Colbert Ridge Trail

HARD 20 reviews
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Colbert Ridge Trail is a 7.2 mile out and back trail located near Burnsville, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.2 miles
2,956 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



trail running





over grown

1 month ago

It’s goes up and then up some more! Then up more!

2 months ago

Non stop push, and then there is more if you want to keep going on along the crest. Amazing viewpoint about halfway up. A few small campsites before you reach deep gap. Signs up of recent bear activity at deep gap, I didn't see any. Rocks make it pretty technical toward the top of the ridge. Water source around midway was flowing but cant guarantee in dry conditions. Rhododendrons in bloom, moist conditions had the newts and salamanders active. Got hammered by a heavy downpour about 2.5 miles up, trail was still manageable. Don't expect much better time than about 2 miles an hour at best. Past 5500' you can feel the temps drop. This climb will keep your eyes straight down and heart rate up. Not a beginner trail so come ready.

5 months 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.

9 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 .

10 months ago

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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

My lime green shirt is greener than yours :)

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.

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.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Great I would definitely do it again

Sunday, August 03, 2014

5 stars for physical challenge. I took this trail down from Deep Gap as part of an overnight loop using Buncome, Big Tom, BMCT, and Colbert Ridge. At this time, the trail was well maintained, trees cleared, and very well blazed, perhaps even over blazed. Rain and mist made the rocks a little treacherous but I got down with just a bruise or two.... Saw a sign that this trail maintained by NC HighPeak. (August 1, 2014) Trail sign at Deep Gap says "Most Difficult" Trail sign at other end on SR1158 says "More Difficult" That might be accurate for the first couple miles starting from SR 1158 but this trail is a bruiser from either direction if taken end to end.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I took this trail to go up to the Black Mountain Crest Trail. Views-wise it doesn't offer much views but the challenge is great. After 2.5 miles into the trail the trail is took a turn for the worse. It was steep and did not offered much of a break. Grueling 1.5 miles but for the hikers that appreciate a challenge it's awesome! But the trip is worth it. The day was cloudy so it took away from great pictures but still the views were spectacular. I recommended for anybody that's up for a challenge.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The trail is OK up to the half-way point with a couple of nice rock overlooks. After that, things get pretty sketchy. The last mile is nothing but a bushwhack through rhododendron tunnels and blowdowns from the 2010 winter storms. The tread, if you can call it that, is mainly over steep,wet rockfalls that you will slip and fall over many, many times. Pretty dangerous, actually. When I got to the junction with the Black Mountain Crest Trail at Deep Gap, there was no sign, blazes, no indication whatsoever where I was. Beyond the rock overlooks, this is really just a derelict trail. Not worth a half day of hiking to get beaten up that badly.

10 months ago

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