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.  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. 

Note:  We resume our 9:30 start time for the next hike.

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  Barnett Branch – Gaging Station
7 mi, 500’cl, R5

Note: For this hike we will meet at the Pink Beds parking lot/trailhead at 9:00. From there we will caravan to the Barnett Branch trailhead on Yellow Gap Road.
From the Barnett Branch parking lot on Yellow Gap Road we hike the Barnett Branch, Pink Beds and Pink Beds – Gaging Station Connector trails.

October 7 Looking Glass Rock
6.0 mi, 1800’, R4

Note: Due to the popularity of Looking Glass Rock hikers are asked to wear masks as necessary.
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.

October 14 Pilot Rock/Laurel Mountain
5 mi, 885’cl’,R6
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 21 Case Camp
5mi, 1600’cl. R7

From the Case Camp trailhead on FSR 475B we hike the Case Camp trail to the Parkway. We scramble up to the MST and hike it past the Cherry Cove overlook. We return by walking the Parkway to the Case Camp trail back to our cars.

October 28 23 Feature Hike –West Loop
8mi, 1000’cl, R8

From the MST crossing on NC215 we walk the road to the Flat Laurel Creek trailhead.  From there we hike the Flat Laurel Creek and Little Sam trails to the MST.  After a detour to visit Devil’s Courthouse we continue on the MST to our cars.

November 4 Dupont—Stone Mountain
7 mi, 1200’ cl, R5

From the Guion Farm parking lot in Dupont State Forest we hike to Stone Mountain and back.

November 11 Cancelled

November 18 Table Rock
7 mi, 2500’ cl, R10

From the Table Rock Nature Center parking lot in Table Rock State Park in South Carolina we hike the Table Rock trail to the overlook and back. You’ll need $6.00 for admission to the park.

November 25 Happy Thanksgiving—No Planned Hike

December 2 Caesars Head–Ravencliff Falls
7 mi, 1600’ cl, R10

Meet at the Ravencliff Falls Trailhead at 9:30.
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.

December 9 Moore Cove and Beyond the Figure 8 Way
6 mi, 1600’cl, R8

From the Moore Cove trailhead on US276 we hike several user trails eventually passing Moore Cove falls.

December 16 John Rock
6 mi., 1280’cl., R8

Starting at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education (Fish Hatchery) we hike counter clockwise on the Cat Gap Loop, By-pass and John Rock trails with lunch at the overlook.

December 23 Merry Christmas – No Planned Hike

December 30 Happy New Year—No Planned Hike