Backside Trail

HARD 137 reviews

Backside Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gastonia, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

rocky

hiking
2 months ago

We went up Rocktop to the tower, then Backside to Crowders Summit and down. Map my Hike logged 5.4 loop from trailhead start to finish. If you are looking for a workout, we thought going up Crowders hitting the 336 railroad ties at the end would’ve been better. Don’t get me wrong Rocktop was challenging getting up and over the rocks but the stairs on the other side are a bit more. It’s Friday and we literally saw less than 10 people, it was perfect!

hiking
4 months ago

Challenging, yet my 8 yr old son and 6 ur old daughter managed to make it through the whole loop. Very nice views and the top of the peak.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it ❤️❤️

hiking
5 months ago

Great view when you get to the top!

5 months ago

Nice trail to the mountain top only hard part about it is the incline other than that it's a smooth walk

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful panoramic beautiful view when you reach the top. The trail has some steep inclines. Great place to workout. It's a real treat.

6 months ago

This peak is a very intriguing setting with rocky outcroppings and sheer cliffs all along the top. The trail to get to the top is nice but there was trash and dog feces far to frequent for such a nice hike. That was my reason for not giving this 5 stars. My climbing crew thoroughly enjoyed the extended hike to the north from where the trail meets the peak. This made the exploration well worth the effort and was very rewarding.

hiking
6 months ago

I love this trail! Definitely my favorite at this park! It gets difficult very quickly, and it's not that long of a trail. SOOOOO many steps! If you're looking for a leg workout this is definitely the one to do. I came back down via the Tower Trail and that was boring. It's a wide gravel road that very slowly goes uphill. The views are worth the climb, regardless of which direction you take to the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Very strenuous climb. The view is worth it. If you want an easier climb I'd suggest the Tower Trail.

9 months ago

love this trail! I can't tell you how many times I gone there. I've been there in all kinds of weather. always tough, but always worth it.

9 months ago

Great trail for a challenging day hike and good view!

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail for a difficult but quick hike. The stairs at the top really get your heart pumping - whew! Views from the top are great.

hiking
10 months ago

Favorite short and sweet hike to get the heart pumping. The view up at the top never gets old.

hiking
11 months ago

I love love love hiking this

hiking
11 months ago

Backside Trail is a short trail that ends with climbing many man-made steps towards the top. The view is great on a clear day. You are able to see Charlotte in the distance. My four year old son did it with me and we never stopped until we reached the top. The top has a few trees but is mostly rock. The trail was crowded with people and dogs but it was President's Day. I had a hard time getting a parking spot at the trailhead.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Short but steep on the backside. Convenient but Crowded.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I have been going here since I was a kid and still love to make a trip once or twice a year! It's pretty difficult but it's short and the reward is phenomenal!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Fun trail. Got the heart rate up a bit on the way up and was relaxing on the way back down. Excellent view at the top.

hiking
Friday, November 18, 2016

Great workout trail.... at the end and toward the top, there are a lot of steps (336 wood steps). The views are fantastic! It's peak color so will be very pretty this weekend.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Absolutely loved it worth every step

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