AT Experience | Winding Stair Gap to NOC NC
This is a 3 day/2 night backpacking adventure on the trail. We will start at Winding Stair Gap and make our way to the Nantahala Outdoor Center. We will hike a total of 27.3 miles. The trail rating for this section is intermediate/difficult. Elevation: 5,336 high/1,722 low. If you have a fear of heights, you will concur them on this adventure with our help. We will have the opportunity to climb a fire tower with magnificent views. Due to the difficulty of this section, you will carry only the necessities.
When we pull into the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) on the last day, we will enjoy lunch at the restaurant and a dip in the river to cool off. A perfect way to end your adventure before you head home.
Typical weather temperatures on the mountain during this time should be comfortable. High temperatures range from 70’s to 80’s and lows range from 50’s to 60’s. Perfect hiking weather! Plus we will end at the Nantahala Outdoor Center where we can cool off in the river
You must be able to carry your own gear (15 - 20 pounds)
You must be able to hike longer distances in higher elevations
You must have your own backpack and gear to include trekking poles
You must be able to hike on a trail that is rated intermediate/difficult
Day 1: We will meet at the NOC. The shuttle will take us to Winding Stair Gap where we will begin our trek. You will be guided 11 miles to Wayah Shelter where we will make camp for the night. We will stop to enjoy the views at the Wayah Observation Tower before we reach the shelter.
Day 2: We will make our way to Wesser Bald Shelter and trek 10.6 miles for the day. If the weather is clear we will enjoy amazing views at the Wesser Bald Tower
Day 3: We will make our way along the 5.7 miles towards the NOC where we will end with lunch at the restaurant and a dip in the river to cool off.
WHAT YOU GET:
Experienced guide (Wilderness First Responder)
Guidance on hiking, setting up camp, water purification, food storage and safety
Guide will carry bear spray, first aid kit, survival kit, JetBoil, water purification system, and fire starter kit
Packing List will be provided