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 Spring 2019 Schedule

April 3 Twin Falls – Clawhammer
6 mi, 800’cl, R5, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
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.

April 10 Trace Ridge – Bad Fork
8 mi, 1400’cl, R9, $3.50
Meet at BiLo or Ingles Mills River (9:15)
Starting on Wash Creek road 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. We find a user trail back to our cars. Bring your flashlights for the Ferrin Knob Tunnels.

April 17 Jones Gap – Rainbow Falls
5 mi, 1300’cl, R5, $5.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From its trailhead at Jones Gap State Park we hike the Jones Gap trail to the Rainbow Falls trail to Rainbow Falls for lunch. We return by the reverse route enjoying stops along Cox Camp Creek and the Saluda River along the way. Admission to the park is $5.00.

April 24 Mt Mitchell
Early Start: 8:00AM
5 mi., 1300’cl., R7, $13.00
Meet at BiLo or Ingles Mills River
We park at the Stepps Gap Ranger and hike the Commissary trail and Camp Alice trail to the new overlook at the summit of Mt. Mitchell.  From there we hike the Old Mitchell  trail and stop for cobbler or pie at the Commissary before returning to our cars.

May 1 Art Loeb – Strauss Park
6 mi, ???’ cl, R5, $0.00
From the Lowes parking lot we hike the Eastatoe trail to a user trail to the Art Loeb trail.  We hike the Art Loeb trail to Joel Brach where we find a forest service road.  We hike the road along the ridge and return to our shuttle by hiking through Strauss Park.

Please Note: Effective May 8 we return to the “Summer Schedule” with hikes starting at 8:30.

May 8 Pilot Mountain
5 mi, 1900’cl, R8, $3.00
Meet at BiLo
Starting at Gloucester Gap, we walk the Art Loeb trail to the summit of Pilot Mountain. Hopefully we’ll get to enjoy the pink shell azaleas in bloom along the way. We continue north on the Art Loeb trail and walk FS229 back to our cars.

May 15   Pisgah Ridge – Graveyard Fields Upper Falls
5 mi, 900’ cl, R5, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
From the junction of FS816 and the Blue Ridge Parkway we hike the Pisgah Ridge trail to Graveyard Fields. We hike down to Second Falls before hiking to the base of Upper Falls for lunch. Then we’ll take a user trail to the brink of the falls and continue on the user trail back to our cars on FS816.

May 22 Slate Rock
5 mi, 1100’cl, R6, $3.00
Meet at BiLo
From Yellow Gap Road we hike along Slate Rock Creek to a possible wet crossing. Then we hike to Slate Rock for lunch before descending to our shuttle at the Pilot Cove trailhead.

May 29   23 Feature Hike –West Loop
8mi, 1000’cl, R8, $4.50
Meet at St. Philips
From the MST crossing on NC215 we hike east on the MST with a side trip to Devils Courthouse. From there we hike the MST, Little Sam and Flat Laurel Creek trails back to NC215. We then walk the road back to our cars.

June 5  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 continue on to Little Green, Tranquility Point, Granny Burrell Falls, Frolichtown Falls and Wilderness Falls before we return to our cars.

June 12 MST – Graybeard to Glassmine Falls Overlook + Craggy Pinnacle
6 mi, 700’cl, R5, $9.00
Meet At BiLo or Ingles Mills River
We combine two out and back hikes each having outstanding views over the Asheville watershed.

June 19   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 26   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.