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 Spring/Summer 2018 Schedule

March 26th…..M22A……Cove Creek-Caney Bottom……700’……………5.0…………R5……….$1,50
Leader:
This is a loop trail. The trailhead is off of the Fish Hatchery Road, and passes by a group campsite. We will follow the trail up and around, returning to the campsite for lunch at a picnic table before we return to our cars.

April 2nd….M71A…Kings Creek…….
500’………..4.5 miles…….R4……….$1.00

Leader: Maggie
With the owners permission, we’ll hike through the Charlie Moore property and along King Creek to the second waterfall and return.

April 9th …..Cashiers-Rough Run/High Falls….
4.5 miles…….300′ of elevation……R5……$5.50

Leader: Carl
This is a wildflower viewing hike. We’ll be hiking along the West Fork of the Tuckasegee River an past two waterfalls. Lunch along the trail

April 16th….M64A  ……Rainbow Falls…….
700’……..4 miles…….$4.00
Leader:  Jeri
This is an in and out trail from the parking area at Gorges State Park.  We’ll follow an old road bed to the river and climb up the trail to Rainbow Falls.  The morning sun will show us a rainbow.  We’ll continue up the trail to Turtle Back Falls before we turn around and retrace out steps back to the parking lot.  Lunch along the trail or in the visitor center.

April 23rd…M10E…..North Slope Loop….
500’…..5.0 miles….R4….no fee
Leader: 
We start from the At Loeb trailhead parking area and go clockwise around the North Slope Loop.  Lunch at the amphitheater in the campgrounds or along the River before we return to our cars.

April 30th.  To Be Announced

May 7th…..M21A…..John Rock…..
700’…….4.5 miles……R5…….$1.50
Leader:  Jeri
We start clockwise on the Cat Gap trail from the Fish Hatchery parking lot and turn right on the John Rock Trail.  We climb up to the Rock for lunch.  Then retrace our steps back to the parking lot.

May 14th…..M14B…….Pink Beds….Long Loop……
500’……..5.5 miles…..R5…..$2.50
Leader:  Maggie
This is a clockwise hike around the Pink Beds Trails.  Lunch  at the picnic tables.

May 21st…..M66B…..Upper Whitewater Falls…….
900’……5.0 miles…….R6…..$5.50
This is an in and out hike from the Bad Creek parking lot, turning around at the foot of the Upper Falls.  Lunch along the trail.

May 28th…..Memorial Day…..M80A…….Wintergreen Falls…………
450’……….4.5 miles…………R3……….$2.00
From the Sky Valley Parking area we do the Wintergreen Falls Loop.

June 4th…..M16A……Promontory Stump…….
300’………5.0 miles………R3……….$3.00
We’ll drop a shuttle car on Yellow Gap Road and proceed up the mountain to  the Mountains to Sea trail where it crosses 276.  Then we’ll start down the trail and check out the treasures at the Stump and take the Barnett Branch rail from Pink Beds Jct to our shuttle.  Lunch along the trail

June 11th…….M81G……3 Lakes Trail in DuPont State Forest…….
est. 300’…………est.  4.5 miles………R3………….$2.00
From the Visitor Center in DuPont State Forest, we’ll follow Buck Forest Road to the Covered Bridge and then on to Pitch Pine trail and 3 Lakes trail to Lake Julia.  Then back on Conservation Road to The High Falls Pavilion for lunch and then back to our cars.

June 18th….M23A………Daniel Creek/Lanning Ridge……..
900’……..5.0 miles……..R6……….$2.00
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 on the creek bridge.

June 25th…..M38C……Buck Springs Lodge Loop……….
300’…………3.5 miles………R2………..$3.50
We hike the Campground Trail to the Mt. Pisgah trail, over the tunnel and to the Buck Springs Lodge site.  Then we follow the Mountain to the Sea to the Pisgah Inn for LUNCH before we drive back down the mountain.

July 2nd…..Alternative Slate Rock/Pilot Cove hike…..
700’……3.5 miles…………R5……….$3.50
From the Trailhead at the 3rd parking area on Yellow Gap Road, we’ll hike up to Slate Rock Ridge, switch to Pilot Cove Loop trail, stop for lunch on “Rattlesnake” Rock and then down the Ridge trail to our cars.

July 9th…..M30A….The Fly Poison Hike…….
675’………..4.5 miles…………R4……….$5.00
We drive up to the Parkway, and drop a shuttle at Rough But Bald overlook.  We drive on to Bear Pen Gap parking lot and begin our in and out hike on the Mountain to the Sea.  Lunch along the trail

July 16th……..M40A…..Elk Pasture to Stony Bald……….
420’…………3.4 miles…………R3…………$5.00
After spotting a shuttle at Stony Bald (402.6 milepost) we hike the MST/Shut-in trail from Elk Pasture Gap to Stony Bald Overlook.

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