Snowbird Creek WSA Sierra Club Backpack (July 11-12, 2015)
On the weekend of July 11-12, 2015, I led a Sierra Club backpack into the Snowbird Creek Wilderness Study area in North Carolina, near Robbinsville. It's a huge protected (for now, it's only a study area and Congress has to designate it wilderness) watershed with several significant waterfalls including Middle Falls and Big Falls that we saw. The valley rivals the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness although the trails are not nearly as good. We hiked around 12 miles from 5,086 feet on the Cherohala Skyway, to the headwaters of Big Snowbird Creek, and then along the creek to The Junction Trailhead at 2,816 feet. We faced some adversity, lots of afternoon rain, high water for the numerous creek crossings, and badly maintained trails, but most everyone did very well and had an enjoyable weekend. Trip participants included myself, Jackie Little, Chuck Gibbs, Peggy Rescheske, Terri Cox (and dog Lucy), Susan Akins, Jessica Williams, Barbara Allen, Joan Tomlinson, and Dawn Eipeldauer.
Jul 11, 2015