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–828-884-2126;
Dave Menis–828-424-8692;

Friday Hoofer Summer 2017 Schedule

July 7  Graveyard Fields Ramble
9mi, 600’cl, R8, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
The hike starts across the BRP from Graveyard Fields parking.  We head up the Pisgah Ridge trail crossing the BRP to the MST. We hike the MST and take the last exit back to Graveyard Fields.

July 14   X-Stream Hike–Toxaway River
4 mi, 1000’cl , R5, $2.00
Meet at Catheys Creek
From the Toxaway River dam on US64 we hike a recently maintained user trail down to the second landing on Toxaway Falls.  After changing into our Tevas or other suitable water sandals we cross the river at the landing and hike to the Narrows and back.  We’ll hike along the river on the way down to the Narrows and hike in the river on the way back.  Plan to get wet.  Prepare to do a short repel. Bring at least one hiking pole.

July 21  To be announced 

July 28   North Mills River/Big Creek
10 mi, 850’cl, R3, $3.00
Meet at BiLo
From the trailhead on Yellow Gap road in the North Mills River Recreational Area we hike the North Mills River trail crossing the North Mills River too many times to count.  Then we’ll hike the Big Creek trail until we get tired of getting our feet wet before returning to our cars.  Wear old hiking shoes and socks that you don’t mind getting wet.  We won’t be changing shoes at each crossing.

August 4    X-Stream Hike–Skinny Dip Falls/Yellowstone Prong
4.5 mi, 1000’cl, R6, $3.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Looking Glass Rock overlook on the BRP we hike down to Skinny Dip Falls.   We put on our Tevas or suitable water sandals and hike up Yellowstone prong to the base of Yellowstone Falls.  After hiking up a user trail, we get back into Yellowstone prong and walk it up to Second Falls and the bridge in Graveyard Fields.  We put on our hiking shoes and hike the Pisgah Ridge trail back our cars.  Plan to get wet.  Bring one hiking pole.

August 11  Adventure Hike to be announced   

August 18  Panthertown Waterfalls
8 mi, 1800’cl, R8, $4.00
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
From the Cold Mountain parking lot we’ll hike to all the waterfalls on the Tuckasegee River including Red Butt, Elbow, Riding Ford, Jawbone and Warden Falls.  On the way back we’ll stop several waterfalls on Greenland Creek including Schoolhouse Falls, Pothole Falls and Greenland Creek Falls.  Some hikers may want to go for a swim in the pools below each falls.

August 25    Art Loeb – North Slope

September 1  To be announced 

September 8  To be announced 

September 15   Rocky Mountain – Chimney Top Mountain
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
7.0mi, 2300’cl, R10, $5.00
This hike takes us up Rocky Mountain then on to Chimney Top Mountain.  We take the reverse route or traipse through the High Hampton our way back to our cars at Zackary cemetery.

September 22   Tennent – Black Balsam – Graveyard Fields Upper Falls
9 mi, 1800’cl, R5, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
From Graveyard Fields parking we hike the Graveyard Ridge trail to Ivestor Gap.  Then we hike the Art Loeb to Tennent and Black Balsam to FS816 and a user trail to Upper Falls.  After that we return to Graveyard Fields parking. 

September 29          Tom’s 23 Feature Hike
11 mi, 2300’cl, R8, $5.00
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
Starting at the MST trailhead on NC215 we walk down to the Flat Laurel Creek trail. We hike it to the Sam Knob trail to the summit for lunch. From there we hike to the Sam Knob parking lot and up Art Loeb Spur trail to the lower view from Black Balsam. The MST takes us to Devil’s Courthouse and then back to our cars.  As usual we will take an inventory of features.