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Mount Sterling Overnight Loop Trail

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Mount Sterling Overnight Loop Trail es un sendero circular de 16.9 millas con tráfico moderado localizado cerca de Waynesville, Carolina del Norte. Tiene una cascada y es calificado como difícil. El sendero ofrece una serie de opciones de actividades y es accesible todo el año. Los caballos también pueden usar este sendero.

Distancia: 16.9 miles Desnivel: 4,281 feet Tipo de ruta: Circular

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mochilear
6 months ago

Such a pretty, moderate hike to the first campground. Hiking up to Mt. Sterling the second night was killer and the view wasn’t what I thought it would be. So the first portion is definitely what made this trip worth it! Be aware & prepared for bears. We had a bear in our site and climbing a tree trying to get food both nights we were there. He wasn’t very scared even though many of us were making noise. Be sure to pack bear spray, just in case!

senderismo
7 months ago

Here's what I did: started with Baxter creek plan on on camping at 37 (about 12 miles). that didn't happen ... the uphill to the fire tower, especially Baxter creek trail, is brutal! This 6.8 miles from the parking to the top took everything out of me. Not only is it a constant uphill, but the elevation change really affects your stamina. I loved the rest of this trail, I ended staying at 38 on the top, even though I didn't technically have a reservation for it. Today I finished the rest of the loop which was all downhill and followed beautiful creeks. I loved this trail, except for Baxter. Hardly any water along the way and trail is very overgrown.

mochilear
7 months ago

First backpacking trip I’ve done in a few years! I stayed at campsite 37 the first night and 38 the second night. For someone that was a bit rusty it was definitely a tough one. There isn’t much of a view up at the top unless you climb the tower, beware though, the boards are loose, rotting, and broken in places. On Baxter creek there are still a handful of down trees that’ll have you scrambling a little bit. 17 more miles for the books!

senderismo
10 months ago

Truly amazing hike. If you’re like me and appreciate the challenge of a trail as much as the views and experience, this is a good one for you! Swallow Fork Trail is a beast, but you’ll feel great once you conquer it. Did this loop end of March and there was a lot of snow and ice at the higher elevations (roughly halfway up Swallow fork and on to summit). The fire tower! I love fire towers, and this was the reason I choose this particular loop and it was worth it and more. I went up and down it a dozen times ha. Sunrise, sunset, middle of the night... each trip was exciting. Well well worth the effort to get up to it! Happy hiking and be safe.

mochilear
10 months ago

Amazing! Went for a 4day, 3 night backpacking trip with my friend. Big Creek Trail first night to Campsite 37: beautiful creek with boulders, waterfalls, very mild hike. Campsite was our favorite of trip. Second day Swallow Fork Trail to Pretty Hollow Trail to Campsite 39: pretty good climb to start day,beautiful scenery, downhill to Campsite. Third day Little Cataloochee Trail to Long Bunk Trail to Mt Sterling Gap Trail to Campsite 38: more beauty, historic cabins, church, and graveyards, creek crossings, climbing, more climbing, wild hogs, hell climb, breath taking vistas. Fourth day Baxter Creek Trail to car: fire tower,insane views, hemlock heaven, downhill all morning, pure bliss. 30+ miles and 4 days of pure bliss!!!! DANG!!

Sun Dec 09 2018

beautiful fall colors.

Tue Nov 20 2018

Beautiful fall colors

Tue Oct 23 2018

Moderately challenging. Firetower at campsite 38 offers some stunning views of Smokey mountain ridges.

mochilear
Sun Sep 09 2018

Fantastic backpacking loop. Definitely challenging. I went clockwise and hot straight uphill the first day, felt like forever to do 6 miles but I got there mid day. Camped by the watch tower(you need permits to back country camp!!!) and watched the sunrise over the great smoky mountains. Next day was allllll down hill but a much more mild grade. Got to finish it off with a little cliff jumping right near the end-that counts as a shower right?

mochilear
Sun Jul 22 2018

I did this trip in July with my 10 year old daughter who was carrying her own pack for the first time. We did it in 2 nights instead just an overnight. The first night we stayed at 37 after a pretty easy day. The second day was much more strenuous, going up hill for 5 miles. But site 38 is worth it. Beautiful views and sunset from the fire tower. The last day was all down hill back to big creek. I'll always have fond memories of the trip.

Fri Jun 23 2017

I took Swallow Fork Gap trail to Mt Sterling Trail to Mt Sterling. The weather was clear. I am an experienced hiker and found this to be a frustrating, but rewarding hike. Frankly, it was ugly (early June), with the trail largely overgrown or rocky, no vistas, and no water source for the entirety of Swallow Fork Gap. The rewarding/redeeming part was getting it done. I would do it again for the sense of reward, but if you want a hike that gives you something pleasant to look at along the way, this is not the trail for you.

Fri Mar 31 2017

hiked this loop counter clockwise over labor day weekend, great weather had a great time!

mochilear
Sun May 22 2016

Did this loop as an overnight hike. Hiked out Big Creek trail to start. This is a very pretty and tranquil hike next to the creek for 5 miles. Relatively easy too. We saw several clusters of butterflies, which was really neat! The next 5 miles of the trail is a relentless 3000' climb up Swallow Fork. Worth it once you get to the top as the views from the fire tower are amazing. We even got to see the beauty of the "smoky" mountains in the morning. The last part of the hike was straight down the mountain on Baxter Creek. This was a semi-boring hike as there isn't much to see except a few water crossing toward the bottom of the mountain. Also, as someone else mentioned, it's hard on the knees going down. Overall, a great hike and would highly recommend to everyone. Great first hike during our first trip to the Smoky Mountains!

senderismo
Wed May 18 2016

I did this overnight loop solo starting at Baxter Creek Trail. I then hiked up to summit Mt. Sterling. I took a break at the top and ate a snack and checked out the fire tower. You will have to brave the old fire tower to get some good views. I then continued on Mt. Sterling Ridge Trail, and then cut over Swallow Fork Trail to meet up with Big Creek Trail. Once at Big Creek the plan after about 11.5 miles was to camp at backcountry site 36 (37 was full). However I missed the turn and continued on Big Creek Trail to continue on the loop. I kinda had a feeling I missed it because I was getting pretty tired, so I ended up pitching camp near the walking bridge on Big Creek by the creek. This was about 14.5 miles or 2 miles up the Big Creek trail from the parking lot. So, the next morning I only had 2 miles to go. I brought a 35 liter pack with good gear and it was a wonderful solo hike.

senderismo
Sun May 17 2015

THIS LOOP IS NOT LOCATED IN CLYDE, NC! It is in Waynesville, NC beginning at Big Creek Campground. Completed this 17.1 trek in one day. Not sure why someone thought this was a one star trail (other than looking in the wrong location for it) but they are wrong. This is listed as a moderate hike, for a two day overnight possibly, but it is a difficult one day hike. The loop consisted of Big Creek to Swallow Fork to Baxter Creek. Total mileage 17.1 miles. The downhill from Mount Sterling fire tower is steep, tough on the knees. So your decision becomes up the steep trail or down it. We chose down. It was a tough but wonderful nine hour day.

Sun Mar 15 2015

5 mile hike straight up a mountain with camping at the firepower then an 11 mile downhill with a relaxing finish at midnight hole swimming hole. Great hike!

senderismo
Sat Jun 16 2012

We couldn't find the trail. Does anyone know exactly where it is?

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