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 2018 Schedule

September 26  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 enjoy 7 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/drying feet at each crossing.

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

October 3  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 10  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 17   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 18 Octoberfest!
Calling all past and present Pisgah Hikers:
There will be a Pisgah Hiker Fall Octoberfest Picnic on Thursday, October 18th at Holmes Educational Forest Pavilion
Hike will begin at 9:30.   Picnic at 12:30
If you are able to attend, bring a side dish to accompany bratwursts or a dessert.
Bottled water, paper plates and table service pieces will be provided.
Bring $2.00 per person to cover expenses.
Make reservations by Sunday, October 14th to or 828-685-2994

October 24     Dupont—Stone Mountain
7 mi, 1200’ cl, R5, $1.00|
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Guion Farm parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike to Stone Mountain and back.

October 31  John Rock
6 mi., 1280’cl., R8, $1.50
Meet at BiLo
Starting at the Fish Hatchery we hike counter clockwise on the Cat Gap Loop, By-pass and John Rock trails with lunch at the overlook.

November 7   Dupont–3 falls, 3 lakes, 1 vista
7 mi, 1200’ cl, R6, $0.00
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 14  Cold Springs Branch – Jones Gap – Killer Miller Trails
6 mi, 1300’ cl
Meet at Cedar Mountain

November 21   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  Road and Black Mountain trails back to our cars.

November 28   Looking Glass Rock
6.0 mi, 1800’, R4, $1.50
Meet at BiLo

From the Looking Glass Rock trailhead we hike to the summit and the overlook.  On our way back we stop for lunch at the helipad overlook.

December 5  Whitewater Falls
7 mi, 1850’cl, R7, $5.00
Meet at St. Philips
From the Bad Creek trailhead on the Foothills trail we hike to the Lower Whitewater Falls overlook.  We retrace our steps and hike the Foothills Trail up the Whitewater River.  After lunch at the bridge we hike to the Upper Whitewater Falls where our shuttle awaits.  (Don’t forget to bring your National Park Pass for the entrance fee.)

December 12   MST – BRP
6 mi, 1400’cl, R6, $2.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Cold Mountain overlook we hike out and back alternately on the BRP and MST. Lunch at Penny Rock.

December 19   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 26   Happy Holidays – No Planned Hike