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rocky
8 days ago

Amazing views at the top, rocky, wooded steep climb. Not recommended for small children. Cliff edge. One of my favorites

So much fun. Not too busy today.

Great trail for kids ages 8 and up because lots of boulders to climb. Do not recommend for less athletic or younger children due to dangers of falling from high up. Parking lot was crowded on the Saturday we went, even during covid

I am glad I took the trail to the right to start the loop as the “stairway” was a bit challenging and it was easier to manage going up than down. Bench at end of loop with a view of Lake Lure.

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28 days ago

Nice trail with tons of boulder and cliff views. Not a climber myself, but there are smaller boulders that are easy to scramble up near the real climbing ones. Also a couple nice views of Lake Lure in the distance.

NOT CLOSED.

Great short hike, stunning views, Mother bear and a cub close( be careful) huge boulders and many plant species.

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over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Killer incline! Short, tough, fun and excellent view!!

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blowdown
rocky
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite hikes now. The view is amazing! Not too hard and short. Yes there’s a few blow downs, the trail could use some maintenance, but it’s definitely worth it.

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3 months ago

Great quick hike. Very accessible and great for all skill levels. Watching the brave climbers is always fun. I would recommend!

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rocky
4 months ago

Good trail that takes you past dozens of climbing boulders. Went a few days ago on an unseasonably warm afternoon and it was beautiful, we could see rock climbers on the wall and you can see lake lure from another point in the trail. There’s ample parking at this access and it is also free. Great place to take your time hiking, a great hiking option for a family.

Great trail.. well marked and tons of bouldering rocks along the trail that are fun to climb even if you’re not professional rockclimber or Boulder.. good for children. I took my seven-year-old and toddler

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washed out
6 months ago

A beautiful view but be prepared for lots of fallen trees/washed out trail conditions! Steep cliff at the top, may not be suitable for dogs/children. Overall though beautiful, great length hike.

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washed out
6 months ago

But doable! Love this trail!

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rocky
washed out
6 months ago

We’ll maintained and we’ll marked. Counterclockwise is upwards ascent for a about a half mile. Makes coming down easy though. Great views of huge boulders and Rumbling Bald and Lake Lure in the fall. Stay on the main loop, no boulders to impede your hike

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rocky
7 months ago

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7 months ago

Nice trail, few people

The offshoots/boulder trails are nice. Use the loop to access them.

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8 months ago

Fun hike with awesome widespread views of lake lure and surrounding mountains! There’s an old rusted ford truck that rolled off the trail trying to drive up the trail as well.

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9 months ago

Nice trail for a quick leg workout. Be prepared for mosquitoes at/around the trailhead. Views are worthwhile.

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bugs
9 months ago

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bugs
9 months ago

Great easy loop hike, especially if you have only 30-40 minutes of time. I've found that because we live so close to this hike, it's one of those we can do quickly and get to in 5 minutes driving. So, if you live in or near or are visiting Chimney Rock or that side of Lake Lure, this is a great trail that's pretty easy. Compared to Party Rock (9/10) difficult, this is probably a 3 or 4 on that scale. Nice hike...not alot of scenery, but loop is well marked.

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
scramble
10 months ago

Beautiful views from the top, but recently the amount of trees that are on the trail made my 9 yo son say he didn't want to do it anymore. Lots of stickers along the hike were annoying. Even as recent as this past spring, this was a wonderful hike, but trail is NOT maintained AT all. It will likely be up to us locals to cut the 30+ fallen trees covering the trail. Don't think that the state will take care of it. Still, once we got to the top today, views were stunning, as always. It's a tough hike for sure, but made tougher by all the trees downed.

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