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 […]

Shut-in, Explorer, & Sleepy Gap Loop

| November 13, 2020

Shut-in, Explorer, & Sleepy Gap Loop

5 miles; 900 feet total ascent; Asheville, NC This wasn’t exactly the route I had originally planned, but I wasn’t able to park where I thought I needed to, so revised the route. I also took a bit of a shortcut, which was harder than I thought it would be, so that was kind of […]

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 […]

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