This hike is highly recommended, so please plan to participate. This hike will be harder than the last, and should take us about 4 hours to complete. Time (and legs) permitting, the 1.3 mile loop out to Hanging Rock can be tacked on at the end.
Hanging Rock State Park
Moore’s Wall Loop
Distance: 4.3 miles
Sunday March 23rd
Meet at 7:15 am at the American Legion Post.
Leave for Hanging Rock State Park at 7:30 am.
Arrive at Hanging Rock around 9:30 am. Park at the swimming area, the trailhead is off of the snack bar. See inset of park map: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/haro/pics/parkmap.pdf
From the swimming area, the trail heads west, crosses Cascade Creek, then begins its long climb up 2,572-foot Moores Wall.
Map (we’ll be following the loop in a clockwise direction):
You must bring a printout of the trail with you and a compass for navigation.
A GPS IS NO SUBSTITUTE (A good compass)
We will stop around the halfway point to have lunch, then head out to complete the hike. We’ll be wearing our backpacks on this hike, and you should try to carry 20-30 pounds of stuff in it.
I suggest plenty of water (a bladder is a good choice) and a few healthy hiking snacks. Hiking poles highly recommended. Ideally everyone is wearing the boots they plan to wear on the trek to start getting used them if they haven’t already. The goal being to get out as a group to spend time together, build some confidence by putting in miles while not overdoing it on our first outing.