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 […]

Lake Powhatan Loop

| November 2, 2020

Lake Powhatan Loop

4.7 miles; 383 feet total ascent; Asheville, NC This was a route I basically created using the “make route” function in gaia.gps. The app allows you to draw a route, it snaps to existing trails and roads, so you get a pretty good estimation of the mileage and ascent. The mileage wasn’t entirely accurate, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Laurel River Trail

| October 20, 2020

Laurel River Trail

9.73 miles; 7 feet ascent; Marshall, NC Oh, wow, what a beautiful trail! And considering it’s in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it’s a remarkably flat trail, too, with only 7 total feet of ascent. It follows the Laurel River out to its confluence with the French Broad River. Again, though, AllTrails said it […]

FW: Sleepy Gap to Bent Creek River Park

| October 12, 2020

FW: Sleepy Gap to Bent Creek River Park

7.7 miles; 475′ ascent; Arden and Asheville, NC Another Feisty Women hike. This has a heck of a lot less ascent than it felt like. Most of the climbing is at the beginning. Only had to stop while gasping for air once, so getting better. We had a lot of rain this past weekend as […]

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