Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #4: Montreat East Ridge
April 16 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
This difficult, 6-mile segment traverses the crest of the Blue Ridge (Continental Divide) along the eastern boundary of Montreat. Montreat was founded by Rev. John C. Collins in 1897 as a place “for physical and spiritual renewal,” and was named by combining the words “mountain” and “retreat.” The hike will include the peaks of Rocky Head, Brushy Mountain, and Boggs Bunion and will descend 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: Difficult, 5.8 miles
Note: This event has been split into two different hike times- Saturday, April 16 @ 8:00AM – 3:30PM & Sunday, April 18 @ 8:00AM – 3:30PM in order to keep hike group numbers low and to better adhere to evolving county and state coronavirus protocols.
This event is sold out for 2021. The museum hikes committee is taking a waitlist for individual hikes and will attempt to add hikers as spots are available. Please direct any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE: In order to follow state regulations concerning the coronavirus, the Swannanoa Valley Museum has created new guidelines for its 2021 hikes. These guidelines and the 2021 hike schedule, will continue to evolve as the COVID situation changes. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
New hike guidelines:
- Sign-ins will be conducted outdoors, at the public parking lot behind the Black Mountain United Methodist Church (101 Church Street, Black Mountain, 28711).
- There will be no carpooling, no pickup truck / driver shuttles, and a new limited hike size. All the series hikes have been redesigned to be either be out/back or loop hikes and the museum discourages any carpooling to the trailheads, unless with family members or trusted friends.
- No one exhibiting symptoms will be allowed on the hikes.
- Hikes are limited to 25 hikers (20 hikers plus leaders).
- SVM will not shuttle drivers in cars or pickup trucks as in the past.
- Hikers will be required to bring a mask. Masks should be worn at the sign-in / registration table and at any time hikers are in a close group, such as at trailheads, history talks, or rest breaks.
- Social distancing requested on the trails.
- Series hikers have the opportunity to make up these hikes at any time in the future. If hikers do not feel comfortable taking part in hikes in 2021, this is more than understandable.