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Swannanoa Valley Rim Hike #5: Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge
May 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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. Plan on an all-day hike and bring rain gear, sturdy shoes, plenty of water, a hearty lunch, and hiking sticks.
Difficulty Rating: Difficult/Strenuous, 8 miles
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.
Note: This event has been split into two different hike times- Saturday, May 15 @ 8:00AM – 5:00PM & Sunday, May 16 @ 8:00AM – 5:00PM in order to keep hike group numbers low and to better adhere to evolving county and state coronavirus protocols.
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 parking lot of the Black Mountain Savings Bank.
- 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.