Partners of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness, Inc.
2015 Hike & Event Schedule
Hike leaders: Joe Bonnette (479-3855 or email@example.com), Rick Davis (479-6177), Dick Evans(479-2503), Frank Findley (479-6487), Jim Kriner or Kim Hainge (479-1255), and Marshall McClung (479-8630).
JANUARY 5 (Mon): Full Moon & Hot Chocolate Party #1. Stecoah Gap @ 5:30 pm. Moon rise at 6:30 pm. Bring chairs, snacks, marshmallows, warm clothes, etc. Hot drinks and fire provided. Contact Dick Evans.
JANUARY 9 (Fri): Cheoah Trail Chill Walk. 2.25 mile easy hike at Cheoah RD office. Meet at parking area across from Massey Branch boat ramp at 1:00 pm. Contact Joe Bonnette.
*JANUARY 24 (Sat): Winter Walk in Joyce Kilmer on Memorial Loop Trail. 2 miles easy to moderate difficulty. Learn tips to identifying dormant trees by bark patterns. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station parking lot @ 1:00 pm. to car pool to JK. Contact Joe Bonnette.
FEBRUARY 3 (Tue): Full Moon & Hot Chocolate Party #2. Stecoah Gap at 5:30, moon rise at 6:00. Bring chairs, snacks, warm clothes. Hot Drinks and fire provided. Contact Dick Evans.
FEBRUARY 6 (Fri): Santeetlah Trail - Long Hungry Hike. 3.5 mile easy hike from gate near Carver Cemetery and back along shores of Santeetlah Lake. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 1 pm.
Contact Joe Bonnette.
FEBRUARY 16 (Mon): Washington's BD Hike. 2 mile easy hike on Benton-MacKaye Trail from Old Field Gap to Meadow Branch. Meet at Old Field Gap at 1 pm. Contact Dick Evans.
MARCH 6 (Fri): Burgin Creek Falls. 2+ miles moderately difficult hike from Atoah area to falls and back. Meet at Cheoah RD office parking lot at 1 pm to carpool. Contact Marshall McClung.
*MARCH 20 (Fri): First Day of Spring Hike. Slickrock Trailhead to Slickrock Creek and back via Yellowhammer Trail, 5.5 miles moderate to strenuous difficulty...early spring wildflower trip. Meet at
Cheoah Ranger Station on Massey Branch Rd. @ 10 am on. Bring lunch. Contact Dick Evans or Jim Kriner.
APRIL 1 (Wed): Fools Day Hike to a suprise location...we'll leave from somewhere and eventually end up somewhere...All fools meet Curly Joe Bonnette, Marshall Moe McClung, and Larry Hoot Gibbs at the Cheoah Ranger Station at 1 pm. Contact Joe.
*APRIL 3-5: Easter Back Pack Traverse of Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness. 3 day trip through one of the most remote and wild areas in the Southeast. 20 mile strenuous hike involves ridge hiking,
stream crossings, steep trails, indistinct routes, everything an experienced backpacker wants on a hike.
Easter Sunrise from the top on Hangover. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Group size limitation (10), so you must contact hike leader Dick Evans at (828) 479-2503 for required reservations.
APRIL 12-16: Fontana Village Spring Wildflower Hikes. Contact Fontana Village @ 828-498-2211.
APRIL 20-24 Benton MacKaye Trailathon. Camp at Rattler Ford Group Camp and maintain trails on the Cheoah Ranger District. Contact Dick Evans.
*APRIL 22 (Wed) at Joyce Kilmer Loop Trail Spring Wildflower Walk. 2 miles, easy to moderate difficulty, led by Kim & Jim. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station on Massey Branch Rd. @ Noon following Partners of JK bi-monthly meeting. Special spring wildflower walk. Contact Kim Hainge or Jim Kriner.
APRIL 24 (Fri): Partners of Joyce Kilmer Work Day. Work area project to be identified later. Plan to meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 8:30 am to carpool to work site. Lunch will be provided. Bring water and work clothes. Contact Joe
APRIL 26-May 2: Foothills Trail Hike. 77 miles, moderate to strenuous. Several nights camping. Contact Dick Evans.
MAY 1 (Fri): Wright Creek Falls. Visit seldom seen Wright Creek Falls. Moderately difficult 1+ mile round-trip hike. Meet at 9:30 am at Cheoah Ranger Station. Contact Marshall or Joe.
MAY 8-9 (Fri-Sat): Overnight trip thru Big Snowbird Area. Visit Lower Falls, Middle Falls, Upper Falls and Sassafras Falls. 14 mile trip moderately difficult. Come prepared to stay overnight. Bring
fishing gear. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 9 am. Friday. Contact Rick Davis.
MAY 25 Memorial Day Hike & Picnic (Mon): Walk to Big Huckleberry Bald. 2+ miles, easy. Includes accessible walk to overlook and back on Spirit Ridge Trail, 0.5 miles paved, led by Frank Findley. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station on Massey Branch Rd. @ 4 pm. Hot Dog dinner @ Spirit Ridge Picnic Area provided by Partners of JK. Optional nightime star watching from Bald. Call Dick or Joe for meal reservations.
MAY 30 (Fri): 2nd Annual One Day World Famous Joyce Kilmer Yard Art Tour and Sale. "Is it Art, or is it Junk?" At the home of the Findleys on Franks Creek Rd. near Robbinsville. Bring your friends, family and money to join the fun. 1 to 4 pm. Contact Joe Bonnette or Frank Findley.
JUNE 13 (Sat): Whigg Meadows via Benton-MacKaye Trail from Mud Gap. 3.5 miles, moderately difficult, led by Dick Evans & Jim Kriner. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station 10 am. Bring sack lunch. Contact Dick.
JUNE 16 (Tue): Sunset Hike to Old Quarry from Mud Gap. Easy 2 mile round-trip hike. Meet at Mud Gap on Cherohala Skyway at 6 pm. Contact Dick.
JULY 1 (Wed): Full Moon Hike. Easy hike to Huckleberry Bald, Graham County's highest elevation, to view rise of full moon. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 4:30 pm. Bring food & drink. Contact Dick.
JULY 18 (Fri): Bob Stratton Bald from Wolf Laurel. Cool off on mile high mountain bald. 3 miles moderately difficult round-trip hike. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 9 am to carpool. Bring lunch. Contact Dick or Joe.
*AUGUST 14 (Fri): Dog Day JK Memorial Loop Trail. 2 mile moderately difficult walk in the wonderful humidity of the virgin cove hardwood forest. Meet at the Cheoah Ranger Station at 10 am and bring a lunch. Contact Joe.
*AUGUST 29 (Sat): Hangover-Haoe from Wolf Laurel Trailhead. 8+ miles, strenuous difficulty, led by Dick Evans. Meet @ Cheoah Ranger Station @ 9:00 am. on Saturday, 8/29. Bring lunch, snacks, and lots of water. Max. group limit. Call Dick @ 479-2503 for required reservations and chance for overnight camp on Hangover.
SEPTEMBER 7 (Mon): Labor Day Winding Stair Accessible Bike Trail Trek. 2.0 miles, paved trail walk along the Nantahala River. Led by Frank Findley. Meet at Winding Stair trail head just off US129 in Nantahala Gorge at 3 pm. Early dinner at NOC following walk. Contact Frank or Joe
*SEPTEMBER 26 (Sat): Slickrock Creek Hike. Big Fat Gap to Slickrock Trailhead via Slickrock Creek and falls, 8+ miles, partly strenuous down slope walk. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station @ 9:00
am. Bring Lunch and water. Contact Dick or Joe.
OCTOBER 3 (Sat): Historical Belding Trail. 2 to 4 miles total led by Marshall, Hoot and Joe, moderate difficulty, hiking portions of Belding Trail in Deep Creek & Big Fat Gap Road area. Historical sites to be visited. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station @ 10 am. on Saturday, 9/27. Bring sack lunch. Contact Joe or Marshall.
OCTOBER 10 (Sat): Cheoah Bald via end of Nolton Ridge Road & AT, 2.5 miles, moderate to strenuous difficulty. Meet at Bear Creek Junction at 10 am. Bring a lunch. Contact Marshall or Joe
OCTOBER 12 (Mon): Columbus Day Hike on Bartram Trail. 3.5 mile steep downhill hike from end of Ridge Rd. to Nantahala River. Meet at Bartram Trailhead just off US74/19 at 10 am near Nantahala Put-in to shuttle up to Nolton Ridge Road. Bring lunch. Contact Marshall or Joe.
OCTOBER 14 (Wed): Coker Creek Falls Hike. 2 mile moderately difficult hike near Tellico Plains following bi-monthly Partners meeting at Tellico Ranger Station. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at
8:30 am to carpool. Lunch stop in Tellico Plains after meeting. Contact Joe
OCTOBER 18-22: Fontana Village Fall Colors Hike Week. Contact Fontana Village at 498-2211
OCTOBER 21 (Wed): Partners of JK Boat Trip to Proctor/Hike. $25 each. Reservations required. Meet at Fontana Dock at 9:30 am. Contact Dick or Joe.
OCTOBER 27 (Tue): Full Harvest Moon and Hot Chocolate Party #3. Stecoah Gap at 5:30 pm. Bring snacks, chairs, warm clothes. Hot drinks & fire provided. Contact Dick.
NOVEMBER 11 (Wed): Veterans Day Hike to Falls Branch Falls. 2.5 mile strenuous hike to falls and back from overlook on Cherohala Skyway (TN). Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 10 am. Bring
lunch. Contact Joe.
*DECEMBER 9: Cheoah Trail Hike. Easy 2.25 miles following Partner's of JK December meeting and lunch in town. Meet at Cheoah Ranger Station at 1 pm. Contact Joe.
* Asterisk marked hikes are within a Wilderness Area and group size must be under 10 persons per group.
Donations or memberships to Partners of JK are greatly appreciated but not required to join any of the hikes. Memberships are $25. The general public is invited free-of-charge.
Participation by any Partners of JK member on 10 or more of these sponsored hikes will win a free Partners of JK t-shirt.