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    Short Hike: Black Mountain, NC

    Hey guys,

    This is a belated report, but back in July, I was at a conference and had a three-hour break, so of course my first thought was "Go for a hike!".

    I checked the map, and there was one five-miler, "High Windy", that seemed to be calling my name. So, I grabbed my knife and a bottle of water, and started going.

    I should mention that this is one of my first solo hikes. Most of the time, I'm hiking or backpacking in a group, and I'm always the one who outpaces everyone a little bit and has to concentrate on slowing my pace. I was excited to have the chance to challenge myself and see what my true pace was.

    This trail was a steep uphill trail, but fairly open and easy to follow, with 1400 feet of elevation in about 2.5 miles (and then back down). The ridge that I was hiking up to was actually the Eastern Continental Divide. To my surprise, I made it up in about an hour, and took a quick break looking out over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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    It was an even bigger surprise when I got down in less than half an hour. So, I figured that my true pace in rough terrain is close to 3 miles per hour if I throw some ups in with the downs.

    It was an enjoyable hike with some great views, and it really gave me a chance to test my own limits.

    Happy Trails,

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    Glad you got out there!
    Good thing it was back in July. They are having bear problems & closing some of the trails & camp grounds now.
    It was mentioned on another thread here.

    That's quite a pace for those hills Glad I''m not hiking w/ you
    What trail? were did you start & turn around?
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    It was at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. They're "High Windy" trail. It's just one of those that you walk up to the trailhead about .3mi from the hotel. Very convenient.
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    I'm not familiar w/ that one. Mostly those that connect w/ the State park. But it's always good to find a new trail to hike.
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    The YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly is set up a lot like a boy scout camp. It's on a large plot of land with a bunch of trails and climbing walls (there's even a challenge course).
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    I looked it up & see where you were now. I was thinking about the Mt Mitchel area, a little further north in the Black Mountain Range.
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