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.

“It’s not who you were, but who you are. It’s not what you did, but what you do.” Jay Hinze

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. Furthermore, we recommend that all hikers receive the new bivalent COVID 19 shot and flu shot to protect themselves and their fellow hikers.  

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 Fall 2022 Schedule

“I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October”, Charmaine Forde

We return to our Fall, Winter, Spring 9:00 start time.

October 5   MST – Wolf Bald
6mi, 700’cl, R5, $5.50
Meet at Catheys Creek
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.

October 12  Rainy Day Hike–Daniel Ridge
5 mi, 800’cl

October 19  Pilot Rock – Laurel Mountain
5 mi, 885’cl’,R6, $3.50
Meet at Walmart
From the Pisgah Inn we hike the Buck Spring, Pilot Rock, Laurel Mountain Connector and Laurel Mountain trails to lunch at the Buck Spring Lodge site.  We return to our cars on the Buck Spring trail.

October 27 – 28   Wednesday Strider Fall Outing
October 27 Tanawha Trail –Rough Ridge, Raven Rocks
5 mi, 700’ cl
From the Lin Cove Viaduct Visitor Center we hike the Tanawah trail to Rough Ridge – Raven Rocks and back.
October 28   MST: Graybeard Overlook – Glassmine Falls Overlook  – Craggy Pinnacle
5 mi, 500’ cl
We combine two out and back hikes each having outstanding views over the Asheville watershed.

November 2  New Hike: Panthertown—Dismal Wall Ramble
4.5 mi; 800‘cl;  R5; $5.00
Meet at Catheys Creek
Morris will lead us on a new hike in Panthertown.  Starting at the trailhead on NC281 we hike the West Fork Way trail and rock hop across the West Fork of the French Broad River.  Then we hike up the Great Dismal Wall and Grotto Falls for lunch. We retrace our steps to our cars.  Morris and Mollywould like to invite the hikers to stop by their mountain house after the hike for refreshments 

November 9   New Hike: Jones Gap – El Lieutenant
6 mi, 1400’cl, R7, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
This is a shorter version of the Friday Hoofer hike.  From the Ravencliff Falls parking lot we hike the Coldsprings Branch trail to the Bill Kimball trail.  Then we hike the Bill Kimball trail and climb over “El Lieutenant”.  We complete this “lollypop hike” by hiking the Coldsprings branch trail back to the Ravencliff Falls parking lot.

November 16  Table Rock
7 mi, 2100’ cl, R10, $4.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Table Rock Nature Center parking lot in Table Rock State Park in South Carolina we hike the Table Rock trail to the overlook and back. You’ll need $6.00 for admission to the park.

November 23  Andy Cove – Sycamore Cove
5 mi., 700’Cl, R5, $0.00
Meet at the Ranger Station/Visitor Center
From the Pisgah Ranger Station/Visitor Center we hike the Andy Cove, Exercise, Art Loeb, Sycamore Cove, Black Mountain and Exercise trails back to our cars.

November 30 Art Loeb – Joel Branch
6 mi, 800’cl, R6
Meet at Lowes

From Lowes we hike the Eastatoe trail to the user trail up to the Art Loeb trail. We hike the Joel Branch trail to a side trail up to the pilings of an old fire tower. We continue on the Joel Branch trail to the Eastatoe trail back to our cars at Lowes.

December 7   Exercise Trail – North Slope
5 mi, 400’cl, R1, $0.00

Meet at the Ranger Station/Visitor Center
From the Ranger Station/Visitor Center we hike the Exercise trail to the Campground trail to the North Slope trail. We hike the North Slope trail to the Davidson River Campground where we find our way back to the Exercise trail and our cars.

December 14 Lower Whitewater Falls
5 mi, 600’cl, R3, $5.00
Meet at Catheys Creek
From the Bad Creek trailhead off of the Foothills trail we hike to the Lower Whitewater Falls overlook and back. Bring your binoculars to locate Dave Gunther’s camera at the base of the falls!

December 21   Camp High Rocks
5 mi, 1200’cl, R8, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From Camp High Rocks we hike past the “high rocks” and over Rich Mountain enjoying long-range views of Whiteside Mountain along the way.

December 28   Happy Holidays – No Planned Hike

Recent Posts


First: Due to recent restrictions on trail access, the scheduled hike for tomorrow has changed. We will do a version of an Art Loeb loop instead. Meet at Lowes parking lot at 9 a.m. Please  RSVP. Please note–the weather is uncertain, so check your email for a cancellation notice after 7 a.m.

Second: As many of you know, Vince has agreed to assist Jay with Wednesday Strider leadership. Vince has been a wise and effective co-leader of the Hoofers and I am grateful to him for his skills and leadership. He will not be a stranger to the Friday hikes but will be relinquishing his co-leader responsibilities. Vic Zona has agreed to share the leadership responsibilities with me going forward. Please express your appreciation to both of these men for helping us to stay on track.

Third: Vince will lead the hike next week to High Bethel Altar, so look for an update from him next Thursday. We are cancelling the last two hikes of this year (23 and 30 December). The 23rd hike we moved to earlier this quarter and the 30th hike we are saving for mid-January. A number of the Hoofers will be away later this month (including the co-leaders), so we thought it best to let the Hoofers do their own thing.

Finally: On behalf of Vince, Vic, myself and our Grandmaster, Jay, we wish for each of you the very best this holiday season and happy trails for the next year.

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