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backpacking
11 days ago

This trail is pretty brutal but it serves its purpose to get you to the crest. It's relentlessly uphill and steep with few breaks. I would not recommend this trail unless you're attempting to get to the crest to either do a loop around and come back down Buncomb Horse Trail or doing a point to point. Doing an out and back of this trail would be pretty boring since there are only 2-3 overlooks that aren't as good as other trails. If you're carrying backpacks, this trail will make you question your life choices and make you wish you splurged for lighter gear.

Good steep incline starting NW from trail info box on Harmony Lane (that leg actually called Stomping Knob Trail), then along the ridge has nice views especially with winter and foliage down. Rattlesnake Rock looks back across valley to Black Mountain. Easy access for a short day hike.

Well marked. Reviews were very helpful - if you start on blue trail marks, and follow big piney, then take the southbound ridge to complete the loop. Steady up hill to big piney and then past that to the ridge intersection. We thought the trail was more moderate but probably depends on how much you hike. Overall very enjoyable even though we went when It was foggy and a bit rainy. Great for a 3 hour little burner

Slippery leaves on the way down. But good, steep hike which tops two hills. About 1:40 if you do not stop along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Quite a climb up!! Nice views, great for working some turkey off right after TG.
Dogs had a good time too

hiking
5 months ago

This trail for me is hard . It has good views, I hiked up Colbert’s creek to deep gap on the crest then off the cattail creek side . Great hike .

Steep climb, but worth every drop of sweat. The view is breathtaking.

This trail is very rugged. Taking Black Mountain Crest Trail up to Deep Gap and down Colbert’s Ridge will take approximately 9 hours. Expect to walk 1 mile per hour.

5 months ago

Difficult but rewarding both for the exercise and view at the top. You’ll definitely earn a burger or a beer after this one!

This trail was a great workout. With multiple overlook stops, a picnic, and a tree climb we completed the hike in 3 1/2 hrs. Loved it

This is a solid hike with steep ascents and descents, a good workout. My wife, myself, and our two leashed dogs stopped off to hike this trail on our way to Asheville with the intent of killing some time until our cabin was available. It was harder than expected, but overall we enjoyed it.

We hiked up to Big Piney, then down the west ridge trail, southbound. Make sure you hike down west ridge southbound to complete this loop (not northbound). Little Piney is marked with a blue diamond blaze and West Ridge trail with a yellow diamond blaze. I'm glad I brought my trek poles for the west ridge southbound descent trail. It is October and the leaves can create a slippery surface.

Overall a great day hike. I would estimate that most experienced hikers could complete within 3-4 hours.

Had a bit of fun with these trails. Pulling in to find the Lower Piney trailhead (demarcated by blue diamond-shaped trail markers) can be a little tricky. There's a gravel driveway just up past St Andrews on the right that you walk into and you'll see where the trail begins. The climb starts off almost right away on a narrow, two-foot wide trail. The march up to the first rocky outcrop is the just the first introduction of the awesome views to come along Big Piney (indicated by orange markers along the way) toward the summit at Rattlesnake Rock. The descent back down West Ridge (indicated by yellow) can give the knees a beating but much more ground is covered in less time. Took the dog and I think he'd give the trail 5 paws if he could. Great hike!

7 months ago

Dumbass below me doesn't understand how maps work

7 months ago

This hike doesn't exist anymore. Can't get to the trail head. We looked for an hour. The Google directions don't get you there.

9 months ago

Rocky trail mostly on the way up. Cool view of the town and beautiful flowers.

hiking
10 months ago

I gave this hike a one star because the trail isn't marked. We ended up going 2 miles off course and even with gps on, we still couldn't find the loop. When you come to Big Ivy at the end of Walker Creek, there is no sign pointing you in a direction. We ended up getting on Big Ivy Road, turning right, following that awhile and hooked up on stair creek trail for the decent down. On the decent down, there were a couple of trails off Stair Creek, but again they weren't marked and it's anyone's guess where those go.
As far as difficulty and technicality, the trail definitely had
some good climbs up without switchbacks. The decent down on Stair Creek was straight down, no switchbacks and rocky, so it was technical. Also, this is a horse trail as well, so there's plenty of manure on the trail. There wasn't a good view or waterfall to make this trail worth the trouble. Pass this one up and continue on to Brevard.

Definitely underestimated the difficulty of this hike. Four and a half miles does not seem like much, but much of this is uphill and at a pretty significant incline. The last mile (or maybe even less) is downhill, but very, very steep. I had to turn around and climb down on all fours at least twice, and managed to fall once. Part of the trail was obscured and blocked off by a makeshift barricade--it looked like a natural pile of limbs at first and caused us (my wife and I) to make a wrong turn. Once we found where we'd erred we just went around the barricade. In retrospect, I suspect it to have been the work of pranksters, as it was near a part of the trail that is quite easily accessible from surrounding neighborhoods and we found nothing wrong with the trail behind it. As for the views, they are probably better in the winter. Rattlesnake Rock is nice, but you can find better and not have to work near as hard for it. The abandoned moonshine still site on the decline is kind of neat also. I don't recommend this hike unless you're simply looking for a challenge.

Definitely not a walk in the park. Very secluded saw only two people. Loved the sound of the falls while hiking.

Good hike.. Up hill for half down for the other.

hiking
11 months ago

Here are a few things you need to know about this trail:
1. The end of the trail has no view. It is a connnector trail that links with the crest trail. It does have two view points close together after mile 2 heading up. This is the reason I didn't give it a higher rating.
2. The trail is well blazed with yellow diamonds.
3. The trail is well maintained but it is a narrow trail for the most part. If you have someone hiking with you, it will not be wide enough in most places to hike side-by-side.
4. The trail will mostly go uphill but it does give you a few breaks along the way and you need these flat areas.
5. The last half mile is rough. The trail changes to lots of boulders and steps and it begins to ascend more rapidly than before this point.
6. The trailhead is easy to find and the trail starts to the right of the sign.
7. The trail is not heavily travelled. I saw one person the whole time.
8. There are several areas that have wet rocks and this makes it very easy to slip especially coming down. Hiking boots would be recommended. My Merrells did their jobs and caught a few slips coming down.
Overall, it is a good trail for a good workout.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Jerry,
My lime green shirt is greener than yours :)

Steep and strenuous hike that was difficult to navigate even with miles of hiking experience! Fun but not that many views. More for the thrill of the hike.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

hiking
Friday, November 11, 2016

Combined with Pilot Rock and Thompson Creek trails. Very strenuous uphill return on our loop.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Did this as an out and back to Winter Star in late October. Enjoyable trail, well maintained, with a very nice set of overlooks about 2 miles in before the trail gets tougher. The piled loose leaves did make it a little slick, and the last 1/2 mile of CRT is a little dicey, but not bad if you take your time.
Much colder than I expected today, with light snow at the top and major winds the whole way.

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!

Pretty difficult hike, great views and steep dissents!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

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

backpacking
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I gave this 4 stars because there isn't much to look at on the way up. Used it to get to the Black Mountain Crest and this joker was tough with a loaded pack. Constant drive upwards. I was so glad when we got to Deep Gap. If I do it again, I will plan for a shorter trip or learn the ways of an ultralighter.

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