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. (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 Summer 2020 Schedule

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

Note:  We resume our 9:30 start time for the next hike.

September 23   Big Sam
4 mi, 600’cl, R5, $4.50
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.

September 30  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.

October 14 Pilot Rock/Laurel Mountain
5 mi, 885’cl’,R6
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 21 Sunset Hike! Panthertown — High Bethel
5 mi, 1050’ cl, R8

Meet Headwaters Outfitters at; 3:15 PM—Caravan from there
From the Cold Mountain parking lot we hike past Schoolhouse Falls to Little Green Creek then up to High Bethel where we enjoy the sunset (meteorological: 6:55 pm; effective: 6:20) for dinner. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight for the hike back to the cars.

November 4 Dupont—Stone Mountain
7 mi, 1200’ cl, R5

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

November 11 John Rock
6 mi., 1280’cl., R8

Starting at the Fish Hatchery we hike counter clockwise on the Cat Gap Loop, By-pass and John Rock trails with lunch at the overlook.

November 18 Table Rock
7 mi, 2500’ cl, R10

From the Table Rock parking lot we hike the Table Rock trail to the overlook and back. You’ll need $6.00 for admission to the park.

November 25 Happy Thanksgiving—No Planned Hike

December 2 Cold Springs Branch – Jones Gap – Killer Miller Trails
7 mi, 1375’ cl, R8,

From the Ravencliff Falls parking lot on US276 we hike the Coldsprings Branch trail to the Jones Gap trail. After passing “The Winds” we hike the “Killer” Miller trail back to our cars. Please bring $2.00 for the SC State Park fee.

December 9 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.

December 16 Camp High Rocks
5 mi, 1200’cl, R8

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 23 Merry Christmas – No Planned Hike

December 30 Happy New Year—No Planned Hike