Wednesday Striders

“The sun did not shine.  It was too wet to play.  So we sat in the house, all that cold, cold, wet day,”  Dr Seuss.  Dr. Seuss was obviously not a Wednesday Strider.

The Wednesday Strider hikes are at a faster pace and with less frequent stops than the Friday Rollers hikes.  Hikes range from 5 to 8 miles in length.  Please contact one of the hike leaders before hiking with this group. 

COVID 19 Policy: All Wednesday Striders will be required to be fully vaccinated including their booster shots.  This policy will apply to not just carpooling but hiking with the group as well.  Car-pooling allows us the option of featuring some of our popular shuttle hikes.

The leaders may ask for proof of the vaccination, but neither the leaders nor Pisgah Hikers can undertake to assure that all who hike with this group have been vaccinated or are free of the virus or that COVID-19 will not be contracted on the hike or during carpooling, and our general Liability Disclaimer applies fully to Covid-19 and all associated risks.

Start time:   Winter, Spring Fall; 9:00 AM.  Summer (starting sometime in May);  8:30 AM.  Please arrive 10 minutes early for a prompt departure.

Meeting Place:  We have three different assembly areas depending upon the location of the hike.  These are Catheys Creek, Walmart and the Cedar Mountain Community Center.    

Updates:  Updates will be issued every Tuesday morning before the Wednesday hike.  To receive updates by email, enter your email address in the “+Follow” link at the bottom right corner of any webpage.

Wednesday Strider Hike Leaders:
Jay Hinze–
Craig Smith–

Wednesday Striders Summer 2022 Schedule

June 29   Thompson River Falls
6 mi, 900’cl, R5, $5.00
Meet at Catheys Ceek Road Assembly Area
Starting at the Brewer Road trailhead on NC281 we visit four waterfalls on the Thompson River. This hike requires 4 river crossings. Please wear old hiking shoes and wicking socks. We won’t be changing shoes and socks at each crossing.

July 6  Black Balsam/Tennant Mt
5mi, 600’cl, R5, $5.00
Meet at Walmart
From the MST/Loeb Crossing on FS816 we walk the road to the Ivestor Gap trail. At the junction with the Art Loeb trail we hike over Tennent and Black Balsam before returning to our cars.

July 13   Elk Pasture to Beaver Dam
5 mi,  610’ cl, R4, $5.00
Meet at Walmart
We hike the MST from Elk Pasture Gap to our shuttle at Beaver Dam Gap. The drivers will do an out-and back hike.  They will meet the main group along the way back to the cars.

July 20 Shining Creek
5 mi, 800’cl, R6, $4.00
Meet at Walmart
From the Shining Creek trailhead on US276 we hike to Shining Creek Falls for lunch and back.

July 27 Bridal Veil Falls
8 mi, 1000’, R7, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Fawn Lake parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike the Reasonover Creek trail to Lake Julia and continue on the Shelter Rock and Corn Mill Shoals trails to Bridal Veil Falls for lunch.  Then we retrace our steps and hike the Corn Mill Shoals, Laurel Ridge, Cart, Mine Mountain and Fawn Lake trails back to our cars.  Be prepared for a tough climb after lunch.

August 3 Panthertown Waterfalls
7 mi, 800cl’, R8, $7.00
Meet at Catheys Creek
From the Salt Rock trailhead in Panthertown we hike past the Salt Rock overlook and down to the Panthertown valley to the Sand Beach, Schoolhouse Falls, Little Green Mountain, Tranquility Point, Granny Burrell Falls, Frolictown Falls and Wilderness Falls before we return to our cars.

August 10  Horsepasture River Waterfalls
5 mi, 900’cl, R6, $4.00
Meet at Catheys Ceek Road Assembly Area
We will hike from the trailhead in Gorges State Park and visit Drift Falls, Turtleback Falls, Rainbow Falls and Stairstep Falls before returning to our cars.

August 17 Pisgah Ridge – Graveyard Fields Upper Falls
5 mi, 900’ cl, R5, $5.00
Meet at Walmart
From the junction of FS816 and the Blue Ridge Parkway we hike the Pisgah Ridge trail to Graveyard Fields. We hike down to Second Falls before hiking to the base of Upper Falls for lunch. Then we’ll take a user trail to the brink of the falls and continue on the user trail back to our cars on FS816.

August 24 Whitewater Falls
5 mi, 500’cl, R4,500’cl, R4,  $6.00
Meet at Catheys Ceek Road Assembly Area
After a brief stop to admire Whitewater Falls from the viewing platform, we get back in our cars and do an out-and back hike from the Bad Creek trailhead up the Whitewater River.  After lunch at the bridge over the Whitewater River we retrace our steps back to our cars.  (Don’t forget to bring your National Park Pass for the entrance fee to the upper falls parking lot.)

August 31  Turkey Pen – Vineyard Gap – Riverside
7 mi, 600’cl, R5, $1.00
Meet at Walmart
From the Turkey Pen parking lot we hike the Vineyard Gap trail to the Riverside trail where we encounter a bunch of wet crossings of the South Mills River before returning to our cars. Wear old hiking shoes and wicking socks. We won’t be changing shoes at each crossing.

September 7          MST – Wolf Bald
6mi, 700’cl, R5, $6.00
Meet at Catheys Ceek Road Assembly Area
From the Rough Butt Bald overlook on the BRP we hike the MST/Buckeye Gap trail to the user trail to Wolf Bald. We locate the MST and follow it to the Bubbling Springs waterfall for lunch. We return to our shuttle on NC215.

September 14  Big East Fork
6.0 mi, 900’cl, R6, $5.00
Meet at Walmart
From the Looking Glass Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway we hike the Bridges Camp trail down to the Big East Fork trail. We continue on the Big East Fork trail down to the lunch rock. We then retrace our steps back to our cars on the Parkway.

September 21        Mt. Pisgah Loop
6mi, 1000’cl R7, $4.00
Meet at Walmart
From the Pisgah Inn we hike to the top of Mt. Pisgah via the Buck Spring and Mt. Pisgah trails and return via the Campground trail. We’ll eat lunch near (but not in) the Pisgah Inn.

September 28        Big Sam
4 mi, 600’cl, R5, $5.00
Meet at Walmart
Starting at Big Sam parking we make a loop via the Flat Laurel Creek and Sam Knob trails and end up at lunch atop one of the twin peaks before returning to our cars.


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