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Upcoming Hikes (click for details):

Sunday Oct. 11, 8:30 AM - Gauging Station – Pink Beds loop - 9 mi.

Sunday Half-Day Oct. 11, 10:00 AM - Max Patch Loop - 6 mi.

Wednesday Oct. 14, 8:30 AM - Slate Rock Creek - Pilot Cove - 6 mi.

Hike, Save Trails, Make Friends!

We are sad to learn that long-time CMC member and trail volunteer Howard McDonald died recently. Howard has contributed the most volunteer hours ever recorded by CMC building and maintaining trails in Western North Carolina. A memorial service for Howard will be held 2pm October 10th at Shelter #2 in Lake Julian Park in S. Asheville. Donations in his memory for trail construction and maintenance can be sent to the CMC at PO Box 68 Asheville, NC 28802.

The CMC Annual Meeting and Dinner is scheduled for Friday October 30th. Social hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 and Annual Meeting at 7:30. This year the event is at a new venue--The Sherrill Center at UNCA. Log in to register on-line or click on Annual Dinner 2015 to download the registration form. 

Click on the the link to learn all about the new Youth Partner Challenge

Have you been looking for a copy of "Trail Profiles and Maps: From the Great Smokies to Mount Mitchell and Beyond" about the CMC's section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail? If so here's where to find it: MST Book



Howard McDonald's MST bridge

Howard McDonald's MST bridge

Howard McDonald's MST bridge complete. Howard passed away 9/19/15. He'll be sorely missed.

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    Howard McDonald's MST bridge

    Howard McDonald's MST bridge complete. Howard passed away 9/19/15. He'll be sorely missed.

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    CMC emblem

    90 Years Young

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    Howard McDonald, Master Trail Builder 2015

    Howard's Rock plaque now on Firescald Bald. Howard passed away 9/19/15. He'll be sorely missed.

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    Gray's Lilies

    6' tall lilies on side trail to Grassy Ridge (Roan Mtn area)

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    Starflower in bloom

    Small, but beautiful

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    Crossing near Sam's Knob

    A place to pause between Sam's Knob and Devil's Courthouse

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    Mountain identifier on Devil's Courthouse

    Helps us see what we see!

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    On Cantrell Lodge hike

    Another crossing of S Mills River, close to the lodge

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    Trail Profiles and Maps

    CMC's section of the MST

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    Joe Pye Weed

    Super tall!

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Join Us!

We love to hike and work on our beloved trails, and we want you to join us. You can check us out through several hikes with us, or you can join first by clicking on the Join button on our home page. Please contact the hike leader ahead of time if you’re not a member.

Please browse our web site to see other activities you might like. We’re a non-profit with no paid staff, so we depend on volunteers to keep our club going. We would welcome your help!


We love to hike in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Depending on weather, we offer three to five hikes most weeks -- from easy rambles on mostly flat trails to challenging, all-day hikes over steep terrain. Each hike is rated by difficulty, length, and  altitude gain, from C (easier) to AA+ (strenuous). Check with the leader if you’re not  sure of your  ability or, if you’re not yet a member, to join a hike. Our hikes offer something for everyone--exercise, natural beauty, companionship, mountain history and culture, and adventure. Pull on those boots, shoulder the backpack, and join us on the trail!


Carolina Mountain Club members do more than hike and work on trails –we keep an eye on public lands and voice opinions on stewardship. The Conservation Committee spearheads this effort, letting members know of issues such as clear-cutting, invasive species, and erosion. If you believe, as we do, that public lands require an informed public, contact one of our Conservation Committee members about working with us.

Trail Work


AT CMC, trail building and maintenance are second only to hiking. If you want to work up a real sweat, bulk up your muscles, and  feel good about the trails you hike on, trail work is for you! CMC trail maintainers work weekly, bi weekly and quarterly.  If you can't go out with a group, contact a Trail Work member about working solo on sections of the Mountains- to- Sea or Appalachian Trail.


The Education Committee plans workshops and events on a variety of topics related to hiking. For example, we have offered courses on Orienteering and Wilderness First Aid.  Committee members also partner with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to offer opportunities for family hiking.  CMC would like to hear your suggestions for classes, or you can sign up for an upcoming course. Classes will be listed in Let’s Go or “eNews.”


Carolina Mountain Club offers four official programs that challenge hikers to reach a collection of outdoor destinations:

1.    South Beyond 6000 (SB6K) - hiking 40 selected southeastern 6,000 foot peaks

2.    Lookout Tower Challenge (LTC) - hiking to 24 fire towers in WNC

3.    Pisgah 400 (P400) - hiking all 400 miles of trails in the Pisgah Ranger District

4.    Waterfall & Cascade 100 (WC100) - hiking to 100 of WNC's most spectacular waterfalls.

5.    AT -- MST Challenge - hiking the 92 miles of the AT and the 135 miles of the MST that the CMC maintains.

Choose a challenge and start earning your patch!