Triangle Mountain Climber, First Saturdays, (12:30pm, winter months), Occoneechee Mountain, Hillsborough, Meeting Location: Gold Park Pavilion. With a summit at 867 ft above sea level making Occoneechee Mountain the highest point between Hillsborough and the coast, this little-known state park presents several trails that might possibly provide the closest simulation to mountain climbing you can get without leaving the Triangle. We'll do a combination of trails to get an altitude gain of 1,000 feet in 5 miles (no climbing involved). Total distance for the event will be about 6.5 miles (7.5 miles if you're hiking to the brunch location). We'll try to maintain an average pace of 3.0 mph with one brief stop at the overlook so we can enjoy a view of treetops as far as the eye can see. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a water bottle are recommended. Sorry, no dogs on this hike. Temps below freezing, rain or extremely slippery conditions at the start cancel the event.
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