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 Spring 2017 Schedule

July 24th………….Stone Mt. Area Hike in DuPont State Forest…..
3 miles….400 ‘ climb…….R2………….$2.00
Leader: Jeri
We will follow Sky Valley Road to our trailhead in the parking area at Rocky Ridge Trail. Then follow this trail to a left turn on Switchback Trail. We will cross the Sky Valley Road and hike Plantation Loop before returning to our cars on Sky Valley Road. Lunch at the pavilion at Guion Farms parking.
July 31st……..M35A……..Pisgah Ridge ………..
3.5miles………….200’………..R2………….$5.00
Leader: Maggie
We drop a shuttle at Looking Glass overlook (MP4417) 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 our shuttle, and if we wish we can drop down the hill and back for lunch at Skinny Dip Falls, an extra 0.6 miles and 300′ of climb.
August 7th…..
Black Balsam/Tennent……..4.0 miles………..600’……………R4………$5.00
Leader: Jeri
We start at Sam Knob Parking and hike the Loeb for lunch at the first peak at Tennant Mountain and return on the rocky, rocky Ivestor Gap to our cars
August 14th……M36B…….Yellowstone (Long) …………..
4.5 miles………..550’………R4………………$5.00
Leader: Jeri
From Graveyard Parking we go to the bridge at the top of the Middle Falls and stop by the foot of the falls. We hike the blue dot, Mountain to Sea, Graveyard Ridge and Upper Falls Trails to lunch at the Upper Falls. We return via the South Steps to the parking lot.
August 21st……M38C……….Buck Springs Lodge Loop………
3.5 miles………….300’…………..R2…………$3.50
Leader: Maggie
We hike the Campground Trail to the Buck Springs Lodge site, and make a round trip on the old Vanderbilt Motor Road to the Buck Springs Tunnel portal and return to the Pisgah Inn via the Mountain to the Sea Trail. Lunch at the Pisgah Inn.
August 28th………Annual Blueberry picking hike……….Off of Ivestor Gap Trail and the Blueberry hill areas……….
approx. couple of miles…….approximately 300’….$5.00
Leader: Maggie
September 4th……M38D…………Buck Springs Down……..
approximately 500’down…..6.5 miles……….R4………..$3.50
Leader: Jeri
After dropping a shuttle at the Buck Spring Trailhead on US276 we drive to the Pisgah Inn to start our hike on the Mountain to the Sea trail heading downhill. We’ll have lunch at the ridge-end campsite at about the halfway point. Then continue down to our shuttle.
September 11th…..M39B………Mt. Pisgah to Big Ridge O/L……….
730’………….4.6 miles………….R5……….$4.50
Leader:
After spotting a shuttle at Big Ridge O/L (403.6) we hike the Mountain to the Sea / Shut In Trail from the Mt. Pisgah Parking Lot back to our shuttle.
September 18th…..Quarry Trail in Dupont State Forest…………
approx. 500’………….4.8 miles………R5………….$2.00
Leader
This hike begins at the Rich Mt Road Trailhead for the Cannon Creek Trail. We follow this trail to Buckhorn Creek Trail and then on to the Rock Quarry Road. Lunch on the Rocks at the Quarry and then return by the same route.
September 25th…..M23A………..Daniel Creek/Lanning Ridge…………
900’…………5.0 miles………….R6……………$2.00
Leader: Maggie
Starting at the entrance to the old Fish Rearing Station on the Davidson River Road we go around the Loop trail with a side trip to Hamilton-Neil Falls for lunch.
October 2nd……M37A………..Big East Fork……………….
750’………………4.5 miles……………R5……………$4.00
Leader: Jeri
This is a Wilderness Area hike limited to 10 hikers. If we have more than 10 we will divide into two groups and send the other group on nearby trails. The Big East Fork trail follows the Bridges Camp trail and Big East Fork trails to the river where we will have lunch on the rocks and then return to our cars.
October 9th……M21A…..John Rock………………..
700’…………….4.5 miles………………R5…………….$1.50
Leader: Maggie
We start clockwise on the Cat Gap Trail from the Fish Hatchery and turn right on the John Rock Trail for lunch on the rock. We come back by the same route to the crossing of forest loop where we will follow the bypass back to the parking lot.
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