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–

Wednesday Striders Spring 2021 Schedule

In view of the coronavirus pandemic the following schedule assumes that we will not carpool to the trailheads until mid-May when all hikers have had ample opportunity to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.   Until then we will drive our own cars to the trailhead.  Hikes have been designed to keep commutes to the trailheads short.

March 31           Eastatoe – Art Loeb – Joel Branch
5 mi, 800’cl, R3

From Lowes we hike the Eastatoe, Art Loeb and Joel Branch trails.

April 7 Dupont—Stone Mountain
6 mi, 1200’ cl, R7,

From the Guion Farm parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike to Stone Mountain and back.

April 14         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.

April 21         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.

April 28         Caesars Head–Ravencliff Falls
7 mi, 1600’ cl, R
From the Ravencliff Falls parking lot on US276 we walk north about ½ mile on US276 to Gum Gap Road.  From there we hike to the Gum Gap trail to the Naturland Trust trail to the swinging bridge over Matthews Creek.  We retrace our steps and hike 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.

May 5  Turkeypen – Sharpy – Wagon Road Gap
7 mi, 1350’cl, R
From Turkeypen parking we hike the Turkeypen trail over Sharpy mountain to the Wagon Gap trail.  We hike the Wagon Gap trail and the South Mills River trail to our cars.  Hopefully, the lady slippers will be blooming.    

May 12  Pilot Mountain
5 mi, 1900’cl, R8

Starting at Gloucester Gap, we hike the Art Loeb trail to the summit of Pilot Mountain. We continue north on the Art Loeb trail.  Hopefully the pink shell azaleas will be in bloom along the way. We walk FS229 back to our cars with lunch on FS229A.

Starting on the May 19 hike all Wednesday Striders will be required to be fully vaccinated.  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 reason for this policy is obvious.  It is to protect you and your fellow hikers. Thank you for your understanding and your respect of our hiker family.

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.

May 19   Summey Cove – Courthouse Falls
8 mi, 1000’cl, R5, $3.50
Meet at St. Philips

From its trailhead on NC215 we hike the Summey Cove trail.    After stopping to admire to Courthouse Falls we continue up FR140 to the Upper Falls on Courthouse Creek.  Then we hike FR140 to our shuttle.

May 26  Caney Bottom – Cove Creek
5 mi., 600’cl., R5, $1.50
Meet at BiLo

From the Cove Creek trailhead on Davidson River Road we hike to the far end of the Caney Bottom Campground.  We hike the Caney Bottom trail to the Cove Creek trail with lunch at the Davidson River Swimming Hole.

June 2   Eastatoe Gorge
6 mi, 1100’cl, R6, $3.50
Meet at St. Philips

This out and back hike starts at the Foothills Trail parking lot on US178. We hike the Eastatoe Gorge trail down to the Narrows overlook.  We hike to the campground on Eastatoe Creek for lunch.  We reverse our route back to our cars.

June 9  Panthertown Waterfalls
7 mi, 1500’, R8, $6.00
Meet St. Philips

From the Salt Rock trailhead in Panthertown we hike the Panthertown valley to  Schoolhouse Falls. Then we hike to Little Green, Tranquility Point, Granny Burrell Falls, Frolichtown Falls and Wilderness Falls before we return to our cars.

June 16 Fly Poison Hike
5 mi, 675’cl, R4, $5.50
Meet at St. Philips

From Bear Pen Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we hike the MST to the Rough Butt Bald overlook where our shuttle awaits. We will enjoy the fly poison blooms along the way.

June 23   Thompson River Falls
8mi, 1300’cl, R8, $4.50
Meet at St. Philips

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.

June 30 Buck Spring In and Out
5 mi, 300’cll, R3, $2.00
Meet at BiLo

This is an easy round tripper to to our lunch spot at the end of the ridge.