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

June 26   Thompson River Falls
5 mi, 800’cl, R4, $4.50
Meet at St. Philips
Starting at the Brewer Road trailhead on NC281 we visit two 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.

July 3  Elk Pasture to Beaver Dam
5 mi,  610’ cl, R4, $4.50
We hike the MST from Elk Pasture Gap to our shuttle at Beaver Dam Gap.

July 10 Black Balsam/Tennant
5mi, 600’cl, R5, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
From the MST/Loeb Crossing on FS816 we walk the road to the Ivestor Gap trail. At the junction with the Art Loeb trail we hike over Tennent and Black Balsam before returning to our cars. 

July 17 Shining Creek
6 mi, 1000’cl, R6, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
From the parking lot on the Big East Fork we hike to Shining Creek Falls and back.

July 24 Bridal Veil Falls
8 mi, 1000’, R7, $1.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Fawn Lake parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike the Reasonover Creek trail to Lake Julia and continue on the Shelter Rock and Corn Mill Shoals trails to Bridal Veil Falls for lunch.  Then we retrace our steps and hike the Corn Mill Shoals, Laurel Ridge, Cart, Mine Mountain and Fawn Lake trails back to our cars.  Be prepared for a tough climb after lunch.

July 31 Turkey Pen – Vineyard Gap – Riverside
7 mi, 850’cl, R5, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Turkey Pen parking lot we hike the Vineyard Gap trail to the Riverside trail where we encounter a bunch of wet crossings of the South Mills River before returning to our cars. Wear old hiking shoes and wicking socks. We won’t be changing shoes at each crossing. 

August 7  Horsepasture River Waterfalls
6 mi, 900’cl, R6, $3.50
Meet at St. Philips
We hike from the trailhead in Gorges State Park and visit Drift Falls, Turtleback Falls, Rainbow Falls and Stairstep Falls before returning to our cars. 

August 14  Buck Spring – Pisgah Inn
6 mi, 1400’cl, R6, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Buck Spring trailhead on US276 we hike the Buck Spring trail to the Pisgah Inn where we eat our bag lunches on the Adirondack chairs.  If we are lucky, we will find our vehicles waiting for us in the parking lot after lunch.

August 21  Big Bradley and Little Bradley Falls
5 mi, 500’cl, R3, $9.00
Meet at BiLo or Atkins Fruit Stand at I26 and Holbert Cove Rd.
From the trailhead on Holbert Cove Road we hike up Cove Creek to the base of Little Bradley Falls.  We retrace our steps and hike down Cove Creek to the Big Bradley Falls rock overlook for lunch.  Then we retrace our steps to our cars.  We experience 4 wet stream crossings along the way.  

August 28  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. 

September 4  MST – Wolf Bald
6mi, 700’cl, R5, $5.50
Meet at St. Philips
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. 

September  11  Big East Fork
6.0 mi, 900’cl, R6, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Big East Fork trailhead on US 276 we hike the Big East Fork of the Pigeon River upstream to the Looking Glass Rock Overlook on the Parkway.  The drivers will do an out-and back hike from the Overlook.  They will meet the main group on their way back to the cars. 

September 18 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. 

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.

October 10  (Thursday)  Pisgah Hikers Octoberfest Celebration
Holmes State Forest