Friday Rollers

Friday Rollers Crossing Reasonover Creek
 
Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Assembly area in the Lowe’s parking lot at the curb-line closest to and parallel with US64.  Please be there by 8:50 a.m. to allow time for sign-up, chitchat and whatnot.  We leave promptly at 9:00 a.m.   For DuPont hikes, check the description for a 2nd meet-up location and time for hikers coming from Henderson County.
 
A moderately paced hike, we expect to hike 3 – 6 miles without a huge amount of elevation gain.
 
Friday Rollers Group Leader:  Richard Mayberry  mayberryfinearts@gmail.com

 

 

FRIDAY ROLLERS FALL/WINTER 2022/2023 HIKING SCHEDULE

October 7  SASSAFRAS MTN. FOOTHILLS TRAIL, NORTH
5.0 miles, 1,000’ descent, 400’ ascent est., R6, $4.00 suggested car fee
A shuttle hike from the top of Sassafras Mtn. to Highway 178.
 
October 14 GREEN RIVER GAME LANDS – NORTH SIDE
5.8 miles, 1,000’ ascent*, 990’ descent*, R8, $5.00 car fee
A loop hike, off Big Hungry Road, hike down Pulliam Creek Trail 1.5 miles, take Narrows Spur (very difficult) out and back .2 miles, continue down Pulliam Creek . 7 miles, left onto Bear Branch Trail 1.5 miles, left onto Bishop Branch Trail 1.1 miles, left onto Rock Hop Trail, then right on Pulliam Creek Trail to cars. *Ascent/descent does not include the Narrows Spur trail.  Add maybe 300’ for that.
 
October 21 LITTLE SAM LOOP
5-6 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking.  From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch.  Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
 
October 28 SHINING CREEK RAMBLE
3.2 miles, 450’ ascent, R5, recommended car fee: $3.00
From parking on the other side of the East Fork of the Pigeon River, we hike out taking the Shining Creek trail to a turning point then back to cars.
 
November 4 JOEL BRANCH RAMBLE
5.7 miles, 750’ ascent, R6, no fee
From the Art Loeb trailhead we hike up to the Estatoe trail at foot bridge, then up Joel Branch Rd. to the Art Loeb taking a left back to the Estatoe trail and our cars.
 
November 11 FLAT LAUREL CREEK/LITTLE SAM LOOP
5 miles, 450’ ascent, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking.  From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch.  Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
 
November 18 LIBERTY BIKES – US 191 VIA MST
5.7miles, 280’ ascent, 450’ descent, R5, $5.00 car fee
A shuttle hike from Liberty Bikes on the MST to the parking area just past the 191 exit on the Blue Ridge Park.
 
November 25 ESTATOE PLUS EXERCISE LOOP
4.4 miles, 30’ ascent, R2, no car fee
An out and back starting from Lowe’s we hike out the Estatoe trail to the foot bridge, go across and past the parking for the Art Loeb trail, cross bridge and right onto the Exercise trail to the English Chapel, go around then back.  When we get to the paved road we go straight on the other side of the Davidson River to Lowe’s.
 
December 2 DUPONT FOREST – FAWN LAKE LOOP
5.7 miles,700’ ascent, R6, suggested car fee if riding: $3.00
A loop, from Fawn Lake parking we hike out Reasonover Creek trail to Lake Julia and have lunch.  Then we continue on Camp Summit Rd. trail to Conservation Rd. trail to Fawn Lake Rd. trail returning to parking.
 
December 9 THRIFT COVE
4 miles, 750’ ascent, R4, no car fee
A short – stick lollipop, we hike out from parking near the Forest Service Utility buildings, go up Black Mountain trail, continue on Thrift Cove trail back to Black Mtn. trail and finish.
 
December 16 PROMONTORY STUMP
5.5 miles, 370’ ascent, 1,600’ descent, R3, car fee: $3.00
A shuttle, we start at the Mountains-to-Sea trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Pigeon Gap and the Hwy 276 on ramp.  We hike down to the Barnett Branch trail, continue on to Pink Beds, then right to our car(s) at parking there.  Lunch at the picnic tables in Pink Beds.
 
December 23 HOOKER FALLS TO THREE LAKES TRAIL
6.2 miles, 510’ ascent, R5
An out and back, starting at Hooker Falls parking we hike up to the covered bridge, then up the 3 Lakes Trail to lake Julia.  Once there we maybe have lunch at the Lake Julia dam, then return via Conservation Rd. to the covered bridge and back to cars.
 
December 30 PANTHERTOWN, EXPLORING THE EASTERN SIDE
5 miles, 650’ ascent, descent, R5, car fee:  $5.00
Mac’s Gap trail, right at Little Green trail, diversion to Tranquility Point, back, diversion to Schoolhouse Falls, back to Panthertown Valley Trail, right, back to cars.
 
January 6, 2023 BILL MOORE/FLETCHER PARK
3.5 miles, 20’ ascent, R3, suggested car fee:  $5.00
A circumnavigation of Fletcher Park
 
January 13, 2023 NORTH SLOPE LOOP
5 miles, 500’ ascent, R4, no car fee
From the Art Loeb trailhead parking we go clockwise around the North Slope trail.
 
January 20, 2023 DUPONT FOREST – FAWN LAKE RAMBLE
4.6 miles, 580’ ascent, R6, suggested car fee:  $3.00 
An out and back with two lollipops.  We hike out Fawn Lake trail, left onto Mine