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 Summer 2021 Schedule

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 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.

June 23   Thompson River Falls
8mi, 1300’cl, R8, $5.00
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, $3.00
Meet at BiLo

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

July 7  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 14 Black Balsam/Tennant Mt
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 21 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 28 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.

August 4 Turkey Pen – Vineyard Gap – Riverside
7 mi, 600’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 11  Horsepasture River Waterfalls
6 mi, 900’cl, R6, $3.50
Meet at St. Philips
We will 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 18  Blueberries!
5 mi, 500’cl, R6, $4.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Big Sam parking lot we hike Ivester Gap road to Flower Knob (Blueberry Hill) where we will fill our containers. Hopefully we will only spill half of them on the long hike back to our cars.

August 25    Big Bradley and Little Bradley Falls
5 mi, 500’cl, R3, $9.00
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. 

September 1  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 8          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  15  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.  They will meet the main group along the way back to the cars.

September 22        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 29        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.