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 Friday Rollers hikes.  Hikes range from 5 to 8 miles in length.  Please contact one of the hike leaders before hiking with this group. 

COVID 19 Policy: All Wednesday Striders will be required to be fully vaccinated including their booster shots.  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.

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.

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, Walmart and the Cedar Mountain 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 Winter 2022 Schedule

December 22, 2021   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. 

December 29, 2021   Happy Holidays – No Planned Hike

January 5, 2022    Pressley Cove -– Maxwell Cove – Bennett Gap
6 mi, 1000’cl, R5, $1.00
Meet at Walmart

From the Pressley Cove trailhead on Avery Creek road we hike the Pressley Cove trail to Clawhammer Road.  We hike to the Maxwell Cove trailhead and continue down Maxwell Cove to Avery Creek Road.  Then we hike up a forest service road to a user trail to the Bennett Gap trail to our cars.

January 12  Case Camp
6 mi, 1600’cl. R7, $2.00
Meet at Walmart

From the gate on FSR 475B we walk the road to hike the Case Camp trail to the Parkway then bushwhack to the MST.  From there we hike to the Cherry Cove overlook for lunch.  We return by the Parkway and Case Camp trail back to our cars.

January 19   Devil’s Courthouse and Beyond
7mi, 600’cl, R7, $5.00
Meet at St. Philips

Starting at the gate on NC215 we hike the BRP to Devil’s Courthouse. We hike the MST to the Little Sam trail to the Flat Laurel Creek trail which we follow to its end on NC 215 where we hike back to our cars.

January 26   Looking Glass Rock
6 mi, 1800’cl, R8,   $1.50
Meet at Walmart

We hike to the end of the Looking Glass Rock trail and back.

February 2     Tanasee  Bald – Herrin Knob – Mt. Hardy
6 mi, 1700’cl, R7, $5.00
Meet at St. Philips

From the gate at NC215 and the BRP we walk the Parkway to the Mt. Hardy trailhead.  We hike the Mt. Hardy and Green Mountain trails to the Wolf Bald overlook for lunch.  We finish by hiking the MST to the Rough Butt Bald overlook where we hike the BRP back to our cars.  

February  9  Trace Ridge – Bad Fork
8 mi, 1400’cl, R9, $3.50
Meet at Walmart or Ingles Mills River

Starting on Wash Creek road in the North Mills River Recreation Area we hike the Trace Ridge trail to the BRP.  We hike the BRP through the Ferrin Knob tunnels to the Bad Fork trail.  We hike the road back to our cars.

February 16    MST – BRP Full Moonrise Hike
6 mi, 1400’cl, R6, $2.50
Meet at Walmart

From the Cold Mountain overlook we hike out and back alternately on the BRP and MST. Dinner is served at the Pounding Mill Overlook on the Parkway.

February 23  Art Loeb – Strauss Park Ramble
6 mi, 1200’cl, R6
Meet at Food Matters

From the Lowes parking lot we hike the user trail to the Art Loeb trail.  Then we hike the Art Loeb, Joel Branch and user trail to Camp Carolina.  From there we find our way to Strauss park and Food Matters where our shuttle awaits.

March 2  Bridal Veil Falls
6 mi, 500’, R4, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain

From the Fawn Lake parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike the Reasonover trail to Lake Julia and Bridal Veil Falls.  We eventually find our way back to our cars via assorted trails.

March 9        Ashmore Heritage Preserve
6 mi; 1200′ cl, $2.50
Meet at Cedar Mountain

From the trailhead on SC11 in South Carolina we will hike in the Ashmore Heritage Preserve.  

March 16       Pounding Mill Creek
7 mi, 1350’ cl, R6, $1.50
Meet at Walmart

From Turkey Pen parking we hike the Mullinax, Squirrel Gap, Pounding Mill Creek and South Mills River trails back up that tiresome hill we originally came down.

March 23     Wagon Road Gap to Pink Beds
5 mi, 100’cl, R1,$3.00
Meet at Walmart

From the Cold Mountain overlook on the Parkway we hike to the Wagon Road Gap overlook.  Then we hike down the MST , Barnett Branch and Pink Bed Loop trails to our shuttle at the Pink Beds park lot.

March  30   Moore Cove and Beyond
6 mi, 1300’ cl, R10, $1.00
Meet at Walmart

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.


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