Stone Mountain Meander March 1

Stone Mountain State Park Saturday

 

Let's go to Stone Mountain for an 11.5 mile loop with 3 stream crossings. We’ll start at the lower parking lot; hike up to Wolf Rock then down through the woods and across the river meandering around the woods until lunch. Then on to view the 3 waterfalls; back up the trail across Cedar Rock, to Wolf Rock trail back to the parking lot. Meet at Shoney's (I-40/NC68) at 7:30 a.m. and Jonestown Road McDonalds at 8 a.m. We'll stop at Foothills Grocery on the way up. No need to call but do if you have questions.

[11.5 miles +/-1500 feet R22]

 

 

Laurel Bluff & Reedy Fork Trail March 2

Greensboro Watershed Trails Sunday

 

This hike is 7 1/2 miles around part of Lake Townsend. Go north on Lake Brandt Rd. (Lawndale Drive turns into Lake Brandt Rd.) Go past the marina entrance on your left, then past the pumping station on your right, cross over the bridge at the dam, and park in the gravel lot on your left. Meet at 1 p.m. Please call or e-mail me if you are planning to hike. [7.5 miles R8]

 

Pho Hien Vuong Vietnamese Restaurant March 4

4109-A Spring Garden St. Tuesday

 

Let's chase away those last chilly days with a fun dinner at one of the best Vietnamese establishments in town. They have some of the best soups around and a wide array of tasty and reasonably priced entrees. Please contact me by the end of the day on Monday, March 3 to reserve your seat.

 

Wednesday Night Walk March 5

Friendly Shopping Center Wednesday

 

The Wednesday walkers will meet at Friendly Shopping Center in the parking lot near Tex & Shirley's at 6:30 p.m. We'll be walking through the Bog Garden and Bicentennial Garden. Rain or shine. The group will go to dinner after the walk.

 

Umstead Traverse March 8

Umstead State Park Saturday

 

This 11/12 mile loop hike in the Raleigh-Durham area takes us from the Highway 70 side of this 5,500-acre park to the I-40/Reedy Creek side and back. It offers many 'wilderness' attributes such as creeks and wooded hillsides, yet is just over an hour from Greensboro. Along the way you'll see evidence of earlier times, i.e. stone walls and foundations and an old mill site. The terrain is rolling except for a few elevated sections. Following the hike, we'll plan to make a 'brew' stop at Montana Joe's. Call or email for meeting place and time.

[11-12 miles R25-28]

 

Chapel Hill Adventure March 9

Chapel Hill Sunday

 

Let's meet at 10 a.m. (come hungry) in front of Harper's Restaurant in Friendly Shopping Center in Greensboro for a Chapel Hill adventure. We will (1) drive to Chapel Hill on the "football highway", a designated Scenic Byway, (2) stop en route for an early country buffet lunch, (3) do a 2 mile walk on the Botanical Gardens trail in Chapel Hill, (4) walk through/shop for plants at the Botanical Gardens, (5) go to Southern Seasons, the premier gourmet shop on the East Coast, and gawk/shop, (6) walk through the arboretum and historic north campus of the University of North Carolina, the nation's first state university, with a short hello to Silent Sam and the Old Well, and (7) return to Greensboro before 5 p.m. This should be a fun day!

 

March Meeting March 10

Piedmont Environmental Center Monday

 

Meet for refreshments and fellowship at 7 p.m. at the Piedmont Environmental Center. The business portion and program will start at 7:30 p.m. A map to the PEC is shown on page 8.

 

Don Ip will talk about and show pictures of the club Hawaii trip last summer. Last year he showed a few of his pictures of the island of Kauai. The pictures in this meeting will be of Maui and Oahu. Don plans to also show some pictures of the club cruise to the Bahamas. Come to find out what you missed in Hawaii and if you went on the cruise, be prepared with explanations of your behavior.

 

Wednesday Night Walk March 12

See March 5th

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival March 12

High Point Theater Wednesday

 

Let's get together for an exciting extreme outdoor adventure film festival at the High Point Theater. This film festival brings an excellent selection of films to more than 20 countries each year. We will meet in the lobby of the High Point Theater 220 East Commerce Avenue, High Point at 6:45 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, High Point Theater or the Piedmont Environmental Center. Call by Monday March 10 if you plan on attending.

 

Lucky 32 March 13

Westover Terrace, Greensboro Thursday

 

Join me for a trip to one of our favorites, Lucky 32, on Westover terrace in Greensboro. It shouldn't be hard to find something you like, as they have a large variety of menu choices as well as seasonal changes. Don't miss out on one of Greensboro's more well established restaurants. Meet at 7 p.m. Reserve your spot by Tuesday March 11, please.

 

Primitive Trail / Brinegar Hike March 15

Doughton Park Saturday

 

Meet at Shoney's (I-40/NC68) at 7:30 a.m. to go on this hike in Doughton Park. 2.8 miles of this hike is a steep 2,300 foot elevation gain; the rest is level or downhill. Some challenging walking and nice views. We'll stop en route for a bite at Foothills Grocery in State Road. No need to call but feel free if questions.

[12.4 miles +/-2400 feet R39]

 

Bike Ride+ March 16

Salem Creek Trail, Salem Lake Trail Sunday

Pre-Biking Lunch - Old Salem Tavern

 

Join us for a pleasant afternoon meal followed by some exercise to burn off those calories! We will eat lunch at the Old Salem Tavern at 1 p.m. Following lunch we will bike the Salem Creek Trail 3 1/2 miles to Salem Lake. We will continue on the 7 mile loop around the lake, then do the 3 1/2 mile return trip via the Salem Creek Trail again. You can choose a leisurely pace or step up the speed, whichever you prefer. Bring a bike, rain gear, and water. Please contact me by Wednesday to let me know if you plan to join us for lunch so I can make the reservation. Also contact me if you have any questions about the trip. Meet us at Shoney's (I-40/NC68) at 12:15 p.m. or at the Old Salem Tavern at 1 p.m. 14 miles, rolling hills

 

Pilot Mountain March 16

Pilot Mountain State Park Sunday

 

Join me for a 10 mile hike at Pilot Mountain, a great Sunday afternoon workout. We will start at the Ranger Station at the entrance and follow the Grassy Ridge trail to Pinnacle Hotel Road. Here we pick up Mountain Trail, which leads us to the base of the mountain to Ledge Spring Trail. Ledge Spring is somewhat strenuous, but is doable even for Wednesday night and Sunday walkers. From Ledge Springs we will continue on to the Jomeokee Trail around the knob. We finish the hike, after a brief stop at the top of the mountain, down the Grindstone Trail, back to the Ranger Station where we started. Meet at Shoney’s (I-40/NC68) at 10 a.m. or at the Ranger Station/parking lot at 10:45 a.m. Call if you have questions.

[10 miles +/-1570 feet R28]

 

Sunday FUNday March 16

 

Join us for an afternoon of fun and adventure. We will start the day with a game of Laser Tag. After Laser Tag, we will head over for some FUN indoor go kart racing. If you have not tried these yet, you are in for an exciting adventure. All the fun takes place in Greensboro. Afterwards, we can dine at Elizabeth's Pizza in the Quaker Shopping Center. Meet at the Harris Teeter corner of Market Street and Muirs Chapel/Spring Garden at 3:30 p.m. Please call to RSVP by Thursday March 13, if you plan on attending.

 

Wednesday Night Walk March 19

See March 5th

 

Linville Gorge Scramble March 22

Linville Gorge Saturday

 

Today’s hike into Linville Gorge is for experienced and strong hikers only. After an early start, we will descend into the Gorge by way of the Conley Cove Trail. After reaching the river we will hike along the Linville Gorge Trail approximately 5 miles to the Pinch In Trail to begin our climb out of the gorge. Though not quite as long as the Primitive Trail at Doughton Park, I would rate this trail twice as difficult due to the rough terrain. Total distance is estimated at eight miles but I guarantee it will seem like sixteen. This will be an all day hike. A headlamp as well as plenty of water and provisions should be in your pack. Call for meeting place and time.

[8+ miles +/- 2500 feet R48+]

 

Hamilton Lakes March 23

Greensboro Easter Sunday

 

Let's celebrate Easter with a leisurely stroll through Hamilton Lakes Park. It's an easy and fairly level 3 miles from my house around the south side of the lake, down the south trail to Lake Euphemia where we'll stop for a snack, then back on the paved trail which parallels Starmount Dr, around the north shore, and back home. The dogwoods and azaleas should be in full bloom then, and we'll hope for great weather. Call for meeting place. There's always the possibility of ordering a pizza afterwards. Well behaved canines are welcome.

[R- Easy]

 

Doughton Park Loop March 29

Doughton Park Saturday

 

We'll do the approximately 17 mile loop in Doughton Park (if someone with GPS comes along, perhaps we can settle the distance debate). Please bring plenty of water and lunch. Please call or email for meeting time and place, or if you have any questions.

[17 miles +/-2800 feet R47]

 

Wednesday Night Walk March 26

See March 5th

 

 

Greensboro Watershed Trails March 30

Sunday

 

Let's enjoy the first stirrings of spring with a 9-mile walk around Greensboro’s beautiful watershed lakes. We will do a loop that includes three trails: Peninsula (and its beautiful grove of magnolias), Osprey, and West House (named for the city-owned early 19th Century brick house that sits on a trail offshoot). Bring a snack and, weather permitting, we will linger a while on the grassy knoll in front of the house before returning to base across the bridge. We will meet at 1 p.m. at the Church Street parking lot. Travel North on Church Street from Greensboro, cross the lake once, and just before you cross it again you will see the small parking area on your left; that’s our meeting point. No need to call unless you have a question.

[9 miles +/- 150 feet R10]

 

 

WEDNESDAY WALK LOCATION CHANGE

Wednesday Night Walk April 2

PEC High Point

 

For some mid-week exercise, meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot at the Piedmont Environmental Center. After a brisk walk, the group will go to dinner.

 

Dragon's Tooth April 5

Virginia AT Saturday

 

This is a strenuous hike that takes us along the AT up to Dragon's Tooth. There are great views of the Roanoke Valley and surrounding mountains. Let’s hope for a warm sunny day. Call or email for meeting time and place.

[10.4 miles +2200 feet, - 2400 feet R32]

 

Cedar Rock Park April 6

Alamance County Sunday

 

Cedar Rock has been described as Alamance County's hidden jewel with its open spaces (with bluebird houses...and sometimes bluebirds about) and its lovely wooded paths and streams. We'll walk approx five miles on mostly level terrain. Meet on the Belk's side of Four Seasons Mall (east) off High Point Road in front of the old movie theatre/NASCAR restaurant at 1 p.m. Please let me know if you are planning to join us. We can also meet any Alamance County members at a location TBA. Not rated.

 

Wednesday Night Walk April 9

See April 2nd—location change from March

 

Backpacking and Gold Panning April 11–13

Uwharrie National Forest Fri-Sun

 

“I have found gold on every trip” Yes, our expert gold panning December meeting speaker stated that he has never failed to find gold in the Uwharrie streams and we want some of it! Remember, NC was the first gold rush. Backpack with us a short distance and camp Friday night, continue on and pan for gold Saturday, glow with the gold around the campfire Saturday night and hike out Sunday afternoon. The total length is an easy 9.5 miles point-to-point thru the lovely Uwharries. Free gold pans for the 1st 5 who sign up. Contact Joel for more trip details.

 

Rock Castle Gorge April 12

Blue Ridge Parkway, VA Saturday

 

Rock Castle Gorge is one of my favorite hikes because of the variety of habitats and beautiful views all along the 11-mile loop. After the first couple of miles, which include a strong uphill pull, we'll hike gently across open meadows next to the Blue Ridge Parkway before descending through the gorge lined with gigantic rock boulders. We should see some early spring wildflowers along the way. Meet at Shoney's (I-40/NC68) at 8 a.m. Please call in advance to let Mary Ellen know you'll be coming.

[10.9 miles, +/-2000 feet R31]

 

Mimi's Cafe Brunch April 13

Friendly Center Sunday

 

Please join me for Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. at Mimi's at the Shops at Friendly. If the weather is warm, we may be able to dine on the patio. After brunch, we'll caravan over to the Greensboro Arboretum for a leisurely midday stroll. Hopefully we'll have a beautiful show of spring blooms! Please RSVP via email by Thursday, April 10th. No late RSVPs please.

 

Greensboro Watershed April 13

Greensboro Watershed Trails Sunday

 

Let's meet at the Strawberry Road parking area at 1:30 p.m. and head down the Lake Brandt Greenway, intersect with Piedmont Trail cross the dam on Lake Brandt and hook up the Nat Green Trail back to Lake Brandt Greenway to the Strawberry Road parking lot; total mileage a little less than 8; R8; No need to call but do if you have any questions.

[8 Miles R8]

 

 

April Meeting April 14

Piedmont Environmental Center Monday

 

Meet for refreshments and fellowship at 7 p.m. at the Piedmont Environmental Center. The business portion and program will start at 7:30 p.m. A map to the PEC is shown above.

 

Former park ranger, Tim Pegram, will discuss his experiences thru hiking the Parkway and his resulting new book, The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Park Ranger's Memoir. He will have books available to purchase and sign. Tim is also an active member of the Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail and will bring us up-to-date on the progress and plans of the cross-state trail. It will be most interesting to hear of the plans for our area and Tim will provide suggestions on how our club can help.

 

Wednesday Night Walk April 16

See April 2nd—different location from March

 

Dinner and Dancing April 18

Rearn Thai Friday

 

Let's get together for an evening of dinner and dancing. We will start the evening at 7:30 p.m. with dinner at Rearn Thai. Rearn Thai is located on West Market Street in Greensboro. After dinner, we will head out for dancing in

Greensboro. Dance location to be announced in April. You are welcome to come out for dinner, dancing or both. Please call to RSVP by Wednesday April 16, if you plan on attending.

 

McAfee Knob and Tinkers Cliff April 19

(Short & Long versions) Saturday

 

Today we are offering 2 options for a day hike. Join Anna to make a leisurely 7 mile round trip climb to Tinkers Cliff. From the top of the Catawba Mountain looking down at the picturesque valley floor, the views are not to be missed. Or you can join Donald to do the long hike starting from the opposite end, climbing pass Scorch Earth Gap, and cruising along the ridge line of Tinker Mountain. Hopefully, we will meet up with the short hike group at the top of McAfee Knob. We will all be united for dinner later. Note the long hikers will be leaving from GSO about 3 hours earlier than the short hikers. e-mail or call for time and directions. Only the strong and stupid should attempt the long hike.

[Short hike, 7 miles, R20]

[Long Hike 12 miles R36]

 

Moore's Knob April 20

Hanging Rock State Park Sunday

 

This is a 4 1/2 mile hike to a great 360 degree view at the top. Meet at Shoney's (I-40/NC68) at 12:30 p.m. or at the Hanging Rock Visitor’s Center at 1 p.m. Please call or e-mail me if you are planning to hike.

[4.5 miles R12]

 

Wednesday Night Walk April 23

See April 2nd—different location from March

 

Caudill Cabin April 26

Doughton Park Saturday

 

This is a glorious time of year and perhaps the first opportunity of the season to indulge in the delicious pleasure of dipping our toes in Basin Creek that meanders through the lower part of Doughton Park (and we’ll get plenty of opportunities to do so since we cross it 32 times along the way; up to the cabin and back down). This is a great hike for relatively new hikers, as well as a favorite for old-timers: moderate length, moderate elevation, and just a tad of a challenge in crossing the stream. Bring your poles or any good old sturdy walking stick to assist you if the stream is swollen by early spring rains (don’t you wish!). For those who are game, we will stop in Elkin on the way back for a snack or an early meal. We will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Shoney’s (I-40/NC68). Please call Nicole to let her know you are coming.

[10 miles +/- 1425 ft R22]

 

Spring Fling April 27

Burr-Mill Park Sunday

 

Join us for our annual celebration of spring! The club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs, plastic ware, plates, cups and soft drinks. Bring your favorite side dish, appetizer or dessert to share with a serving utensil. Feel free to bring your camp chair and adult beverage. Enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, volleyball or just plain visiting. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. at Bur Mill Park, off Owl’s Roost Road. We'll meet at shelter #7 by the nature center. We start grilling around 2 p.m. and need a couple cooks! Please RSVP to Anne by Wednesday the 23rd, so we can order food. Current 2008 members are free. Non-members and guests are welcome for a fee of $5.

 

Wednesday Night Walk April 30

See April 2nd—different location from March