Wednesday Striders

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 Summer 2019 Schedule

September 25   Big Sam
4 mi, 600’cl, R5, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
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.

Note:  We resume our 9:00 start time for the next hike.

October 2 Dupont—Stone Mountain
7 mi, 1200’ cl, R5, $1.00|
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Guion Farm parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike to Stone Mountain and back.

October 9 John Rock
6 mi., 1280’cl., R8, $1.50
Meet at BiLo
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.

October 10 (Thursday) Octoberfest!
Calling all past and present Pisgah Hikers:
There will be a Pisgah Hiker Fall Octoberfest Picnic on Thursday, October 10th at Holmes Educational Forest Pavilion
Hike will begin at 9:30. Picnic at 12:30
If you are able to attend, bring a side dish to accompany bratwursts or a dessert.
Bottled water, paper plates and table service pieces will be provided.
Bring $2.00 per person to cover expenses.
Make reservations by Sunday, October 6th to or 828-685-2994

October 16 Sunset Hike! Panthertown — High Bethel
6 mi, 1050’ cl, R8, $4.00
Meet at St. Philips; 3:00 PM
Please note the 3:00 start time. 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.

October 23    Mt. Pisgah Loop
6mi, 1000’cl R7, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Pisgah Inn we hike to the top of Mt. Pisgah via the Buck Spring and Mt. Pisgah trails and return via the Campground trail. We’ll eat lunch near (but not in) the Pisgah Inn.

October 30 Pilot Rock/Laurel Mountain
5 mi, 885’cl’,R6, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
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.

November 6  Sassafras Mountain, SC
Meet at St. Philips
5 mi, 2000’ cl, R8, $4.00
From the Foothills trail crossing in Laurel Valley on US178 in South Carolina we hike the Foothills Trail to the newly built platform on Sassafras Mountain.   Hopefully we will find a shuttle car waiting in the parking lot!

November 13   Moore Cove and Beyond the Figure 8 Way
6 mi, 1600’cl, R8, $1.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Moore Cove trailhead we hike several user trails eventually passing Moore Cove falls.

November 20  Cold Springs Branch – Jones Gap – Killer Miller Trails
6 mi, 1300’ cl, R7
Meet at Cedar Mountain
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.  (If you’re lucky your driver will have a South Carolina State Park pass!)

November 27 Looking Glass Rock
6.0 mi, 1800’, R4, $1.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Looking Glass Rock trailhead we hike to the summit and the overlook. On our way back we stop for lunch at the helipad overlook.

December 4 Whitewater Falls
7 mi, 1850’cl, R7, $5.00
Meet at St. Philips
From the Bad Creek trailhead on the Foothills trail we hike to the Lower Whitewater Falls overlook. We retrace our steps and hike the Foothills Trail up the Whitewater River. After lunch at the bridge we hike to the Upper Whitewater Falls where our shuttle awaits. (Don’t forget to bring your National Park Pass for the entrance fee.)

December 11 MST – BRP
6 mi, 1400’cl, R6, $2.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Cold Mountain overlook we hike out and back alternately on the BRP and MST. Lunch at Penny Rock.

December 18   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. We’ll gather at the Cedar Mountain Cafe for our annual Christmas lunch.

December 25 Happy Holidays – No Planned Hike