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–828-553-6533;
Craig Smith–240-416-5971;

Wednesday Striders Fall 2017 Schedule

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

September 27   MTS – Wolf Bald
6mi, 700’cl, R5, $5.00
Meet at St. Philips
From the Rough Butt Bald overlook on the BRP we hike the MTS/Buckeye Gap trail to the user trail to Wolf Bald overlook. We locate the MTS trail and follow it to the Bubbling Springs waterfall for lunch. We return to our shuttle on NC215.

October 4  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.

October 11  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.

October 18   Sunset Hike!  Panthertown — High Bethel Alter
6 mi, 1050’ cl, R8, $4.00
Meet at St. Philips; 3:00
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 Bethel Alter where we enjoy the sunset (6:54 pm) for dinner.  Please bring a headlamp or flashlight for the hike back to the cars.

October 25     Foothills Trail – Sassafras Mountain
Meet at St. Philips
6 mi, 1600’ cl, R8, $4.00
From the Sassafras Mountain parking lot we hike the Foothills trail along the NC/SC border to Bigspring Mountain and back.

November 1  Dupont–3 falls, 3 lakes, 1 vista
7 mi, 1200’ cl, R6, $1.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Hooker Falls parking lot we visit 3 falls, 3 lakes and one vista on our way back to our shuttle at Corn Mill Shoals parking.

November 8    Dupont–Grassy Creek Falls – Wintergreen Falls
7 mi, 600’cl, R5, $1.00
From the Sky Valley Road parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike the Buck Forest Road to the Grassy Creek Falls trail to Grassy Creek Falls.  We retrace our steps and hike Thomas Cemetery road, Tarkiln Branch road and the Wintergreen Falls trail to Wintergreen Falls for lunch.  We return to our cars via the Wintergreen Falls trail and Tarkiln Branch road.

November  9 – 10 Annual Fall Outing—Amacalola Falls State Park – Hike Inn
We will head to Amacalola Falls State Park in Northeast Georgia and hike to the Hike Inn where we spend the night.  Some hikers will leave on Wednesday morning to camp in the park before hiking to the Hike Inn.

November 15  Caesars Head–Ravencliff Falls
7 mi, 1600’ cl, R10, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Ravencliff Falls parking lot on US276 we walk north a ways on US276 to Gum Gap Road.  From there we walk the road to the Gum Gap trail to the Naturland Trust trail to the swinging bridge over Matthews Creek.  We retrace our steps and walk the Gum Gap trail to the Ravencliff Falls trail to the covered shelter overlook for lunch.  We again retrace our steps and hike the Ravencliff Falls trail back to the parking lot.

November 22   Sycamore Cove – Grassy Cove
5 mi, 800’, R5, $0.00
Meet at BiLo
Starting at the Art Loeb trailhead on US276 we hike the Art Loeb, Sycamore Cove, Grassy Cove and Black Mountain trails back to our cars.

November 29   Moore Cove and Beyond Beyond
6.4 mi, 1300’ cl, R10, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
From Moore Cove parking we hike past Moore Cove Falls and keep hiking up and up until we reach Avery Creek Road.  From there we hike the Bennett Gap trail to one of the overlooks for lunch.  We continue to the Coontree Loop trail and hike the north leg to our shuttle on US276.

December 6  Lower Whitewater Falls
5 mi, 1300’cl, R7, $5.00
Meet at St. Philips
From the Bad Creek trailhead on the Foothills trail we hike to the Lower Falls overlook for lunch.  On the way back we drop down on a user trail to the landing on the falls to look for Dave Gunther’s camera.

December 13   Jones Gap – Cold Spring Branch
6 mi, 1375’ cl, R8, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From its start at Tom’s Gate on US276 we hike the Jones Gap trail to the bridge over the Middle Prong of the Saluda River and past a beautiful waterfall along the way.  Then we hike the Cold Spring Branch trail back to our shuttle on US276.

December 20   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 27   Happy Holidays – No Planned Hike