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;
Dave Menis–828-424-8692;

Friday Hoofer Fall 2017 Schedule

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

September 29          Tom’s 23 Feature Hike (Reverse Order)
11 mi, 2300’cl, R8, $4.50
Meet BiLo
Note we will reverse the order for this hike and start at the MST crossing of FS816.
  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.

October 6  Panthertown Waterfalls
9 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, Mac’s Falls and Greenland Creek Falls.

October 13 F32A  Shining Rock The Easy Way
10mi, 1500’cl, R8, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
We’ll head over to Shining Rock from the Big Sam Parking via the Art Loeb and/or Ivestor Gap trails.

October 20  Bearwallow Mountain
8 mi, 2000’cl, R6, $7.00
At 4,232 feet above sea level, Bearwallow Mountain stands as the highest peak in the widely-visible Bearwallow Highlands range.  Part of this hike is on the CMLC White Squirrel Challenge.  From the Bearwallow Mountain trailhead near Gerton, NC we will hike to the top of Bearwallow Mountain for a view of 60 miles of the BRP.  We continue onto Little Bearwallow Mountain, the cliffs and Bearwallow Falls before retracing our steps to the cars.

October 27  Cedar Rock the Easy Way
9 mi, 2100’cl, R6, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Fish Hatchery we hike the Cat Gap Loop to the Butter Gap trail to Butter Gap.  From there we hike the Art Loeb trail to Kagle Mountain gap where we find a user trail to the top of Cedar Rock.  After views to the west and south we find the Art Loeb trail to the Cat Gat Loop to our cars.

November 3  Rumbling Bald – Eagle Rock
9mi, 3300’ cl, R10, $7.00
Early Start:  8:30 BiLo Pisgah Forest;  or 9:00 Ingles US64 & I26 Hendersonville

From the parking area on Boys Camp Road in Lake Lure we hike up a heavily eroded dirt road 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 9 – 10 Annual Fall Outing—Amacalola Falls State Park – Hike Inn
We will head to Amacalola Falls State Park in Northeast Georgia and hike to the Hike Inn where we spend the night.  Some hikers will leave on Wednesday morning to camp in the park before hiking to the Hike Inn.

November 17  Rim of the Gap
12mi, 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 lunch on the Saluda River we climb 6 miles up the Jones Gap trail to our awaiting shuttle at “Tom’s Gate”.

November 24  To be announced

December 1  Caesars Head – Dismal – Natureland Trust Trail
9 mi, 2400’, R9, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Gum Gap parking area on US276 we walk to the Ravencliff Falls trailhead and hike to the Ravencliff Falls overlook.  From there we hike the Dismal trail down to the Natureland Trust trail. After crossing Matthews Creek a two times including the swinging bridge, we hike the Gum Gap trail back to our cars.

December 8  Pilot Rock–Slate Rock
9mi, 2650’cl, R9, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
We will start and end the hike on the Pilot Cove Trail and enjoy the views from Pilot Rock and Slate Rock. Bring an afternoon snack for a break atop Slate Rock.

December 15  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 22  Neil Gap Loop
9 mi, 1500’cl, R5, $0.00
Meet at Lowes
From Lowes parking we walk the Eastatoe trail to the Art Loeb trail.  Then we hike up to Neil Gap to the North Slope Connector.  From there we hike the North Slope trail through the Davidson River campground to the swimming hole for lunch.  We hike back to our cars at Lowes.

December 29  Happy New Year—No planned hike