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 Spring 2018 Schedule

March  28    Cold Springs Branch –  Jones Gap
7 mi, 1375’ cl, R8, $0.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From the Ravencliff Falls parking lot on US276 we hike the Coldsprings Branch trail to the Jones Gap trail.  After passing “The Winds” we hike the “Killer” Miller trail back to our cars.  Please bring $2.00 for the SC State Park fee.

April 4 Twin Falls – Clawhammer
6 mi, 800’cl, R5, $1.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Avery Creek trailhead on Avery Creek Road we hike to Twin Falls and return via the Buckhorn Gap, Clawhammer Road and Clawhammer trails.

April 11   Moore Cove and Beyond the Figure 8 Way
6 mi, 1600’cl, R8, $1.50
Meet at BiLo
From the Moore Cove trailhead we hike several user trails eventually passing Moore Cove falls.

April 18    Slate Rock
5 mi, 1100’cl, R6, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
From the Slate Rock trailhead on Yellow Gap Road we hike along Slate Rock Creek past Slate Rock Creek Falls.  After crossing the creek we hike the Slate Rock Ridge to Slate Rock for lunch before descending to our shuttle at the Pilot Cove trailhead.

April 25 Jones Gap – Rainbow Falls
5 mi, 1300’cl, R5, $5.00
Meet at Cedar Mountain
From its trailhead at Jones Gap State Park we hike the Jones Gap trail to the Rainbow Falls trail to Rainbow Falls for lunch. We return by the reverse route enjoying stops along Cox Camp Creek and the Saluda River along the way.  You’ll need $5.00 for admission into the park.

May 2    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.

Please Note: Effective May 9 we return to the “Summer Schedule” with hikes starting at 8:30.

May 9   Pilot Mountain
5 mi, 1900’cl, R8, $3.00
Meet at BiLo
Starting at Gloucester Gap, we walk the Art Loeb trail to the summit of Pilot Mountain. Hopefully we’ll get to enjoy the pink shell azaleas in bloom along the way. We continue north on the Art Loeb trail and walk FS229 back to our cars.

May 16 Bearwallow Mountain
5 mi, 1700’cl, R10, $7.00
Meet at BiLo or Ingles I26 & US64
At 4,232 feet above sea level, Bearwallow Mountain stands as the highest peak in the widely-visible Bearwallow Highlands range.  From the Bearwallow Mountain trailhead near Gerton, NC we hike to the top of Bearwallow Mountain for a view of 60 miles of the BRP.  We continue onto Little Bearwallow Mountain enjoying views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge down to the cliffs before retracing our steps to the cars.

May 23 Panthertown Waterfalls
8 mi, 1500’, R8, $6.00
Meet St. Philips
From the Salt Rock trailhead in Panthertown we hike the Panthertown valley to Warden Falls and Schoolhouse Falls. Then we continue on to Little Green, Tranquility Point, Granny Burrell Falls, Frolichtown Falls and Wilderness Falls before we return to our cars.

May 30  23 Feature hike – East Loop
6 mi, 1300’cl, R8, $4.00
Meet at BiLo
This 16 feature hike (yes, it’s not 1/2 of 23!) starts from the Big Sam parking lot at the end of FS816. We hike the Art Loeb Spur trail to the Art Loeb trail to the Black Balsam Ridge. After a side trip to Black Balsam, we continue on the Art Loeb trail to the MST to the Little Sam trail enjoying many features along the way. We hike the Little Sam and Flat Laurel Creek trails back to our cars.

June 6    23 Feature Hike –West Loop
8mi, 1000’cl, R8, $4.50
Meet at St. Philips
From the MST crossing on NC215 we hike east on the MST with a side trip to Devils Courthouse.   From there we hike the MST, Little Sam and Flat Laurel Creek trails back to NC215.  We then walk the road back to our cars.

June 13 MST – Skinny Dip Falls
6mi, 630’cl, 2000’descent, R6, $3.50
Meet at BiLo
We drop a shuttle at the Looking Glass Rock overlook and start our hike from the MST crossing on Big Sam Road. We go down and up and down to Skinny Dip Falls for lunch and then up to our shuttle.

June 20    Fly Poison Hike
5 mi, 675’cl, R4, $5.50
Meet at St. Philips
From Bear Pen Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway we hike the MST to the Rough Butt Bald overlook where our shuttle awaits. We will enjoy the fly poison blooms along the way.

June 27   Thompson River Falls
8mi, 1300’cl, R8, $4.50
Meet at St. Philips
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.