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 Monday Pisgah Hiker hikes.  Hikes range from 5 to 8 miles in length.  Please contact one of the hike leaders before hiking with this group. 

Start time:   Winter, Spring Fall9:00 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 the Parking lot next to St. Philips Church, BiLo and the Cedar Rock 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 Spring 2020 Schedule

Note:  In view of the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no official carpooling.  No shuttle hikes have been scheduled.  Hikes will be limited to 10 hikers.  Hikers will need to be present at the trailhead before 9:00.  Social distancing of 6 feet between hikers will be practiced. 

May 13         Pilot Mountain
6 mi, 1900’cl, R8
Starting at Gloucester Gap, we walk the Art Loeb trail to the summit of Pilot Mountain. Hopefully we’ll get to enjoy the pink shell azaleas in bloom along the way. We continue north on the Art Loeb trail and walk FS229 back to our cars.  Lunch is served on FS229B at Laurel Fork.

May 20         John Rock
6 mi., 1280’cl., R8
Starting at the Fish Hatchery we hike the Cat Gap Loop, By-pass and John Rock trails with lunch at the overlook. We return to our cars via the John Rock and Cat Gap Loop trails.

May 27         Moore Cove and Beyond the Figure 8 Way
6 mi, 1600’cl, R8
From the Moore Cove trailhead we hike several user trails eventually passing Moore Cove falls.

June 3    Caesars Head–Ravencliff Falls
7 mi, 1600’ cl, R10
From the Ravencliff Falls parking lot on US276 we walk north a ways on US276 to Gum Gap Road.  From there we walk the road to the Gum Gap trail to the Naturland Trust trail to the swinging bridge over Matthews Creek.  We retrace our steps and walk the Gum Gap trail to the Ravencliff Falls trail to the covered shelter overlook for lunch.  We again retrace our steps and hike the Ravencliff Falls trail back to the parking lot.

June 10  Slate Rock
6.5 mi, 1100’cl, R6
From Yellow Gap Road we hike along Slate Rock Creek to a possible wet crossing.  Then we hike to Slate Rock for lunch before descending to the Pilot Cove trailhead.  Without a shuttle we walk Yellow Gap road back to our cars.

June 18 Fly Poison Hike
5 mi, 675’cl, R4
From Bear Pen Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway we hike the MST to Haywood Gap.  Without a shuttle we walk the 1 mile back to our cars.  We will enjoy the fly poison blooms along the way.

June 25   Thompson River Falls
8mi, 1300’cl, R8
Starting at the Brewer Road trailhead on NC281 we visit three 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.