Under this tab is a page for each group, which contains the group’s schedule (or how to obtain the schedule), leader contact information, information about how and where the group assembles and any need to notify a leader in advance if you plan to do a hike plus other information.
For each level, the list below provides guidance as to what your hiking experience should be to hike with a group. This experience should be recent and mountain hiking. Relying on what was done a year or years ago or on a flat path is dangerous. When stating the time it takes you to do a hike, it is start to finish, including all rest and lunch stops. The “climb” part of these descriptions is critical; hiking on flat terrain is no measure of the difficulty of a hike with climb. Please start conservatively and work up; it is no fun to be unable to keep up with a hike.
Here is the list of our hiking groups in approximate ascending order of difficulty, with links to each group’s page.
Friday Easy Hikers: The Friday Easy Hikers hike at a nice, easy, leisurely pace and with frequent stops so that we don’t wear anybody out. These hikes are about 3 miles in length and have no more than 300’ of climb and are usually over in less than 3 hours. To go on one of these hikes, you should be able to hike 3 miles with 300 feet of climb.
Monday Pisgah Hikers: We move along at a moderate pace with a moderate amount of climb. These hikes are usually less than 5 miles in length and rate at about R6 on the Pisgah Hikers scale of R1 (easiest) to R10 (most difficult). Do not choose this group for your initial hike with us unless you have recently hiked 4 miles with 600 feet of climb.
Monday Milers: A companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the Monday Pisgah Hikers. The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph. Hiking distances range from 4 – 8 miles with moderate elevation changes.
Wednesday Striders: These hikes are at a faster pace with less frequent stops than the Monday Pisgah Hiker hikes. Hikes range from 5 to 7 miles in length. The pace of this group is 2 miles per hour including all stops. Do not choose this group for your initial hike with us unless you have recently hiked 5 miles with 1000 feet of climb. (This is not the most difficult hiking this group does, but it is a minimum actual, recent experience for joining this group.)
Friday Hoofers: These hikes are the longest, have more climb, and are the most strenuous of the five groups. They can be 10 miles in length (or more) and typically have over 2000′ climb (and can have as much as 3500’ climb). The pace is faster than the other groups, with minimal pauses. Consult with one of the hike leaders before hiking with this group. Do not choose this group for your initial hike with us unless you have recently hiked 8 miles with 2000 feet of climb in 4 hours. Check the schedule; the hike may be far more difficult than 8 miles with 2000 feet of climb. If you are not certain of your present fitness level, do not start with one of these hikes. When there is an update for a Friday Hoofer hike, it is posted on the Updates page.