hydroelectric facilities that were constructed in 1913 and in use until 1947. This will be a moderate 3-mile hike with an optional 3/4 mile difficult section at the end if anyone would like to also see the holding ponds above the campground.

Difficulty: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 9:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank
Price: $20 members, $30 nonmembers


Valley History Explorer Hike Series Packages


One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Rim Hike 4 Montreat East RidgeSwannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge


This segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. The hike will include the peaks of Rocky Head, Brushy Mountain, and Boggs Bunion and will descend on the Blue Ridge down to the historic Swannanoa Gap at Ridgecrest. On the way we will see remnants of the old Mt. Mitchell Railroad and Scenic Auto Road.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate/Difficult, 6.0 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East Side

Exclusive historic driving tour of the east side of the once thriving North Fork Valley community inside the protected City of Asheville watershed. Some walking on rough terrain. Wear sturdy hiking boots and dress for the weather. This is a rain or shine event. Pre-registration required and limited to only 25 participants for each tour.

To Register: Email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or call (828) 669-9566.
Price: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers, $25 for children under 12
Difficulty: Moderate
Start Time: 7:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Watershed Tour
Please choose a tour time




 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

SD and BillValley History Explorer Hike #4: Swannanoa

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 7 historic destinations throughout the year.

The third hike in the series will take hikers to see the grave of Samuel Davidson (located on private property), followed by the ruins of Alexander Farm, a boarding house, and finally on a moderate trek to the peak of Jones Mountain, where Davidson met his untimely death.

Meet: Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E. State Street
Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 10:00 AM
Price: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers
Pack List: Please bring a bag lunch and plenty of water along with your hiking gear.
Registration: Call 828-669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or pay below.


Valley History Explorer Series Packages



Single Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle of Blue Ridge

This will be a rewarding hike with some of the best views on the rim. However, it will be long and difficult. The hike will be a loop hike of over 8 miles and includes two strenuous ascents, two steep descents, some rock scrambling on three rocky summits, and some moderate off-trail hiking. The return will be back to the Parkway via the Mt. Mitchell Toll Road. Hikers will carpool from Black Mountain to the Parkway. So, plan on an all-day hike and please bring raingear, sturdy shoes, plenty of water, a hearty lunch, and hiking sticks if you have them!

Difficulty Rating: Difficult/Strenuous, 8 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


Single Rim Hike
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Saturday, June 4, 2016

swannanoaOld Town Swannanoa Tour

This tour will explore the historic buildings that were once part of the mill town that surround Beacon Manufacturing in downtown Swannanoa.

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Start Time: 10:00 AM
Price: TBD

Registration: Call 828-669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or sign up online below.


Old Town Swannanoa Tour



Saturday, June 11, 2016

SVM House Tour (Image Credit Steven Fichtel)Valley History Explorer Hike #4: Black Mountain

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 7 historic destinations throughout the year.

Join us for a historic tour of the Montreat College Athletic Campus, the former site on In-the-Oaks. We will walk the grounds of the former Terry Estate located on 89 wooded acres within the town of Black Mountain. Hike leader, Alan Edwards, will share the history of the Terry’s and how they came to build In-the-Oaks, the selling of the property to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, the second owners of the property and organizers of Camp Henry, up to Montreat College’s acquisition of the estate in 2001.

Meet: Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E. State Street
Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Price: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers
Pack List: Please bring a bag lunch and plenty of water along with your hiking gear.
Registration: Call 828-669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or pay below.


7 Valley History Explorer Hikes



One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Grey Eagle Rock

The final mile will be along the historic roadbed that was initially built to the summit of Clingman’s Peak, 71 years ago. The toughest part of the entire trip will be the steep ascent up the historic southeast face of Potato Knob. In addition to being the roughest section of the Rim it features the highest elevation, most spectacular environment, and the most incredible vistas on the entire Swannanoa Rim.

Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 3.1 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Monday, July 4, 2016

july 4th 2014Independence Day Fireworks Hike

This hike is a perennial favorite for families and visiting friends! Celebrate the 4th of July with a moderate hike, and then view the sunset and Black Mountain’s fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain. Bring a picnic, water, folding chairs, cameras, and flashlights. Dress for inclement and chilly weather. The museum will provide watermelon and transport cargo to the summit.

Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate, 1.5 mile
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Price: $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers

Advanced registration is required. Consider joining the museum as a member for reduced prices all year.


Independence Day Fireworks Hike



 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #6: Patton’s Table

Hikers will witness what has been described as some of the most stunning scenery on the entire 900+ mile Mountain to Sea Trail. During the first mile we will climb approximately 300 feet to the crest of the Swannanoa Rim and Hole-In-Rock Ridge, passing below Grey Eagle Rock and just above the boldest source of the Swannanoa River.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate,/Difficult, 5.3 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Annual Rummage Sale

Support the museum by visiting our Rummage Sale starting at 8:00 am. The tent is located at the corner of Padgettown Road and Old US 70, Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Volunteers are needed to help with set-up starting at noon on Friday, August 5. If you would like to volunteer or to donate items, please contact Yolanda Smith at (828) 669-1679.

Please do not bring donations to the museum. Gently-used household goods, kitchen items, collectibles, books, children’s toys, and furniture are appreciated. The museum is unable to accept donations of clothing or electronics. Donors will receive a tax receipt.


 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

point_lookoutValley History Explorer Series Hike #5: Ridgecrest

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 7 historic destinations throughout the year.

This hike will take place on the Point Lookout Greenway, what used to be Central Highway, later US 70., which followed winding route over the mountains, a path that included 98 curves. A welcome rest stop along the way was Point Lookout, a tourist attraction with a fantastic view of the Royal Gorge. Travelers could buy a soft drink for a nickel and a hot dog for a dime. A special attraction of the place was a bear named Sally, who entertained visitors by downing a bottle of her favorite drink, orange soda. The hike will also include history of the railroad built up the grade between Old Fort and Black Mountain as well as views of several tunnels.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Price: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers
Pack List: Please bring a bag lunch and plenty of water along with your hiking gear.
Registration: Call 828-669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or pay below.


One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rim Hike 8 Walker's KnobSwannanoa Valley Rim Hike #8 – Walker’s Knob


This peak (elevation 5,482 feet) was named after North Fork’s Walker family, one of the early families to settle in the upper North Fork valley. They owned much of the land and were engaged in timber and logging. This 4-mile, moderate hike begins at Balsam Gap and extends to Greybeard Overlook on Blue Ridge Parkway.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3.8 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Saturday, September 10, 2016
Bee-Tree-ReservoirValley History Explorer Hike #6: Bee Tree

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 7 historic destinations throughout the year. This year we will explore the Summerhaven community on a trail with great views of the Bee Tree reservoir.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Price: $20 members, $30 nonmembers


One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #9: Buckner’s Knob


Buckner’s Knob was the original name given to today’s Craggy Pinnacle, named after the Buckner family, one of the early families to settle on the Barnardsville side of the Craggies. This 3.5-mile, moderate hike begins at Craggy Pinnacle parking lot and extends to Craggy picnic area at Bearpen Gap.


Difficulty Rating:
Moderate, 3.5 miles

Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mitchell FallsMitchell Falls Hike

Today, the Museum will host a 6.5-mile hike on a private land preserve, with permission of the owners, to what is now known as Mitchell Falls. This is the site where Dr. Elisha Mitchell fell to his death while trying to prove the mountain that now bears his name is the highest in Eastern North America. The hike is moderate, with a steep descent into the falls themselves.

Difficulty: Moderate, 6.5 miles
Cost: $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers.

Call (828) 669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or sign up online below to register.

 


Mitchell Falls Hike




Saturday, October 8, 2016

north forkValley History Explorer Series Hike #7: North Fork

Learn the history of the Swannanoa Valley while exploring our communities on moderate, approximately 3-mile hikes to 7 historic destinations throughout the year.

The sixth hike in the series will take hikers on an exploration of part of Grove Stone Quarry to a viewpoint overlooking the North Fork Valley.

This moderate trail is part of the network of roads that trucks drive through the quarry. Jason Conner, who works for the quarry, will share the geology of the region. We will hike to a viewpoint the overlooks the North Fork Valley and the Asheville Watershed while we learn about the history of the area.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate, 3 miles
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Price: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers
Pack List: Please bring a bag lunch and plenty of water along with your hiking gear.
Registration: Call 828-669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or pay below.


One Valley History Explorer Hike
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Rim Hike 10 Top of BrushySwannanoa Valley Rim Hike #10: Top of Brushy/High Top Bee Tree

In the 1800s and early 1900s the top of Brushy was an important meeting spot for hunters. It divides the large drainages of Bee Tree Creek (Right Fork), Laurel Branch, and Sugar Fork. The high top of Bee Tree is the highest point on the Swannanoa Rim. This approximately 6-mile, difficult hike begins at Laurel Ridge youth camp and extends to Laurel Ridge water tank.

Pre-registration is required by emailing info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, calling (828) 669-9566, or paying below.

Difficulty Rating: Difficult, 6 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


One Rim Hike
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Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, 2016

hhhtHistoric Haunted House Tour

This year the Swannanoa Valley Museum will hold is 5th annual Historic Haunted House Tour and invites you to experience this entrancing spectacle. The tours are led by historic interpreters dressed in period attire and each room includes historical reenactors. The event also features live music and exhibits of photographs, objects, and ephemera from the museum collection. Feel free to come dressed for the occasion and celebrate Halloween with the museum!

Guided tours begin at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tours will last approximately 2 hours. Pre-registration is required. Spaces fill up fast.

Difficulty Rating: Easy
Price: $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers


Members || Non-Members
Tour Times
Choose: Friday OR Saturday




 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Trick-or-Treat at the Haunted Museum

Bring your children to the (kid-friendly) haunted museum for some treats and old-fashioned Halloween mask making. Enjoy a last look around the museum before we close for the season.

Free Admission All Day!

For more information email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org or call (828) 669-9566.

Hours: 10:00AM until 8:00PM
Price: Free. Donations appreciated.





Saturday, November 12, 2016

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West Side

Exclusive historic driving tour of the west side of the once thriving North Fork Valley community inside the protected City of Asheville watershed. Some walking on rough terrain. Wear sturdy hiking boots and dress for the weather. This is a rain or shine event. Bring water and snacks.

Pre-registration required and limited to only 25 participants for each tour. Email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, call (828) 669-9566, or sign up online below for tickets.

Difficulty: Moderate
Price: $50 for members, $75 for nonmembers, $25 for children under 12

Start Time: 7:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Watershed Tour
Please choose a tour time




Saturday, November 19, 2016

Swannanoa Rim Hike #11: Garden of Eden

Join the museum for the final hike of the Swannanoa Rim Hike Series to the Garden of Eden. This rocky mountaintop is located one mile northwest of Lake Eden on the Swannanoa Rim. In the summer months its rocky top was famous for its sunning serpents (rattlesnakes and copperheads) and it why this segment of the rim is hiked in the winter. This loop hike begins at Camp Rockmont for Boys climbs to Cedar Cliff and the Garden of Eden and returns to Rockmont.

Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 8 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers


Single Rim Hike
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Swannanoa Creek and Tunnel Hike

The museum will host a moderate winter hike down this historic path, which was also used as a Native American trade route and later by General Rutherford as he moved into the Swannanoa Valley and further west burning Indian settlements.

Though passenger train service ceased in the mid-1900s, the trains still run up and down the mountain several times a day transporting coal east and wood chips west. Hikers often view trains on the nearby tracks, and during the hike there is a good view of the eastern end of the Swannanoa Tunnel, the longest of the seven tunnels constructed up the Old Fort railroad grade.

This 4-mile moderate hike is mostly downhill and starts at Swannanoa Gap near Ridgecrest. Though it follows the old stagecoach road, the road has deteriorated over the last century and is very rough and rocky in places. Hikers should come equipped with study hiking shoes and hiking poles for added stability.

To register please call (828) 669-9566, email info@swannanoavalleymuseum.org, or sign up online below.

Time: 9:30 AM
Difficulty: Moderate, 4-miles


Swannanoa Creek & Tunnel Hike



Saturday, December 10, 2016 (Rescheduled from Jan. 23)

Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #1 –
Weatherford Heights
(Jesse’s High Top to Route 9)

This is the first hike of the 2016 Swannanoa Rim Hike Series- a sequence of 11 monthly hikes that travel 31 miles across the highest and most historic skyline in Eastern America. The hike to Weatherford Heights explores the history and geography of Y.M.C.A. Blue Ridge Assembly near Black Mountain, NC. The strenuous, six-mile long hike follows the original boundary line of the conference center’s grounds, surveyed by educator, author, and religious leader Willis Duke Weatherford in 1906.

Difficulty Rating: Strenuous, 6 miles
Start Time: 8:00 AM at the Black Mountain Savings Bank parking lot
Price: $30 for members, $50 for nonmembers

 


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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Swannanoa Valley Hike Finishers Celebration

Tonight we’re celebrating all those who finished the Rim Hike and Moderate Hike series in 2015. All 2015 Rim Hike finishers will receive their Rim Hike jackets this evening. All past and present finishers and their families are welcome. We will provide dinner, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Start Time: 5:00 PM
Price: Free for all 2015 finishers, $10 suggested donation for all others


Hike Finishers Celebration Donation