West Ridge Trail to Little Piney

HARD 6 reviews
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West Ridge Trail to Little Piney is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Black Mountain, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.1 miles 1761 feet Loop

dog friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


Steep climb to the ridge, can see great views in the winter. Connects with west ridge trail and big piney trail. You can make a big loop- making it a 4.5 mile hike.

1 month ago

Rattlesnake rock was such an incredible view!! Fun hike up, treacherous at times on the way down.

3 months ago

Great hike. Gearing up for a backpacking trip in October. This will get your trail legs going. The descents are tough. Where's the Advil? I wasn't familiar with the area. It's tucked away in rather residential section. You really have to look for the trail heads, and figure out parking. Take a trail map!

3 months ago

Pretty difficult hike, great views and steep dissents!

5 months ago

Great trail for hard hike. Very steep inclines and descents.

7 months ago

This is THE most beautiful hike I've done in North Carolina! The overlook called rattlesnake-rock shows a humungoes view of many ridlelines on mt's directly across a valley. in the valley you can see many buildings. I recommend hiking a little was past rattlesnake-rock and taking the connection to the west ridge trail. taking this connection makes it a 5.5 mile hike but its worth it. The west ridge trail has very good scenery through most of the hike. I hiked this in April and the amount that you can see is amazing for a summer hike!