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
Jeri Schneider jschnei2@bellsouth.net


Monday Rollers Summer/Fall 2018 Schedule

August 6…M34..Black Balsam to Tennant Mountain…
600’…..4.0 miles….R5…..$5.00

Leader: Jeri
We start at Sam Knob parking and hike an access trail to the Art Loeb, then hang a left and go over Black Balsam to the top of Tennant Mountain. We follow the Art Loeb onto the intersection with Ivestor Gap, which we will follow back to the parking lot. Lots of sun on this hike. Should meet up with some tasty blueberry snacks.

August 13th……Black Balsam to Devil’s Courthouse..
Approx.. 500′ of climb….3 miles..R4….$5.00

Leader: Jeri
We will drop a shuttle at Devil’s Courthouse parking and begin our hike from the Mountain to Sea crossing on Black Balsam Road. We hike the MTS back toward the Courthouse rock, take a short segment of Little Sam Trail before taking on the access trail to the top of Devil’s Courthouse for lunch. Then we hike down to our shuttle car and home.

August 20th…….Sam Knob +……..
635′ of climb……approx. 4 miles……R5…..$5.00

Leader:Jeri
This will be a loop hike starting in the Sam Knob parking lot, following the trail down the boardwalk and across the meadow to climb to Sam Knob. We’ll visit both knobs and then hike down following Sam Knob trail, make a rock hop water crossing onto Flat Laurel Creek trail. Then turn left and hike back to the parking lot. Lunch along the way.

August 27th……..Arboretum.+..………….
600′ of climb…..4.5 miles……R3…….$5.00

Leader: Jeri
We’ll start at the Hard times trailhead parking and hike through the back gate to the Bent Creek Trail which we will follow to Wesley Branch Trail. There the trail climbs back up to the Education Center and the Visitor Center. We pick up the Carolina Mountain Trail and follow it around to our gate access and back to the cars. Lunch at the Visitor Center tables.

September 3rd….Quarry Trail (Long)….approx.
500′ of climb….4.8 miles…R3…….$2.00

Leader: Jeri
We pick up the trail off Rich Mountain Road near the community of Cedar Rock and begin our hike on Cannon Creek Trail. Then follow Buckhorn Creek Trail to the Rock Quarry Road and the Quarry itself. Lunch on the rocks there and return by the route we followed in..

September 10th….MC33C……MST./ Graveyard Ridge…….
500’……..4.0 miles…..R5…….$5.00

Leader: Jeri
We spot a shuttle at Graveyard Parking and hike from the Mountain to Sea crossing at Black Balsam Road, following MTS trail to Dark Prong Jct and exit to our shuttle up the South steps via the Graveyard Ridge and Graveyard Fields trails. Lunch along the trail.

September 17th…..M37A…..Big East Fork……
750′ of climb…..4.5 miles….R5……R6…..$4.00

Leaders: Jeri and Fred
This is a Wilderness Hike–restricted to 10 hikers per group. This hike is from Looking Glass Overlook down to the Bridges Camp and Big Fork Trails for lunch on the rocks. Then return by the same route. If there is enough interest,
we’ll drop a shuttle on 276 and have one group that follows the in and out route and the second group that hikes through with Fred to the shuttle.

September 24th…..M33B…..MST Graveyard….
500′ of climb……4.5 miles…..R4……$5.00

Leader: Jeri
We spot a shuttle at Graveyard Parking and hike from the Mountains to Sea Crossing of Black Balsam Road over this trail to Graveyard Jct and exit to our shuttle via the Spur trail to the North Steps at Graveyard Fields Parking

October 1st…M23A…….Daniel Creek/Lanning Ridge…..
900′ of climb…….5.0 miles…..R6…..$2.00

Leader: Jeri
Starting at the entrance to the old Fish Rearing Station on Davidson River Road we go around the Loop trail with a side trip to Hamilton-Neill Falls. Lunch at the bridge.

October 8th….M20A…..Look Glass Rock…….
1000′ of climb……..5.0 miles………R6……..$1.00

Leader: Jeri
This is a hike to the first overlook where we have lunch on the rock and then return. This is our first hike up this rock in quite some time, we’ll be taking it slow and easy.

October 15th…..M35A….Pisgah Ridge……..
200′ of climb……3.5 miles…….R2…………$5.00

Leader: Jeri
We drop a shuttle at Looking Glass overlook and start our hike on the Pisgah Ridge Trail across the parkway from its intersection with Black Balsam Road. We come out at Looking Glass overlook for out shuttle and have lunch there or
hike the extra quarter mile and 300 feet down to Skinny Dip for a more scenic lunch and the climb back out

October 18th…….Pisgah Hikers Fall Octoberfest Picnic at Holmes State Forest..
Hike of 3.5 miles with 600′ of climb to start at 9:30
Picnic to start at 12:30.
Bring a covered dish and $2.00 to cover the cost of bratwurst.
Make reservation by contacting Jeri Schneider at 828-685-2994 or Jschnei2@bellsouth.net by Sunday, October 14th.

October 22nd….M38A…..Frying Pan Mountain……..
900′ of climb….4.0 miles…..R5……$4.00

Leader: Jeri
Leader: We start our hike at Pisgah Inn and hike over the top of Big Bald and then up the gravel road to Frying Pan Tower.. We return either over the top of Big Bald again or hike along the parkway to the Inn, reducing our total climb by about 300′. Lunch at the Pisgah Inn before we drive home.

October 29th…..M70A….Bracken Mountain……
approx. 700′ of climb…….4.7 miles…….R5……..$1.00

Leader: Jeri
From the trailhead near the Brevard Music Center we climb the switchbacks to the second intersection with Brushy Creek Trail. Then we follow the loop around and back to the main trail and head downhill to the parking lot. Lunch along the trail or at the music center.

November 5th….M51A…..Slate Rock-Pilot Cove…..
700′ of climb……3.4 miles……R5…..$2.50

Leader: Fred
From the 3rd Parking Area along Yellow Gap Road we begin our hike on Pilot Cove-Slate Rock Trail, following it until we have climbed to the top and intersect with Slate Rock Ridge. Turning right, we follow Pilot Cove Loop Trail to lunch on the Rattlesnake Rock. Then down the Ridge trail to the parking area.

November 12th…….Lake Imaging-High Falls Trail in DuPont State Forest…..
500′ of climb…..4.5 miles….$2.00

Leader: Jeri
We spot a shuttle car at Hooker Falls Parking Lot and start our hike at the Lake Imaging Trailhead. We hike the Lake Imaging & Hilltop Loop trails (with a side trip to the top of Grassy Creek Falls). Then follow Buck Forest road to the Covered Bridge, and down past High Falls, to lunch at the Triple Falls pavilion.. We continue down the hill and over the bridge to the Hooker Falls Parking lot for out shuttle.

November 19th…M73A…..Ravencliff….
700′ of climb…..4.0 miles…R5..…$2.50 + $3.00 SC park fee

Leader:
We drop down from the parking area on US276 in SC following the trail to the falls overlook platform for lunch and then return.

November 26th…M58B…..Buckwheat Knob…..
700′ of climb……5.0 miles…..R5……$1.50

Leader: Jeri
We drop a shuttle at the Buckhorn Gap Trailhead under the power line on Avery Creek Road and starting at Bennet Gap on Avery Creek Road we hike the Buckwheat Trail to Club Gap and then down hill on Avery Creek Trail and onto the Buckhorn Gap Trailhead. Lunch along the way or at the visitor center tables.

December 3rd….Mine Mt to Bridal Veil ……..
approx. 600′ of climb…..5.0 miles….R4……$3.00

Leader: Jeri
We will park in the Fawn Lake Lot and follow the trail up Mine Mountain to the Cart Trail, then Laurel Ridge and on to Corn Mill Shoals to Bridal Veil Falls. We return to parking by Airstrip Trail, Conservation Road, and Fawn Lake Road.
Lunch at the Falls.

December 10th…..M22A….Cove Creek/Caney Bottom…….
700′ of climb……5.0 miles……R5….$1.50

Leader: Jeri
Around the Cove Creek-Caney Bottom Loop trail. Lunch at a picnic table at one of the group campsite.

December 17th….M11A….Black Mountain Ramble…..
450′ of climb…..4.5 miles…..R4……no fee

Leader: Jeri
This counterclockwise loop hike starts from the Black Mountain trailhead and includes the Black Mountain, Thrift Cove, Grassy Road and old Alt MTS trail. Lunch at the Visitor Center Tables if weather allows.

December 24th…..Connemara in Flat Rock…..
700′ of climb…..4.0 miles…..R2……$1.50

Leader: Jeri
From the parking area, we will hike around the lake and up to the house. Then continue up to the top of Big Glassy and back down through the garden and past the goat barn. Lunch and last minute Christmas shopping at Wrinkled Egg in Flat Rock.

December 31st….Burnt Mountain Trail in DuPont State Forest…..
4.0 miles……400′ of climb….R3…..$2.00

Leader: Jeri
From the Corn Mill Shoals parking lot, we’ll follow the shoals trail onto the Burnt Mountain Loop. Then complete the loop and take a short side trip to the river side for lunch, before we head back to the cars.

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