The hike will be at the Pilot Cove-Slate Rock Trail in the North Mills River recreation area.
WNCA ecologist Bob Gale will take us to Slate Rock, a rock face with a beautiful vista. Bring a lunch and enjoy a sunny day sitting on the outcrop as a never-ending stream of migrating monarch butterflies (hopefully!) surfs the wind currents around the rock within arms length.
It’s a delightful experience! Bob will interpret the flora and fauna along the way, and discuss the monarch’s incredible migrating life cycle story.This is a 3-3/4 mile round trip loop, which begins along a creek, goes through old growth forest and offers distance views. We’ll also visit beaver-altered habitat.
Hiking (and resting time): about four hours. The hike will involve an initial climb, somewhat steep, but not very long, and a couple of other short uphill climbs along a ridge before descending the second half of the trip. We hope you can join us for this exciting event!