Another Bent Creek Loop

| January 4, 2021

Another Bent Creek Loop

7.8 miles; 640 feet total ascent; Asheville, NC I may be finally getting jaded about the trails in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. This one was fine, but nothing special. Large portion of forest road, and some trails I’ve been on before… meh. Or maybe it’s just me. (Hike 1/52 of the 52-hike challenge). Bent […]

Bent Creek Loop

| December 22, 2020

Bent Creek Loop

9.15 miles; 1,261-feet total ascent; Asheville That’s kind of a generic name, but there are so many trails in this area. This hike included parts of the Boyd Branch Trail, the Boyd Logging Trail, the Little Hickory Top Trail, North Boundary Road, the Greens Lick Trail, Laurel Branch Road, and the Lower Sidehill Trails. It […]

Wolf Knob Loop

| November 20, 2020

Wolf Knob Loop

8.2 miles; 965 feet total ascent; Asheville, NC This was a great hike. Why? First, because it was a great day… cool, crisp, and sunny. Second, because it was long enough to satisfy me. Third, because good grief, the views from the highest points! Fourth, because I found a couple cool detour/shortcuts. And fifth, because […]

Homestead, Pinetree, & Explorer Trails

| November 6, 2020

Homestead, Pinetree, & Explorer Trails

7.7 miles; 595 feet ascent; Asheville, NC Really beginning to love this trail complex, despite the mad number of mountain bikers who also use it. The second half of the Explorer Loop Trail, which I hiked clockwise, was one of the best walks in the woods I think I’ve ever had. Gorgeous. Soothing. Serene. You […]

Shorter South Ridge Road Loop

| November 3, 2020

Shorter South Ridge Road Loop

7.5 miles; 563 feet ascent; Asheville, NC I’ve had this one in my “Hikes I’d Like to Do” list for a while. The first half was great, in that it was exactly the end part of yesterday’s hike around Lake Powhatan. But the 2nd half was all on forest roads, and as I may have […]

Hard Times/Owl Ridge Loop

| October 23, 2020

Hard Times/Owl Ridge Loop

7.7 miles; 524 feet ascent; Asheville, NC A variation on the Hard Times/Arboretum Loop which I thought would be shorter but, no, nope, not shorter at all. Longer. Okay. Also, at about the 4.9 mile mark, it started to rain, and I mean RAIN. I got very wet. Although I must say I loved the […]

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