Beginning Hiking in Western North Carolina, Level 1

Course Dates: 
5 weeks January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 6, 2018
Tuesdays 2-5:30 p.m.
Rebecca Banner
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Winter

Location:  Off campus
Maximum: 16

We will start this hiking course for beginners with an easy trek over three miles and gradually increase the length and elevation over the four weeks. Hikes will commence within a 30- or 40-minute drive from OLLI. The trails planned are Warren Wilson River Trail West (3.4 miles, flat); Bent Creek loop (3.3 miles, little elevation gain); Craven Gap on the Mountain to Sea Trail (4 miles, 400 foot ascent); and Rattlesnake Lodge (4.4 miles, 830 foot ascent). Prerequisite: You must be able to walk three miles on uneven terrain before classes begin.

Rebecca Banner ( worked in education for 27 years prior to retiring in 2007. Rebecca is a member of the Carolina Mountain Club and several other hiking groups.