Friday Hoofers

Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Friday Hoofer hikes are the longest, have more climb, and are consistently the most strenuous of the five groups.   Please consult with one of the hike leaders before hiking with this group.  We normally ask potential Friday Hoofers to first hike with the Wednesday Striders.

Here is a Friday Hoofer Video that describes some of the fun we experience during our hikes.

Time:  Unless noted in the hike description the regular start time is 9:00 am.  Please arrive 10 minutes early for a prompt departure.

Updates:  Updates are posted on the Updates page every Thursday morning before the Friday hike, and sometimes at other times.  Because of the uncertain weather in Western North Carolina an update may be posted the morning of the hike changing or cancelling the hike.  Hikers are encouraged to check for updates before heading to the meeting place.  If you would like to receive updates sent directly to your email, press the “+Follow” button at the lower right hand corner of any web page and provide your email address.

Note: Do NOT reply to the Update emails. Only use the RSVP link to reply.

Assembly:  Three different Assembly Area locations are generally used depending upon the location of the hike.  The schedule specifies a starting location for each hike, which differs from hike to hike.  The three starting locations are the Walmart parking lot in Pisgah Forest, Catheys Creek Road at US64 and the Cedar Mountain Community Center parking lot.  Details for each location are given in the Assembly Areas tab. Note: the assembly area may be different from these three areas so always check the Update for the hike.

Photos: Pictures taken during some of the hikes can be found here.

Friday Hoofer Hike Leaders :
David Yeager–
Vic Zona–

Friday Hoofers Hiking Options for December 23rd and 30th.

There are no official Hoofer hikes scheduled for the last two Fridays of this month (23rd and 30th). However, Sharon Bode has offered to lead a hike on those days for interested Friday Hoofers. You can contact her at for hiking and meet up information. Happy Holidays


January 6 Hilliard Falls
10 mi, 2867’cl, R10+
Meet at Catheys Creek

This hike is a variation of a previous hoofer hike. Beginning at the Bad Creek access we will follow the Foothills Trail to Hilliard Falls as an out-and-back.

January 13 Ashmore Preserve to Hwy 276
8.7 mi, 2249’cl, R10
Meet at Cedar Mt. Community Center

From the Ashmore Preserve parking area we will hike up to High Rock Overlook, then to the Mountain Bridge Passage Trail, to Pinnacle Pass Trail, and to our shuttle car at Hwy 276.

January 20 Case Camp/Seniard Ridge (P400)
10mi, 2600’cl, R10+
Meet at Pisgah Ranger Station

From the Case Camp trailhead on 475B we hike up to the BRP and bushwhack up to the MTS trail. We continue on the MTS trail to the Pisgah Ridge trail, cross the BRP and hike to Graveyard Fields. We walk the BRP to the Seniard Ridge trail and hike back to our cars.

January 27 Palmetto Trail
13.8 mi, 2434’cl, R10+
Meet at Cedar Mt. Community Center

This is a new hike for the Hoofers. Do not let the distance put you off—it is a very enjoyable hike. Beginning at the campground at Table Rock we will hike the Palmetto Trail to our shuttle on Hwy 178.

February 3 Jones Gap—El Lieutenant
8 mi, 1600’cl, R10
Meet at Cedar Mt. Community Center

From the Raven Cliff Falls parking lot we hike to the Jones Gap trail. We hike the Jones Gap trail to the Coldsprings Branch trail and cross the bridge over the Saluda River. After crossing the bridge we hike the Bill Kimball trail over “El Lieutenant” to the Raven Cliff Falls parking lot.

February 10 Cedar Rock Mt / Kagle Mt (P400)
10 mi, 2100’cl, R10
Meet at Catheys Creek

Another new hike for the Hoofers. From the parking area off Cathey’s Creek we hike Kagle Mt. Road to the Cedar Rock Creek Trail up to Butter Gap and the Art Loeb to the top of Cedar Rock Mt. After leaving CRM, we connect to the unofficial Kagle Mt. trail to the top of Kagle Mt. We descend Kagle Mt. back to the Cedar Rock Creek Trail using another unofficial trail, then back to our cars.

February 17 Buck Spring/Pisgah Inn/Pink Beds (P400)
10 mi, 1600’cl, R10
Meet at Pisgah Ranger Station

This hike is a variation on a theme. From the pull-off on 276 we will hike Buck Spring to the Pisgah Inn. We will retrace our steps to Barnett Branch and will take Barnett Branch to our shuttle at Pink Beds.

February 24 Moore’s Cove and Beyond and Beyond (P400)
11.5mi, 2300’cl, R10+
Meet at Pisgah Ranger Station

This is a variation on Jay’s Moore’s Cove and Beyond. From Moore’s Cove we hike to 3 waterfalls then onto the Buckwheat trail, down Avery Creek and Buckhorn trails, to Perry Cove up to Bennett Gap and finally down Coontree to our shuttle.

March 3 DuPont Ramble
11.5 mi, 1300’cl, R10
Meet at Lake Imaging Parking

From Lake Imaging parking we hike the Ridgeline Trail linking together several trails before returning to our cars.

March 10 Black Balsam/Devil’s Courthouse (P400)
9 mi, 600’cl, R9
Meet at Catheys Creek

From NC215 we take the MTS, Little Sam, Flat Laurel Creek to Sam Knob parking, then the Black Balsam Spur, Art Loeb and MTS to Black Balsam and hike the parkway and NC215 down to our cars.

March 17 Big Bald
12.7 mi, 2625’cl, R10+
Meet at Walmart or Ingles Mills River

Another new hike for the Hoofers and one that is a bit further out than normal. From Sam’s Gap off I-26 we hike the Appalachian Trail to Big Bald as an out-and-back.

March 24 Little East Fork to Art Loeb (P400)
12.5 mi, 2659’cl, R10+
Meet at Pisgah Ranger Station

From the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp we hike the Little East Fork to Art Loeb and back to our cars via the Art Loeb from Deep Gap.

March 31 Toxaway River/Lake Jocassee (Pisgah Hiker Members only)
8mi. 2100’cl, R10+
Meet at Catheys Creek

With permission, we hike down to the swinging bridge over the Toxaway River at Lake Jocassee. We return by visiting several waterfalls. This hike involves a tough climb out from Falls #4 using a rope.