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I thought this hike was pretty hard. Lots of steep incline but wow so beautiful!!!! You really are IN the mountains with this view. Pretty surreal. Great workout’

hiking
1 day ago

Pretty positive these pictures of the view are from the John Rock loop, which is part of this one but eventually you have to go on a different trail. Cat gap has no/limited views, and is the same distance.

Seemed more like a biking trail

Great trail for mountain biking! (And, there is heavy bike traffic.) I was walking and trail running. Parts of this trail are on a gravel road. Look at photos so you know what you're getting into. No mountain views. Wooded forest area. What I found most cool is that this trail goes through the Bent Experimental Forest (Pisgah National Forest), and there were interpretive signs explaining various types of forest management: single tree selection, group selection, clear cut, etc. If you are interested in forest management practices, definitely check this network of trails out. The loop I did (see recorded) provided a 4.2 mile walk. In retrospect, the descent at the end was fairly hard (on my knees!), and I wouldn't choose to do it that way again. I should have consulted the topography better before selecting the route.

This is one of my all time favorite trails. It’s a moderate out and back but fairly strenuous if you take the Dismal trail to make it a loop. There are a few excellent spots for picnics and swimming above the falls and the view from the suspension bridge can’t be beat. Definitely bring plenty of water and something to eat.

on Pink Beds Trail

9 days ago

Really awesome in fall. Definitely worth it.

Loved this hike! Great cardio getting up there and the view is amazing.

Fun hike to great view, even when it's a little rainy and very foggy.

Going up is an amazing workout with one of the best payoffs I've experienced once you get to the top! if you are clumsy, stay along the treeline at the top of the rock.

really excited about the hike but could not figure out the loop for anything. I'll try again with a map. trail not blazed well.

Whoa! My body hasn’t worked that hard in a long while! We arrived at the trailhead around 9:30 AM and it took us nearly til noon to get to the summit. I would suggest hiking early in the summer heat/humidity. Took us less than 2 hours to get back down. There are long range views for miles and miles at the summit!! I agree with a previous reviewer though, that the hike is a little monotonous with ALL the switchbacks. I prefer more mountain views. Regardless, my body is sore so I know I got a good workout. Take more water than you usually would. We drank everything we had and shared some with a guy who had none. Wouldn’t recommend for young children unless you intend to carry them!

This trail is ridiculous and amazing rolled into one! We did the loop with Dismal at the end and it was tough! I would definitely recommend getting Dismal out of the way first. Natraland was the best part and full of fun obstacles. Bring plenty of water and wear legit hiking shoes! Highly recommend.

I agree with the other reviewers on this hike. The trail is well marked and maintained. The loop is Hard and not for those expecting a brief or moderate experience. Make sure that you have plenty of water to keep hydrated (I went through 3 full liters) and food to give you energy. Great trail and sense of accomplishment. I would do it again!

Overall very good hike. Very well-maintained trail. Sort of reminded me of a shorter version of the Alum Cave Trail to Mt. LeConte. Starts off in a very pretty forest then ascent begins without any views until you reach the top. But, the view at the top is truly spectacular. Takes some getting use to walking on the top of the rock (i.e., vertigo). Take care not to venture too far down the rock face. Popular spot so start early.

Okay trail but you'll spend the majority of the trail going up dirt switchbacks with no view. About half way to 3/4 way there is a cool rock outcropping that is used as an emergency helipad when needed. This is a perfect place to picnic or rest before going to summit. The view from the top is very nice though just a very monotonous trail to get there.

The trail through dense woods, did not provide many scenic views, and is mostly used by mountain bikers. The bike traffic made for hiking uncomfortable at times and I expected more views of the surrounding hills.

The trail to the Look Out is well maintained and moderate. The dismal Loop trail however is NOT for The beginner hiker. The full loop trail is HARD, be prepared and have plenty of water to take with you. Even though the difficulty level is HARD it's still worth it. You will get to see sights that you would not be able to see otherwise. The cut out log bridge over the river, the huge rock face called "The Catherdal" to the Suspension Bridge at the top of the falls which gives you a feeling of great accomplishment!. I would do this hike again!.

great hike with an amazing view but it is a 6.8 mile hike and the Garmin agrees. it's a hour and ten to an hour and twenty hike up and I'm feeling it today (day after). would highly recommend for experienced hikers or anyone in decent shape and up for a bit of cardio. great hike!

We measured it as 6 miles round trip. It’s a workout for sure! Steady uphill for 2 miles with switchbacks. John’s Rock was a nice place for a short rest before hiking the last and toughest mile to the top. Lots of rocks and roots in that last mile up. The view at the top is breathtaking and a nice reward for the work to get to the top.

Tough hike because of the steady uphill climb, but the view at the top is great. There were a few springs on the way up that our dog enjoyed. Take plenty of water. GPS showed 6.1 miles.

At least 8+ mikes. Great hike but not really great view of the falls. We went clockwise and swam in the river after the suspension bridge. That’s a good place to call. Lunch spot. Going clockwise left you with an easy hike back to the car.

Hard work getting up but absolutely worth it. Incredible views from the top!

hiking
17 days ago

Yeah, per my wife’s Apple Watch, it was far more than 4.9 miles, but we also did a complete loop of the mountain. Just under an hour up and about 90 minutes down. Beautiful views to rest and refuel atop the face. My only complaint is my meteorological skills need to be refined, as before we left the face I stated we had several hours before storms moved in...well, about 60 minutes of the hike down were in pouring rain. But we had a blast and a great hike and wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Moderate my ASS!!! More like 9 miles.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice easy long hike done twice in less than a week

hiking
21 days ago

My husband and I (in our early 40's) took our dog for a 5.3 mile hike (according to apple iWatch) and thought it was a great trail. We cruised through in about 1hr 45mins (~pace of 20min/mi). We didn't run into a lot of folks/dogs for a Sunday in June which we were grateful for. Great creeks along the way for our pooch to get her tummy wet and cool off. We were lucky to be there on a day where it hasn't rained much as I can see how it could be a very muddy mess if it had. Great bridges to avoid the creeks if you so desire. Be careful of your footing as there are a lot of tree roots in some parts of the trail. Fun hike and great workout. There is a great picnic area at the trailhead - fantastic for a snack/rest after your hike.

We really enjoyed this trail but way too many bikes. If you are a hiker be very alert and get ready to move off the trail A LOT! Easy grades and surfaces. Started off by going up Rice pinnacle road. Definitely needed the All trails app to keep us on track. Got off somehow toward the 7 mile mark at a switchback but found a connector fairly easily.

This trail takes you through a beautiful forest. It is easy, quiet, and lovely.

This was one of the best hikes I’ve done in the Southeast!! I will definitely be going back in the fall and spring. The 360° views at the top of Tennent Mountain are unbeatable and you walk through a sea of wild blueberries and blackberries to get there (those will be ripe in the fall. Watch for bears!). I will say that for a pretty active hiker like myself, this trail was difficult not moderate. The trail through Shining Rock Wilderness gets pretty narrow and there’s bad footing everywhere. I would say the hike to Shining Rock is worth it, it’s pretty insane to see quartz boulders the size of houses! Next time I will wear long pants and bring more bug spray. Take care to bring lots of water and if you’re hiking alone make some noise every now and again since I saw bear scat!

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