Triangle Mountain Climber - Montrose Garden Picnic
First Saturdays, 9:30am
Gold Park (Pavilion), Hillsborough, NC
With a summit at 867 ft above sea level making Occoneechee Mountain the highest point between Hillsborough and the coast, this little-known state park presents several trails that might possibly provide the closest simulation to mountain hiking you can get without leaving the Triangle. We'll do a combination of trails to get an altitude gain of 1,000 feet in 5 miles (no climbing involved). Total distance for the event will be about 6 miles.
We'll try to maintain an average pace of 3.0 mph with one brief stop at the overlook so we can enjoy a view of treetops as far as the eye can see. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a water bottle are recommended. Sorry, no dogs. We'll hike in drizzle, mist or chance of rain. Bring a dry set of clothes to leave in your vehicle, just in case. Actual rain at the start or slippery conditions cancel.
For our October event, we will add an extra treat to this monthly hike. Master gardener and writer, Nancy Goodwin opens her garden to the public once a year (free admission). For those who want to enjoy a picnic lunch after our hike, we'll get some food at the Weaver Street Market coop and head over to find a shade tree over in her garden (a 1-mile drive away).
As always, you are encouraged to bring a mystery token that fits in your pocket (object, poem, story, etc.) to share in a show-and-tell format. The token would be something from your travels. To add fun and suspense, we won't reveal our tokens until we are gathered for brunch. Bringing a token is totally optional.
Info about Nancy and Montrose: www.montrosegarden.org
Even more info (NY Times article): https://tinyurl.com/y5tsyaza
To learn more about Brumley Nature Preserve, read a wonderful post by Jerry Oster on the Glass Top Counter, Explore the Brumley Nature.