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rocky
1 day ago

First half of this trail was five stars and challenging second half was zero stars due to the rest of the hike was on Kistler Memorial Highway. Would recommend an out to the falls and back the way you came instead. Poles highly recommended.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
washed out
3 days ago

Great trail but very challenging! I highly recommend doing the entire trail plus the detour to razors edge, Blue Jay Falls is beautiful and many other great overlooks that this will not take you to. I also recommend having the Avenza app as well as AllTrails, it is much more precise than AllTrails at certain parts.

hiking
4 days ago

Trail isn’t closed, it’s amazing! Steep to get up to the top but worth it. Full 360 degree views of the surrounding area. I could have stayed at the top of the trail for hours.

hiking
4 days ago

Easy trail, cool views of the gorge and of “The Chimneys” along the trail.

hiking
bridge out
4 days ago

Great trail all along the gorge. Word of caution: there is NO bridge over the river at mile 5.5

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rocky
6 days ago

Good trail - generally easy to follow and easy to moderate except for a couple spots where you end up slipping/sliding down or scrabling back up. Carried a 2-year-old in a carrier backpack on the way down, but he walked the whole way back up on his own - not kidding. We had to help him over a few spots but he did the vast majority on his own. I'd say more moderate than hard. Was an overcast day with occasional misty rain, so temperature wasn't a problem. Would be much harder on a hot day but there's tons of shade all along the route and lots of small streams.

hiking
9 days ago

love this trail!! probably one of my favorite in the gorge wilderness- there is on section when you're on the southern side of a mountain where there isn't a lot of shade but for the most part it is nice and shady we went after a week of lots of rain and the little creeks and falls along the way made it easy to splash your face or fill up your water filters. when we got down to the river we jumped on the gorge trail headed south for a while and ate lunch at a great rocky spot where the dogs could play in the water! definitely want to camp here next time. Wear shoes with good traction for sure but we had a great time with our 2 dogs

on Pine Gap

hiking
blowdown
rocky
11 days ago

Hiked this trail today. Rocks for probably 90% of the trail and a lot of them slippery. Several downed trees along the trail. Several areas of water along the trail so wear hiking boots rather than tennis shoes for sure. Linville River was beautiful even with quite heavy rain. 4 hikers with kayaks heading for the river passed us along the trail. They planned to Kayak to Lake James. They made us feel old and slow which we are. Lol Nice hike although not our favorite. Definitely consider this a moderately hard trail.

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scramble
11 days ago

It's open and pretty quiet if you get an early start! I stopped just shy of the summit because my fear of heights was getting to me, but got some amazing views up until then! Be prepared to drive quite a ways on dirt/gravel roads to get to the trailhead.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Devil’s Hole

on Pine Gap

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike. In spots it looked more like a tropical rain forest than a temperate one. Perfect day, river was high and quick but not so much the kids couldn't get in. Saw lizards, salamanders, tadpoles and fish once we got to the river. Not easy because of the rocky wet trail, but not difficult. The 300' elevation change might be a little understated, but really the trail from top to bottom is less than a mile so the elevation change feels like it's more than it really is. A few downed trees and wet trail conditions (the hike traverses down the side of a steepish hill, so it was expected to be wet after a lot of rain that had been had). But we had 10 kids/teens in our group with the youngest being 3 and none had any problems. Even the 3 year olds. Will hike again next time we come through.

hiking
21 days ago

I definitely recommend this trail. We took a few different ways and saw 2 amazing views.

We made a right on Spence ridge and went down to the river which tacked in about 2.25 miles and was a total elevation gain of 2000 ft. Made the climb up table rock that much more difficult - but awesome. Wish I had brought my poles!

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Trail is inaccessible if you don't have an off road or all wheel drive vehicle. Lots of rocks and dips means you're guaranteed to bottom out in a sedan. Rock Jock trail is rocky, rooty, and muddy but the real tricky part is turning on to the off-trail portion towards Razor peak. Alltrails map was not correct at this point. I had to go to the next bend past what the alltrails map said to find it. Once you're off trail, it's pretty difficult to find the peak as its very overgrown. All that said, small waterfalls and the views from razors peak and the little lookouts along the way made it a rewarding hike.

Such a great trail. Wasn’t successful in finding bluff trail, but it turned into a great hike anyway. Snakes on the trail, not too many people and very peaceful by the water.

Excellent but difficult. Such a joy to complete.

hiking
bridge out
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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