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 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.  However sometime in May we switch to our 8:30 am summer start time.  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.

Assembly:  Three different Assembly Area locations are 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 BiLo Grocery Store parking lot, Cathey’s Creek Road at US64 and the Cedar Mountain Community Center parking lot.  Details for each location are given in the Assembly Areas tab.

Friday Hoofer Hike Leaders:
Jay Hinze–828-553-6533;
Vince Castello–828-458-4489;

Friday Hoofer Fall 2018 Schedule

Note:  We resume our 9:00 start time for the next hike. 

September 28 Farlow Gap
10 mi , 2235’, R9, $2.00
Meet at BiLo
We drop a shuttle at the Daniel Ridge Creek trailhead on Davidson River Road and then drive to the Art Loeb crossing at Gloucester Gap.  We hike the Art Loeb to the top of Pilot Mountain.  We continue on to Farlow Gap where hike the Farlow Gap and Daniel Ridge trails back to our shuttle on Davidson River Road. 

October 5  Bearwallow Mountain
8 mi, 2350’cl, R8, $7.00
Early start:  8:30
Alternate meeting place 8:45 Ingles Mills River
At 4,232 feet above sea level, Bearwallow Mountain stands as the highest peak in the widely-visible Bearwallow Highlands range.  From the Wildcat Rock – Little Bearwallow Mountain trailhead across US74 from the Florence Nature Preserve near Gerton, NC we hike to Wildcat Falls, Wildcat Rock, Little Bearwallow Mountain and finally to the top of Bearwallow Mountain for a view of 60 miles of the BRP.  After lunch overlooking Lake Lure we reverse our route and return to our cars on US74.

October 12 Cold Mountain
11mi, 3300’cl, R10+, $8.00
Early Start:  7:00AM
Meet at BiLo
Or Meet at Ingles Mills River
From the Daniel Boone Scout Camp we hike the Art Loeb trail to Deep Gap.  Then we hike the spur trail to the Cold Mountain summit and return. An extra snack might be a good idea for the rest break under the apple tree at Deep Gap on the way up. 

October 18 Octoberfest!
Calling all past and present Pisgah Hikers:
There will be a Pisgah Hiker Fall Octoberfest Picnic on Thursday, October 18th at Holmes Educational Forest Pavilion
Hike will begin at 9:30.   Picnic at 12:30
If you are able to attend, bring a side dish to accompany bratwursts or a dessert.
Bottled water, paper plates and table service pieces will be provided.
Bring $2.00 per person to cover expenses.
Make reservations by Sunday, October 14th to or 828-685-2994 

October 19  Shining Rock, The Hard Way
10 mi, 3000’ cl, R10, $3.00
Early Start: 8:00
Meet at BiLo
From the Shining Creek trailhead on US 276 we hike the Shining Creek and Old Butt trails for lunch atop Shining Rock, returning to our cars via the Shining Creek trail. 

October 26   Hike Cancelled
Cold rainy day.  We wimped out!

November 2  Art Loeb – Neil Gap – North Slope
Rainy day hike.

 November 9  Sycamore Cove – Thrift Cove
Rainy day hike.  (This rain is getting old.)

November 16 Rumbling Bald – Eagle Rock
9mi, 3300’ cl, R10, $7.00
Early Start:  8:00
Meet at 8:00 at BiLo Pisgah Forest;  or meet at 8:30 Ingles US64 & I26 Hendersonville
From the parking area on Boys Camp Road in Lake Lure we hike to Party Rock on Rumbling Bald for outstanding views of Lake Lure below and the North Carolina Piedmont to the east.  We continue up to Eagle Rock for more great views of Chimney Rock and Worlds Edge to the south and Linville Gorge and Grandfather Mountain to the north before retracing our steps back to the cars.

November 23   Little Pisgah – Big Creek – Pilot Rock Loop
8 mi, 1600’, R8, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Pisgah Inn parking lot we hike the Buck Spring trail past the overlook to the MST to the Little Pisgah tunnel.   Then we hike the Big Creek trail and an unmarked trail up to the Laurel Mountain trail.  From there we hike the Laurel Mountain trail, Connector trail, Pilot Rock trail and Buck Spring trails back to our cars at the Pisgah Inn.  Of course, this plan assumes the Parkway is open for business.

Thanksgiving–Hike To be announced 

November 30   Rim of the Gap A Different Way
11mi, 2300’cl, R10, $0.00
Early Start:  8:00 AM
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Caesars Head visitor center on US276 we hike the Frank Coggins trail to the Rim of the Gap trail in Jones Gap State Park.  After trekking the Rim of the Gap, we hike the Pinnacle Pass trail to Oil Camp Creek to the Naturland Trust Trail back to our cars.

December 7    Black Mountain
9 mi, 2140’cl, R9, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Avery Creek trailhead we hike the Avery Creek trail and the Buckhorn Gap trail (including Twin Falls) to Buckhorn Gap. Then we hike the Black Mountain trail to the rocks for lunch and over Black Mountain to Pressley Gap, the Pressley Cove trail and on to our shuttle on Avery Creek road. 

December 14   Moore Cove and Beyond the Figure 8 Way
8 mi, 1600’cl, R6, $1.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Moore Cove trailhead we hike past Moore Cove Falls and hike several user trails.  Lunch will be served on the Bennett Gap trail rocks. 

December 21  To be announced

December 28  Happy New Year—No planned hike