Ascension Trekkers: Reveling in Fall

The Ascension Trekkers will take on two strenuous hikes in November in addition to the usual “easy Monday” outings.  The first hike will be on Wednesday, November 7 in the Greenbrier area of the Smokies to Ramsey Cascades which is an 8 mile round trip.  For seasoned strong hikers, this is considered moderate through beautiful old forest and involves some boulder climbing as one nears the Cascades.  For others, it is a slow difficult climb after the first two miles although it still is beautiful and well worth the effort to experience one of the most beautiful falls in the park.  The pace for this hike will be slow and will be an all day excursion.  The next hike will be on Saturday, November 17 on Road Prong Trail, a shuttle hike from Clingmans Dome downhill to the Chimney’s trailhead for a moderate 3.3 miles (rocky and eroded in some areas) which offers two waterfalls/cascades.  Another option for this trail is to go up/down from Chimney’s trailhead for about 2 miles only to see the Road Prong Cascade.  Both of these hikes will start from the church at 9:00 am. The third outing will be on the Alcoa-Maryville Greenway on Monday afternoon at 1:00 pm, November 19 for an easy 3-5 miles on a paved trail which is shared by cyclists and dog walkers.  Contact Emily Vreeland at emilyvree@aol.com for questions and to RSVP for each of these at least two days before the date so transportation can be determined.