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 Fall9:00 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 2020 Schedule

Note:  In view of the COVID-19 pandemic there will be no official carpooling.  No shuttle hikes have been scheduled.  Hikes will be limited to 10 hikers.  Hikers will need to be present at the trailhead before 9:00.  Hikes have been selected so that there is adequate parking at the trailhead. Social distancing of 6 feet between hikers will be practiced. 

June 24   Thompson River Falls
5 mi, 1300’cl, R5
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.

July 1  Seniard Ridge
5mi, R4
From the Case Camp trailhead on FS475B we hike the Case Camp trail to a user trail to the Seniard Ridge trail.  From there we hike to Upper Log Hollow Falls and Discovery Falls on the Seniard Ridge trail.  We retrace our steps back to our cars.

July 8 Black Balsam – Tennant
5mi, 600’cl, R5
From the Big Sam Parking lot we walk FS816 the Black Balsam trailhead at the Art Loeb trail/MST crossing. Then we hike to Black Balsam and Tennent. We continue on the Art Loeb trail to the Ivester Gap trail back to our cars.

July 15 Shining Creek
5 mi, 1000’cl, R6
From the Shining Creek trailhead on US276 we hike up Shining Creek for a ways before turning around.

July 22 Bridal Veil Falls
8 mi, 1000’, R7
From the Fawn Lake parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike the ReasonoverCreek trail to Lake Julia and continue on to Bridal Veil Falls for lunch.  Then we 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 29 Turkey Pen – Vineyard Gap – Riverside
7 mi, 850’cl, R5
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 5  Tanasee  Bald – Herrin Knob – Mt. Hardy
6 mi, 850’cl, R7
From the Rough Butt Bald Overlook on the BRP we hike the Parkway to the user trail over Herrin Knob and Tanasee Bald to the Courthouse Valley Overlook. We hike the Parkway to the Mt Hardy user trail and hike it to the Mt. Hardy summit. Then we hike the Green Mountain trail to the Wolf Bald overlook for lunch.  We finish by hiking the MST to the Rough Butt Bald overlook where our cars await.   Sounds complicated?  It is!

August 12  Graveyard Fields – Pisgah Ridge – Upper Falls
5 mi, 900’ cl, R5
From the Graveyard Fields parking lot we hike the Pisgah Ridge trail to FS816.  Then we hike a user trail to the Upper Falls and continue on the Upper Falls trail to our cars. 

August 19  Blueberries!
5 mi, 500’cl, R6
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 26  Caney Bottom/Cove Creek
5 mi., 600’cl., R5
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 2 Horsepasture River Waterfalls
6 mi, 900’cl, R6
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.

September  9  Big East Fork–In and Out
6.0 mi, 1300’cl, R6
From the Big East Fork trailhead on US 276 we hike the Big East Fork of the Pigeon River upstream to the Lunch Rock and back.

September 16 Mt. Pisgah Loop
6mi, 1000’cl R7, $3.50
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 23   Big Sam
4 mi, 600’cl, R5, $4.50
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.

September 30  To be Announced