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 Winter 2018 Schedule

January 5    Buck Spring – BRP
11 mi, 1700’cl, R8, $2.50
Meet at BiLo
We park at the Cold Mountain Overlook on the BRP and hike the Mountain to Sea trail from US276 to the Buck Spring trail.  After 7 stream crossings and 8 switchbacks we reach the Pisgah Inn for a brown bag lunch on the porch.  Then we hike the Frying Pan trail over Big Bald to the BRP and back to our cars.

January 12  Dupont 4 Falls, one lake
8 mi, 1200’cl, R5, $1.00
Meet at Hooker Falls parking
From the Hooker Falls parking lot we visit Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, High Falls and Bridal Veil Falls and return.

January 19  Seniard Ridge/Case Camp
10 mi, 2700’cl , R10, $2.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Case Camp trailhead on 475B we hike the Seniard Ridge trail up to the BRP.  From there we hike the BRP and Pisgah Ridge trail to Graveyard Fields and the Second Falls.  We return to our cars by hiking the BRP, Pisgah Ridge, MST and Case Camp trails.

January 26    Searcy Road – Art Loeb – Butter Gap
10 mi, 1800′cl, R6, $1.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Fish Hatchery we hike the Cat Gap Loop, Butter Gap and Long Branch trails to FS5095 (Searcy Road). After turning left we hike FS5095 to a bushwhack to the Butter Gap trail and back to our cars.

February 2    Jones Gap – El Lieutenant
9 mi, 1600’cl, R5, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From “Tom’s Gate” on US276 we hike the Jones Gap trail and head down to the bridge over the Saluda River.  After crossing the bridge we hike the Bill Kimball trail over El Lieutenant to the Ravencliff Falls parking lot.  From there we hike the “Killer Miller” trail down to the Jones Gap trail and back to our cars at Tom’s Gate.

February 9   Buckhorn Gap Loop
13mi, 1500’, R9, $2.00
Meet at BiLo
Starting at Pink Beds trailhead we hike the Lower Pink Beds, Barnett Branch and Black Mountain trails to Buckhorn Gap.  Then we hike the Buckhorn Gap, South Mills River and Upper Pinkbeds trails to our cars.

February 16  Sassafras Mountain – Little Pinnacle Mountain Ramble
10 mi, 2000’cl, R10, $2.50
Meet at St. Phillips
From Sassafras Mountain we’ll hike the Foothills trail around Hickory Nut Mountain then past Rock Mountain and on to Pinnacle Mountain summit for lunch before returning to our cars.

February 23   Toxaway River – Lake Jocassee (Members only hike)
7 mi. 2300’cl , R7, $2.00
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
We hike the Cane Break trail down to the swinging bridge over the Toxaway River at Lake Jocassee.  We return by visiting several waterfalls.

March 2   23 Feature Hike
11 mi, 2300’cl, R8, $4.00
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.  Then we hike down to the Sam Knob parking lot, up the Art Loeb Spur trail, down the Art Loeb trail to the  MST and back to our cars.

March 9   Pilot Rock–Slate Rock
8mi, 2500’cl, R8, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Pilot Rock trailhead on Yellow Gap Road we hike the Pilot Rock trail to the Laurel Mountain trail.  We find the user trail down to the Slate Rock trail and hike to Slate Rock.  Then we hike to our shuttle at the Pilot Cove trailhead.

March 16   Falls Creek Falls – Pretty Place –Rainbow Falls
10mi, 2800’cl, R10, $5.00
 Early Start:  8:00AM
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Falls Creek Falls trailhead in Jones Gap State Park we hike to Falls Creek Falls, Pretty Place and Rainbow Falls before hiking the Jones Gap trail back to our shuttle.

March 23    Whitewater Falls
9 mi, 1600’cl, R6, $5.00
Meet at Catheys Creek Road
From the Bad Creek trailhead we hike up the Whitewater River past Corbin Creek Falls to the bridge.  Then we retrace our steps and hike to the Lower Falls.   After the hike we may stop at Upper Falls for a view from the new platform.

March 30    Mount Cammerer
Early Start 8:00 AM
12 mi, 3300cl, R10+, $13.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Big Creek trailhead off of I40, we hike the Chestnut Branch trail to the AT.  Then we take the AT to a side trail to the historic forest lookout atop Mt. Cammerer.  It’s a long walk back to our cars.