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–
Vince Castello–

Friday Hoofer Fall 2019 Schedule

October 4 Bearwallow Mountain
8 mi, 2350’cl, R8, $7.00
Early start: 8:30 BiLo
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.

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

October 10 (Thursday) Octoberfest!
Calling all past and present Pisgah Hikers:
There will be a Pisgah Hiker Fall Octoberfest Picnic on Thursday, October 10th 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 6th to or 828-685-2994

October 11 Pink Beds to Pisgah Inn (New Hike)
8 mi , 1700’cl, R6, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Pink Beds trailhead on US276.  We hike the south side of the Pink Beds loop to the Barnett Branch trail. Then we hike the Barnett Branch trail to the Buck Spring trail and hike it to the Pisgah Inn where we meet our drivers for lunch at the Pisgah Inn.  The drivers return the hikers to the Pink Beds trailhead to fetch the cars.

October 18 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 25  Sycamore Cove – Thrift Cove
8mi, 1100′, R5, $0.00
Meet at BiLo
From the bridge on the Art Loeb trail we hike the Loeb to the Sycamore Cove Trail continue on to Grassy Road and Thrift Cove before exiting on the Black Mountain trail.

November 1  Cedar Rock the Easy Way
9mi, 2600’cl, $2.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Fish Hatchery we hike Cat Gap Loop trail to the Butter Gap trail to Butter Gap.  From there we hike the Art Loeb trail to Kagel Mountain gap and hike a user trail to the top of Cedar Rock.  Then it’s on to the Cat Gap Loop trail to our cars.

November 8   Rim of the Gap
12mi, 2300’cl, R10, $0.00
Early Start: 8:00AM
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Caesars Head visitor center on US276 we take 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”. This is a long hike and it is suggested that a trail snack be carried in addition to lunch.

November 15  Table Rock
11mi. 3400’cl, R10, $5.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Table Rock trailhead we hike up to the overlook. Then we take a side loop and hike toward Pinnacle Mountain and another spectacular overlook.

November 22 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.

November 29 Thanksgiving–Hike To be announced

December 6 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 13 Moore Cove – Bennett Gap – Coon Tree
8 mi, about 1900’cl, R6, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
We park our cars at the at the Coon Tree trailhead and walk along Looking Glass Creek past Looking Glass Falls to the Moore Cove trailhead. Then we hike the Moore Cove-and- beyond trail to the Bennett Gap trail and continue to Coon Tree Gap. From there we hike the Coon Tree trail back to our cars.

December 21 Neil Gap Loop
9 mi, 1500’cl, R5, $0.00
Meet at Lowes
From Lowes parking we walk the Eastatoe trail to a user trail to the Art Loeb trail.  We hike the Art Loeb trail past 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 27 To be announced