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 Fall; 9:00 AM.  Summer (starting sometime in May);  8:30 AM.  Please arrive 10 minutes early for a prompt departure. (Note that in view of the Corona Virus we will meet at the trailhead for a prompt 9:00 hike 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.    (Note that in view of the Corona Virus we will meet at the trailhead for a prompt 9:00 hike departure.)

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–

Note:  In view of the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no official carpooling.  No shuttle hikes have been scheduled.  Social distancing of 6 feet between hikers will be practiced.  We will wear masks when appropriate if trails become crowded.

January 13  Pressley Cove -– Maxwell Cove – Bennett Gap
6 mi, 1000’cl, R5
From the Pressley Cove trailhead on Avery Creek road, we hike the Pressley Cove trail to Clawhammer Road. We hike to the Maxwell Cove trailhead and continue down Maxwell Cove to Avery Creek Road. Then we hike up a forest service road to a user trail to the Bennett Gap trail to our cars.

January 20 Buck Spring In & Out
6 mi, mostly level, R3
This is an easy round tripper from the Buck Spring trailhead on US276 on beyond Poplar Branch (the 7th water crossing) to the lunch spot at the end of the ridge.

January 27 Full Moon-Rise Hike
6 mi, 1400’cl, R6
Meet at the Cold Mountain Overlook on the BRP at 3:00
From the Cold Mountain overlook we hike out and back alternately on the BRP and MST.  Dinner at the Pounding Mill Overlook for the moon rise. 

February 3 Devil’s Courthouse
7 mi., 1000’cl., R7
Starting at the gate on NC215 we hike the BRP to Devil’s Courthouse. We hike the MST to the Little Sam trail to the Flat Laurel Creek trail which we follow to its end on NC 215. We hike the road back to our cars.

February 10  BRP – Mt. Hardy
6 mi, 1200’cl, R6
From the gate at NC215 we hike the BRP to the user trail to Mt. Hardy.  After enjoying the views from the Mt. Hardy rock we continue on the MST to the Rough Butt Bald overlook where we hike the BRP back to our cars.

February 17  Trace Ridge – Bad Fork
7 mi, 1400’cl, R9
Starting at the Trace Ridge trail in the North Mills River Recreation Area we hike the Trace Ridge trail to the BRP. We hike the BRP through the Ferrin Knob tunnels to the Bad Fork trail and on to our shuttle at the Bad Fork trailhead on Wash Creek Road.

February 24   Daniel Creek Ramble
7 mi, 1050’cl, R5
Starting at the Daniel Creek trailhead on Davidson River Road we hike past the junction with the Farlow Gap trail.  We complete the loop by hiking the south spur of FS5046 and then north on FS5046 to visit Upper Tom Spring Falls and Tom Spring Falls. (North Carolina Waterfalls,  Third Edition, Kevin Adams.  Pp 174 – 175.)

March 3  Pounding Mill Creek
7 mi, 1350’ cl, R6
From Turkey Pen parking we hike the Mullinax, Squirrel Gap, Pounding Mill Creek and South Mills River trails back up that tiresome hill we originally came down.

March 10  Barnett Branch – Gaging Station
7 mi, 500’cl, R5
From the Barnett Branch parking lot on Yellow Gap Road we hike the Barnett Branch, Pink Beds and Pink Beds – Gaging Station Connector trails.

March 17 Twin Falls – Clawhammer
6 mi, 800’cl, R5
From the Avery Creek trailhead on Avery Creek Road we hike to Twin Falls and return via the Buckhorn Gap, Clawhammer Road and Clawhammer trails.

March 24  Dupont – Triple Falls, High Falls, Grassy Falls
8 mi, 1200’cl, R5
From the Hooker Falls parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike to Triple Falls, High Falls and Grassy Falls before finding a circuitous route to Hooker Falls and back to our cars.