Colbert Ridge Trail

HARD 14 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.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3015 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

muddy

over grown

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Jerry,
My lime green shirt is greener than yours :)

hiking
6 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

backpacking
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.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Great I would definitely do it again

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.