Pinetree & Explorer Loops

| January 14, 2021

Pinetree & Explorer Loops

5.6 miles; 434 ft. total ascent; Asheville, NC Another trip around these two pretty trails. I saw nary a soul for the first 3 or so miles, then it was trail runners and mountain bikers up the wazoo. Just goes to show, you really have to keep alert. These are still, imo, some of the […]

Warren Wilson River Trail

| December 3, 2020

Warren Wilson River Trail

6.26 miles; 94 feet total ascent; Asheville and Swannanoa, NC Today’s hike was a kinder gentler jaunt on a mostly flat river trail, which may have technically been illegal, as the trail, which is on the property of Warren Wilson College, is closed to the general public due to COVID considerations. This hike started and […]

MTS—French Broad Overlook to Route 25

| November 5, 2020

MTS—French Broad Overlook to Route 25

6.6 miles; 507 feet ascent; Asheville and Arden, NC Did my “Lyft” thing today. Parked at the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Parking area off Route 25 and got a Lyft ride to the French Broad Overlook and hiked back. This is much better for me than an out-and-back, because I am so deeply and fundamentally lazy that […]

Deer Lake Lodge/Wolf Branch Loop

| October 26, 2020

Deer Lake Lodge/Wolf Branch Loop

5.78 miles; 374 ft. ascent; Asheville, NC This was a beautiful little hike (under 6 miles for a change) with not a lot of elevation and in the woods almost entirely. It was more reminiscent of hiking in Arcadia. There was a small stretch of boring forest road—I’ve grown to dislike those roads—and much more […]

Rice Pinnacle/Ledford Loop

| September 23, 2020

Rice Pinnacle/Ledford Loop

5.7 miles; Asheville, NC This is a pleasant little walk through the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Mostly on gravel forest roads and heavily trafficked by mountain bikers. So many mountain bikers! Unlike most hikes in Western North Carolina, this one didn’t have any waterfalls or spectacular views. And astonishingly, very little total elevation gain, about […]

Walker Creek Trail

| May 13, 2020

Walker Creek Trail

7.02 miles; Barnardsville, NC Hey, Beakers, sorry for the long wait between posts. Been feeling a bit down, so I haven’t been out as much as I should. That said, this last one almost killed me! I felt I needed a short-ish hike to get back into the swing of things, and picked this one […]

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