Hike Schedule 2017 Format
ALL-DAY WEEKEND

Sunday No. A2001-209      Jan 05, 2020
Buckwheat Knob - Coontree Loop 8:30 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 70, 2200 ft. ascent, Rated B-AA, p400
Lorraine Bernhardt, 828-676-0255, cell 828-699-8857, lsbernhardt50@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 9:00 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. From the trailhead at Coontree Picnic Area, we'll climb along beautiful Coontree Creek through open forest up to Bennett Gap and on to Buckwheat Knob for lunch, then return via the other segment of the Coontree loop. A moderate woodland hike with exceptional views from the ridgeline.
Topo(s): Shining Rock

hike report: This was a beautiful sunny day that started cool but became more comfortable. Nice winter views along the ridgeline with two scenic breaks for a snack and lunch. We had 14 enthusiastic hikers. It was a great way to start 2020!


Saturday No. A2001-530      Jan 11, 2020
Rice Pinnacle P.L. #1 - sunny side of Bent Creek 10:00 AM
Hike 7.0, Drive 10, 900 ft. ascent, Rated B-C, p400
Marcia Bromberg, 828-505-0471, cell 860-798-9905, mwbromberg@yahoo.com
Only Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26. This variation of hike #530 will be a 6 to 8 mile ramble on the sunny side of Bent Creek Road, with good views of Hominy Valley and Ingles Field. The exact route will depend on which roads and parking areas are accessible on this winter day.
Topo(s): Skyland

Sunday No. A2001-826      Jan 12, 2020
Corn Mill Shoals P.L. #4 Cedar Rock 8:30 AM
Hike 9.8, Drive 90, 1300 ft. ascent, Rated A-B,
Michael Cornn, 828-458-1281, mcornn@aol.com and Kathy Cornn/Kyle, 828-458-1281, katherinenkyle@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 9:00 AM
This three-loop hike will explore a rock quarry, mountain vistas and river views.
Topo(s): Standingstone Mtn

hike report: Fourteen of us hiked this series of figure eights on a sunny and warm January day in DuPont State Forest. We had to modify the hike because of heavy rains the night before the hike. The bridge crossing Little River after lunch on Cedar Rock was flooded as well as the trail past the bridge, according to hikers and bike riders we met on the trail, so we retraced part of our steps and saw a flooded Corn Shoals, added the Nooks Trail, which was less than a half mile loop, and then completed Burnt Mountain Trail loop before ending the hike at about 4 p.m. Several of us ate at Nine Mile in Asheville after the hike.

scout report: Michael and I scouted our January hike December 1st, which turned out to be the perfect hiking day. The views were incredibly clear. The hike is a labyrinth in Dupont, but with well marked junctions. It’s a combination of various trails and includes a view of Corn Shoals, Cedar Rock and the old quarry. There were mountain bike riders on the trails, but overall there wasn’t a lot of traffic. We also saw a few deer in the distance on the last loop of the hike. We started at about 11 and were finished a little after 4. Afterwards we ate at Sora’s, so we’ll probably eat there again after the hike in January.


Sunday No. A2001-270      Jan 19, 2020
Cedar Rock Mountain and John Rock 9:00 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 80, 2000 ft. ascent, Rated B-AA, p400
Debby Jones, 404-731-3119, Djones715@aol.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 9:30 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. This trip features two of the spectacular bare rock faces in the Pisgah National Forest, with great views from both. Starting at the Fish Hatchery, we'll have our major climb up to Cat Gap and then on to Cedar Rock to enjoy the view during lunch. We'll return via John Rock.
Topo(s): Shining Rock

Saturday No. A2001-1      Jan 25, 2020
Case Camp - Seniard Ridge Loop 8:30 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 80, 1800 ft. ascent, Rated B-A, p400,wc100
Brenda Worley, 828-684-8656, cell 828-606-7297, bjdworley@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 9:00 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. This loop hike is scheduled for our coldest month to see 50-ft. frozen cascades along the closed Blue Ridge Parkway. We'll do a two-mile climb up to the MST and some gentle MST hiking before our lunch spot with great views of the mountains. After lunch, we'll hike downhill through beautiful woods on the Seniard Ridge Trail.
Topo(s): Shining Rock

scout report: Thanks to Debby for scouting this lovely hike with me. We started out on the trail at 9:05 and got back to the car at 2:10. The trail is in good shape but the first one and one-half miles is pretty much straight up with a 900' elevation gain. The rest of the trail is up and down until we reach the area on the parkway with the icicles. After that it is down hill until at the end when we climb up a short way back to the cars. Of course, there were no icicles but the waterfalls, Log Hollow and Logging Rd, were both beautiful and full of water due to the recent rains. It is possible that the gate on the access road will be closed which will require that we walk an additional .7 miles each way. My GPS recorded the hike at 7.83 miles with a 1960' climb. This is different from what is shown in the hike database. I will check it again during the hike before I make a change in the database.


Sunday No. A2001-892      Jan 26, 2020
NC 191 to Folk Art Center 9:00 AM
Hike 13.7, 2050 ft. ascent, Rated AA-AA, at-mst
Les Love, 828-658-1489, cell 828-230-1861, lesrlove55@gmail.com and Catherine Love, 828-658-1489, catmlove2@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: back parking lot of Folk Art Center. Everyone had so much fun with this hike in previous years that we decided to do it again. Great workout hike for the winter over the rolling Biltmore section of the MST. Car shuttle.
Topo(s): Asheville

Sunday No. A2001-518      Feb 02, 2020
Five Waterfalls in S.C. 8:00 AM
Hike 6.7, Drive 170, 500 ft. ascent, Rated B-C, wc100
Sallye Sanders, 208-550-2070, sallye_sanders@yahoo.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. Visit five great waterfalls in South Carolina, all on the Waterfall 100 Challenge: Spoonauger, King Creek, Yellow Branch, Issaqueena and Station Cove. All are in-and-out hikes, with 1-2 miles round trip each. Long drive and long day, but well worth it with waterfalls.
Topo(s): Tamassee

Sunday No. A2001-551      Feb 09, 2020
Davidson Campground - Fish Hatchery via Cat Gap 8:00 AM
Hike 10.0, Drive 70, 2200 ft. ascent, Rated A-AA, p400,wc100
Donna Lanning, 828-684-7083, cell 828-606-7956, dblanning@bellsouth.net
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. This will be a moderately-paced hike on the Art Loeb Trail and via Cat Gap, with lunch atop Chestnut Knob. Car shuttle.
Topo(s): Pisgah Forest,Shining Rock

Saturday No. A2001-328      Feb 15, 2020
Hardtimes P.L. #1 - Ingles Field 10:00 AM
Hike 7.5, Drive 10, 800 ft. ascent, Rated B-C,
Barbara Morgan, 828-460-7066, barbc129@gmail.com
Only Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26. Come out to enjoy a moderate hike in the Bent Creek area. From Hardtimes Trailhead, we’ll do a loop hike around Lake Powhatan, Explorer and Sidehill Trails, and descend past Ingles Field to our cars.
Topo(s): Dunsmore Mt

Sunday No. A2001-631      Feb 16, 2020
High Falls P.L. #2 - Triple, High, Bridal Veil & 2 lakes 8:30 AM
Hike 10.0, Drive 70, 1500 ft. ascent, Rated A-B, wc100
Susan Hutson, 336-406-9279, picassue48@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 9:00 AM
This hike goes to three of the best waterfalls and two lakes in DuPont Forest. We will go to Triple and High Falls and then to Lake Dense. After lunch at the lake, we'll use Conservation Rd. and cross the dam at Lake Julia. We'll hike to the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls, and then Lake Julia Rd. After a stop at the picnic tables overlooking the lake, we'll return via Conservation and Buck Forest Roads.

Sunday No. A2001-349      Feb 23, 2020
Buck Spring Trail 8:00 AM
Hike 12.0, Drive 70, 1500 ft. ascent, Rated A-B, at-mst, p400
Sharon Smith, 704-877-7804, waltersharon204@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. This lovely hike gradually switchbacks up the mountain with a stronger grade at the finale. There are several easy creek crossings. After lunch, we will hike back downhill to our cars.
Topo(s): Cruso,Shining Rock

Saturday No. A2001-909      Feb 29, 2020
Asheville Camino del Norte Walk 9:00 AM
Hike 10.0, 500 ft. ascent, Rated A-C,
Danny Bernstein, 828-450-0747, danny@hikertohiker.com
Only Meeting Place: Asheville Visitor Center (36 Montford Ave) lowest level of parking lot. Walk the Asheville Camino del Norte, a 10-mile easy walk on sidewalks and trails. See North Asheville, University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Botanical Gardens. Have a café con leche at the historic Grove Park Inn. The hike simulates a short day on the Camino. Wear good sneakers or low boots. Bring water, lunch and snacks. We'll stop for morning coffee but feel free to bring all your own food. For more information about the route, see www.ashevillecamino.org/about.html.

Sunday No. A2001-330      Mar 01, 2020
Raven Cliff Falls 9:00 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 95, 1450 ft. ascent, Rated B-B, wc100
Karen Lachow, 703-395-5879, heyk127@hotmail.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 9:30 AM
We’ll do a pleasant walk to the pedestrian bridge over the top of a beautiful 250-ft. waterfall in Caesar’s Head State Park in S.C. The hike will follow the Raven Cliff Falls Trail and a portion of the Foothills Trail to the bridge and return on the same trails. $2 per person park fee.
Topo(s): Table Rock

Sunday No. A2001-51      Mar 08, 2020
White Oak Flats, Pounding Mill, Hickey Fork 9:00 AM
Hike 7.5, Drive 85, 1900 ft. ascent, Rated B-A,
Tish Desjardins, 828-380-1452, desraylet@aol.com
First Meeting Place: 160 Zillicoa St. (USFS parking lot) off Exit 25 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: US 25/NC 208 intersection at 9:30 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. NOTE: First day of DST. Starting at the footbridge over Hickey Fork, we'll do a nice loop hike using three different trails and finishing on heavily-rebuilt Hickey Fork Rd.
Topo(s): White Rock

Saturday No. A2001-715      Mar 14, 2020
Big Falls - Thompson River 9:30 AM
Hike 7.5, Drive 115, 1750 ft. ascent, Rated B-A, wc100
Daisy Teng Karasek, 828-505-2036, cell 408-887-3666, daisytk@yahoo.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 10:00 AM
This interesting new CMC hike will follow the Foothills Trail to and over the Thompson River bridge, then follow a manway for 1/2-mile upriver to the bottom of Big Falls.
Topo(s): Reid

Sunday No. A2001-916      Mar 15, 2020
Toms Creek to Woods Mountain 8:00 AM
Hike 8.0, Drive 80, 2600 ft. ascent, Rated B-AA,
Jim Reel, 828-738-0751, cell 828-443-2532, jimr57@yahoo.com
First Meeting Place: River Ridge Market Place behind CVS off Exit 53B of I-40.
Second Meeting Place: McDonald's at US 70 and US 221 Bypass in Marion at 8:30 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. This new CMC hike will explore the south side of Woods Mountain, beginning off Old Toms Creek Rd., hiking up to Woods Mountain. The return will be half via the same trail, and half on another trail.

Sunday No. A2001-480      Mar 22, 2020
Buck Spring to US 276 via Barnett Branch Trail 8:00 AM
Hike 11.9, Drive 70, 2000 ft. ascent, Rated A-AA, p400
Sarah Broughton, 828-564-3662, sarahebroughton@icloud.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
Form carpools and meet leader at second meeting place. This strenuous hike will start at the Buck Spring Trailhead on US 276 and hike down to the maintenance yard via a series of trails. It will feature great views from Clawhammer and Black Mountains along the way. Car shuttle.
Topo(s): Shining Rock

Saturday No. A2001-364      Mar 28, 2020
Buckhorn Gap and Club Gap Loop 8:00 AM
Hike 10.5, Drive 80, 1320 ft. ascent, Rated A-B, p400
Judy Magura, 828-606-1490, quilter290@gmail.com and Jim Magura, 828-606-3989, jqs290@gmail.com
First Meeting Place: Asheville Outlets parking lot behind Waffle House off Exit 33 of I-26.
Second Meeting Place: Pisgah Forest Bi-Lo at 8:30 AM
This will be a loop with beautiful early spring views. We will begin from the Pink Beds parking area to the gauging station, with a rock-hop crossing of the S. Mills River (dry unless there has been heavy rain), then over the S. Mills and Buckhorn Gap Trails to Buckhorn Gap for lunch at the shelter. Next we’ll follow the Black Mtn. Trail to Club Gap and back to our cars.
Topo(s): Pisgah Forest,Shining Rock

Sunday No. A2001-782      Mar 29, 2020
Thomas Divide - Mingus Mill 8:00 AM
Hike 11.5, Drive 125, 1400 ft. ascent, Rated A-B,
Mike Knies, 828-628-6712, knies06@att.net
First Meeting Place: Home Depot off Exit 44 of I-40.
Second Meeting Place: Maggie Valley Post Office at 8:30 AM - but contact leader first.
A scenic early spring hike on the Thomas Divide, Newton Bald and Mingus Creek Trails. Should be some early spring flowers along the way. Note: 4000 ft. descent. Car shuttle.
Topo(s): Clingmans Dome,Smokemont