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 […]

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 […]

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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