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–
Vince Castello–

Friday Hoofer Fall 2022 Schedule

Laurel Valley to Virginia Hawkins Falls
10 mi, 1579’cl
Meet at Catheys Creek

Beginning at the Laurel Valley parking area we hike an out-and-back to Hawkins Falls.

Craggy Gardens to Lane Pinnacle and Craggy Dome (SB6000)
12 mi, 2900’cl

Meet at Walmart and Ingles Mills River
This is a new hike with a variation. Beginning at Craggy Gardens parking area on the BRP we will first hike and out-and-back to Lane Pinnacle and then from the same starting point hike an out-and-back in the other direction to Craggy Dome. Hikers will have the option of doing only the first leg of the hike or the entire distance.

MST-Graveyard Ridge-Grassy Cove Loop (P400)
10.5 mi, 2200’cl (estimated)

Meet at Walmart
From the Looking Glass Rock Overlook on the BRP we will hike the MST past Skinny Dip Falls to Graveyard Ridge. We will then take Ivestor Road to Grassy Cove connector and Grassy Cove to Bridges Camp trail and back to our cars.

Cedar Rock via Kagle Mt. Road (P400)
12.4 mi, 2234’cl
Meet at Catheys Creek

At the intersection of Kagle Mt. Road and Catheys Creek Road we will hike Kagle Mt. Road to Cedar Rock. From there we will take the Art Loeb to Butter Gap shelter where we will pick up a user trail back to Kagle Mt. Road.

10 mi, 2572’cl
Meet at Walmart or Ingles on 64 in Hendersonville

This hike begins at the Wildcat Rock Trailhead and goes up to the top of Bearwallow. From there we take the Bearwallow Mt. Trail to Trombatore Trail to Blue Ridge Pastures. We then take a new trail (Strawberry Gap, not on your map), to our shuttle car.

Little East Fork -Art Loeb Loop (P400)
12.5 mi, 2659’cl
Meet at Walmart

From the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp we hike the Little East Fork Trail up to the Art Loeb Trail and the ALT back to our cars.

Rim of the Gap
11.2 mi, 2690’cl
Meet at Cedar Mt. Community Center

We will begin at Raven Cliff Falls parking area for this (somewhat) annual hike.

Table Rock to Pinnacle Mt.
10.7 mi, 3990’cl
Meet at Cedar Mt. Community Center

Beginning at the Table Rock parking lot we will hike to Table Rock then over to Pinnacle before looping back to our cars.

Green River Gameland
10 mi, 1754’cl
Meet at Walmart or Ingles Upward Road in Hendersonville

From the parking area on Big Hungry Road we hike a loop along the Green River.

Straus Park-Art Loeb-Stoney Knob Lollipop (P400)
10 mi, 1800’cl
Meet at Straus Park

We take Hawk Trail from Straus Park over Pine Mt. to Joel Branch Road. There we catch a connector to the Art Loeb and take it to the Stony Knob trail. Stony Knob takes us back to our lollipop stick at Joel Branch.

High Bethel Altar
9 mi, 1750’cl
Meet at Catheys Creek

Beginning at Cold Mt Gap trailhead we will hike Cold Mt Road to the Devil’s Elbow Trail. We will follow this trail to Devil’s Elbow where we will catch the Shelton Trail to High Bethel Altar trail and High Bethel Altar. We will then take the Little Green Creek trail back to Devils Elbow trail to Pathertown Valley trail and back to our cars.

Laurel Valley to Sassafras
9.5 mi, 2083’cl
Meet at Catheys Creek

Beginning at Laurel Valley parking we hike and out-and-back to Sassafras Mt.

Case Camp-Seniard Ridge (P400)
11.2 mi, 2633’cl
Meet at Walmart

This post-Christmas hike takes us up to the BRP where, with any luck, we will see the ice walls.