60+ Basecamp Backpacking Trip: July 11-13, 2023

Enjoy this scenic, leisurely overnight hiking trip designed for hikers age 60 and older. This trip takes place in Pisgah National Forest and boasts creekside walking, cascading waterfalls, and several 6,000ft mountain summits with gorgeous views. This itinerary builds in plenty of downtime for socializing at camp and learning backpacking skills.

This trip meets at 9am on Tuesday July 11th at our retail location: 70 College St in downtown Asheville, NC. Your guide will hand out your gear and food, go over necessary packing items, and discuss safety, weather, and logistics for the trip. They'll walk you through how to properly pack your pack, and may look in detail at the items you've packed to make sure you're not carrying too many extra items. Once you're packed, you'll head to the trailhead at Flat Laurel Creek, about an hour drive, and start your hike. Your trip is a loop near Sam's Knob, covering 18 miles in 3 days with only 2,500ft elevation gain and loss throughout the trip. Each day of hiking is 5-8 miles. The first day, you'll hike along Flat Laurel Creek to your campsite. Once camp is set up, hike to Sam's Knob and return to camp. The second day, hike a loop up Tennent Mountain and Black Balsam Knob, then return to camp. The last day of the trip, leave the campsite and hike to Devils Courthouse, then follow the MST to the trailhead where you'll finish your hike. This is a basecamp backpacking trip, meaning hikers will carry their fully packed backpacks to the campsite on the first day, then will do most other hiking during the trip with only each day's necessities (food, water, and layers). Hike generally finishes around lunchtime the last day. 

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