Monday Rollers

We Usta be the Monday Strollers
Now we’re the Monday Rollers
Rollin, Rollin, Rollin
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them hikers rollin
Rawhide
Movin, Movin, Movin
(Unless they’re disapprovin)
Keep them hikers movin
Rawhide
(above lyrics with apologies to the Blues Brothers)

When this group was first formed over 30 years ago it was named the Monday Strollers, being the easiest in the hiking difficulty chain among the original three hiking groups.  With the formation of two other groups, our group was renamed the Monday Pisgah Hikers, and we are three up and three down (right in the middle) in the group difficulty ratings chain. The Pisgah Hiker hike ratings are from 1-10; higher ratings indicate greater difficulty. Ours are mostly less than R6.  See Difficulty Scales.

Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Assembly area in the Lowe’s parking lot at the curbline 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.
Monday Pisgah Hiker Group Leaders:
Maggie DiRocco  862-4618 mmrock@comporium.net
Larry Garofalo 966-9072 tooz@comporium.net
Jeri Schneider jschnei2@bellsouth.net


Monday Rollers Fall 2017 Schedule

October 23rd…….M13A……Seniard Waterfalls from 475B………
minimal climb…….4 miles……  R1…………$2.50
Leader:  Jeri
This is an in and out hike starting at the logging road intersection  with 475B.  We hike in for 2 miles past 2 waterfalls.  Lunch on the bridge at one of the waterfalls, there is a wide concrete edge for seating.  There will be time for  a short optional bushwacking climb to see a third waterfall.
October 30th…….M22A……..Cove Creek/Caney Bottom…….
700’………….5.0 miles………..R5………….$1.50
Leader:  Maggie
The trailhead for this hike is up past the fish hatchery on forest road 475.     We’ll hike in toward the group camp site and then follow the loop up and around.  Lunch at a picnic table in the campground.  Then back to parking.
November 6th…..modified M51A………..Pilot Cove/Slate Rock….
700’………………3.5 miles……..R6…….$3.50
Leader:  Jeri
Our trailhead is on Yellow Gap Road, the 3rd parking area in from US 276.  We follow Pilot Cove/Slate Rock trail and climb to the ridge where we switch to the Pilot Cove Loop trail.  Lunch will be on the rock outcropping on top before we head down the trail  back to our cars.
November 13th…..M47A…….Rattlesnake Lodge……………..
500’…………..4.0 miles…………..R4…………….$7.00
Leader:  Jeri
This hike will  be off the Parkway near milepost 375, so will take extra drive time to reach.   It will be an in and out hike from the Trailhead at Bull Gap on Ox Creek Road.
We climb to the Lodge ruins and poke around and have lunch.  Then down hill back to our cars and a long drive home.
November 20th………..M81A…..Lake Imaging-to the Falls in DuPont State Forest………500’……..4.6 miles……R4…….$2.00
Leader:  Jeri
We will drop a shuttle at Hooker Falls Parking Lot and start our hike at the Lake Imaging Trailhead.  We’ll follow the Lake Imaging & Hilltop Loop trails with a short side trip to the top of Grassy Creek Falls.  Then, Buck Forest Road to the Covered Bridge, past High Falls and down to Triple Falls and to our shuttle at Hooker Falls parking.   We’ll take a lunch break at the Triple Falls pavilion.
November 27th……M82A…….Cedar Rock in DuPont State Forest……….
575’……….4.5 miles………R4………$2.00
Leader:  Jeri
From the Corn Mill Shoals parking lot on Cascade Lake Road we’ll follow the Big Rock trail up and over the top of Cedar Rock,  continue down the back side on Cedar Rock Trail to Little River.  Lunch on the rocks beside the river. Then back to parking on Corn Mill Shoals Trail.
December 4th…………M21C………….Butter Gap……………..
600’…………….5.2 miles………………R4………….$1.50
Leader:   Jeri
Beginning at the Fish Hatchery, we’ll hike along the Cat Gap and Butter Gap trails a little over 2 miles before we turn around and return to parking.  Lunch at the picnic tables at the Hatchery.
December 11th….DuPont Visitor Center to Wintergreen Falls ……..
5.5  miles………….R3…………..$2.00
Leader:  Jeri
We will drop a shuttle at Guion Farms parking lot but begin our hike at the Visitor Center and follow Buck Forest Road to Thomas Cemetery Road.  Then on to Sandy Trail and Wintergreen Falls.  Next we head to our shuttle car and lunch at the pavilion.
December 18th….M11A……Black Mountain Ramble…..
450’……….4.5 miles…………..R4…………..no fee
Leader:  Jeri
This loop hike starts from the Black Mountain trailhead near the Pisgah Forest Maintenance Shop.  We’ll climb the left side of the loop and cover sections of Black Mountain, Thrift Cove, Grassy Road, and the old Alt MST trails.  Lunch at the Pisgah Visitor Center picnic tables or at the Food Matters gathering center, depending on the temps.
December 25th….Christmas…no hike
January 1st….New Years…no hike
January 8th…Pink Beds.(long loop)…………………
500’…………5.5 miles…………..R5……………..$2.50
Leader:  Jeri
This is a clockwise hike around the Pink Beds Loop Trail.  Lunch at the picnic grounds.


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