Friday Rollers

 
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.
 
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 2021/22 HIKING SCHEDULE
“Peace within…Peace between…Peace among…Peace beyond” Virginia Sinclair
 
Oct. 1 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN
5.7 miles, 1,300’ ascent/descent, R5, car fee:  $2.00
A lollipop trail, from parking we hike the Bracken Mtn. trail (blue), to the shortcut trail (yellow), then left onto Mackey Ridge trail (red).
 
Oct. 8 BENT CREEK FOREST RAMBLE, ONE
6.5 miles, 920’ ascent, 950’ descent, R5, car fee: $5.00
This is a loop trail.  From the Rice Pinnacle parking we hike out Deer Lake Lodge connecting to Wolf Branch, Ledford Rd., Ingles Field Gap, Ingles Field Gap Connector, Boyd Branch Rd., Ledford B
 
Oct. 15 DUPONT FOREST:  CEDAR ROCK/BURNT MOUNTAIN
7.5 miles, 880’ ascent, 830’ descent, R6, car fee:  $3.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike up Cedar Rock, do the loop, hike Burnt Mountain loop,  then hike the Nooks loop, have lunch at the Little River, wade or soak feet, then return to cars on Corn Mills Shoals trail.  This may be a good blueberry hike.  We can cut this short if desired…
 
Oct. 22 FLAT LAUREL CREEK – BIG SAM KNOB LOOP
5 miles, 850’ climb, 820’ descent, R5, $5.00
From Big Sam parking on road 816 we hike out Flat Laurel Creek to a right turn onto Big Sam Trail, hike to the summit for lunch and return, completing the loop.
 
Oct. 29 JONES GAP:  RAVEN CLIFF FALLS
4 miles, 695’ ascent, out and back, R5, car fee:  $3.00 plus park fee
 
November 5 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE
5 miles, 800’ climb, R6, car fee:  $5.00
Park at 215 near the Mountains to Sea Trail, hike to Devil’s Courthouse, then return via the Blue Ridge Parkway and highway 215 to cars.
 
November 12 SHINING CREEK
4 miles, ? ascent, R5 est., suggested car fee:  $4.00
An out and back from parking on US 276 at the East Fork of the Pigeon River.  We hike out Shining Creek and return.  This is a Shining Rock wilderness hike.
 
November 19 ECUSTA TRAIL RAMBLE
4 miles plus, 100’ ascent, est., R4
A shuttle hike, we will “bushwhack” the proposed Ecusta Trail from Oskar Blues to Crabcreek Rd.
 
November 26  NO PLANNED HIKE:  THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
 
December 3 LITTLE SAM LOOP
5 miles, 450’ ascent, R5, $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.
 
December 10 PISGAH RIDGE TO SKINNY DIP FALLS
4 miles, 150’ ascent, 400’ descent est., R4, suggested car fee:  $4.00
A shuttle hike, we hike from Parkway Rd. 816 on the Pisgah Ridge trail to Looking Glass overlook.  From there we hike the short hike down to Skinny Dip Falls for lunch and return.
 
December 17 MST/ FOLK ART CENTER NORTHWARD
4 miles est., 400’ est., R5, suggested car fee:  $5.00
A shuttle hike, from the Folk Art Center we hike up the Mountains to Sea Trail to ? BRP access and drive back to the Folk Art Center to look for gifts.
 
December 24  NO PLANNED HIKE:  CHRISTMAS EVE
 
December 31 PRIVATE PATH TO ART LOEB
4 miles plus or minus, 700’ ascent, est., R6
A shuttle hike, from JoAnne Cunningham’s house we hike up to the Art Loeb Train and down to parking near the campground.
 
January 7, 2022 FLETCHER PARK/F. P. GREENWAY
4 miles, 57’ ascent, 44’ descent, R2, $5.00
From parking area we walk a figure eight returning.  Lunch at Blue Sky Cafe afterwards.
 
January 14, 2022 DUPONT FOREST – FAWN LAKE LOOP
5 miles est., 400’ ascent est., 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.
 
January 21 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.