Cold Mountain via Art Loeb Trail is a 9.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canton, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length9.9 miElevation gain2,834 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingDog friendlyForestViewsRocky
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This route starts from Camp Daniel Boone on Little East Fork Road. There are other routes to Cold Mountain via the Art Loeb Trail on AllTrails, so be sure to confirm this is your intended route. This route offers beautiful views from a challenging hike. This hike should only be attempted by those prepared for an intense, physically demanding trail. This out-and-back route is on the much longer Art Loeb Trail. Many hikers choose to make this into a point-to-point backpacking route.

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Tye Young
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BackpackingGreat!

Great trail for spring hike. Abundant water this time of year. Cold night at our camp at Deep Gap (about mile 4 at 5100 feet). We did not make the summit which was another 1.5 miles (several spots there to camp and a spring you can count on - one of the locals told us on our hike out). We gained about 1900 feet from start to camp at mile 4. Took us about 2 hours 15 mins from start to camp with 35-40 lb packs - son 16, I’m 50 and in top shape.

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Flex and Curly Hike
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Hiking

Deceptively difficult hike up to the summit of Cold Mountain by way of the Art Loeb Trail. Out and back beginning and ending at the trailhead located at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp outside of Canton, NC. Total of 10 plus miles with first half straight up and second half straight down. Trail was easy to follow and a little muddy in some places but otherwise in excellent condition. My stats are off by a bit because I accidentally turned off the recording from 3.8 to 5.2 miles. Beautiful day with lots of hikers on the trail. I highly recommend this hike if you are in great shape and start early!

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Matt Moseley
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HikingRocky

People who say they did this entire trail in one day are either crazy or athletes in extremely good shape. My friend and I both 33 years old just came from Florida to do this and it took us every bit of 3 full days. We also were carrying 75 pound packs but the terrain is brutal. Id say this is closer to 15 miles round trip. We hiked around 5 hours a day before setting up camp for the evening. Also don't listen to that nonsense about needing a compass if you get lost on this trail you have no situational awareness whatsoever its extremely easy to follow and worn in even if its not marked, I just used GPS only to see how far I've gone but the trail is super easy to follow unless you're going in the dark maybe. but yeah if you plan on going all the way to the top of cold mountain then back to your car in a single day you better be in amazing shape if not you'll practically kill yourself doing it, make 3 days out of it lots of great camping.

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jason pyle
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Hiking

Great hike, started out icy then got very muddy once it warmed up.

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dalton bryant
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Very dry and clear day, it was a steady uphill at the beginning that turns to a more gradually rising series of small ups and downs, before culminating in a pretty steep climb up to the summit. It was a good challenge, but if you pace yourself, it’s about as difficult as LeConte

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Kara Andrews
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRockySnow

Loved this trail! A few things we learned: 1. Took about 7 hours (with one short rest break) 2. Got caught in a lot of snow at the top of the mountain / lots of ice and black ice 3. No service for the majority of the trail (probably obvious but good to know... aka save this trail so you can still track your hike) 4. It says dog friendly and i considered bringing my dog and I’m VERY glad i did not. A very challenging hike unless your pup is a extremely experienced hiker!

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scott stallings
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Christian Stetts
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Wilhelmina Blackstone
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HikingGreat!MuddySnow

I wanted my ass beat by a mountain and that is exactly what I got. The view at the top is nice but not a 360. Little else of interest along trail other than a pretty creek. Solid burn on the way up, a little rough on the knees on the way down. Even with me hurrying on the way back, this hike took me 5.5 hours.

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MrSeath .
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BackpackingRocky

Challenging but worth it

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Yash Kachhara
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long and slow.. the leaves make more than half of the trail very slippery

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Rick Lawrence
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HikingRocky

Intense! Dry leaves, rock and roots made for slippery conditions. I call this trail the “Punisher”. Starts off steep then as you hit a few switchbacks you get a break. Then you are facing more elevation gain. The last 1.4 miles to the summit from Deep Gap is rough. However once you pop out at the top it’s quite a view. Several rock outcropping to see the view.

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Andres Gutierrez
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Challenging hike but the views at the top are well worth the time.

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Tiffany Hutson
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wow. that was intense

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Ross Martin
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HikingMuddyRocky

Hiked on Oct. 29. Challenging hike. Very rocky and slippery at times with wet leaves. It was not very crowded and provide cool views at the top. When I arrived at the top it was completely different weather, cloudy and foggy. It cleared it during my time up there. Solid down and back hike.

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Steph S
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Parking for this trail is pretty easy- it's at the end of Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp. There is a designated area for hikers to parallel park along the road right at the trailhead. The hike was thoroughly enjoyable with lots of rocky areas and ups and downs, so incline wise not too terrible for the majority of it, but weak ankles might have a hard time with footing. The ground was dense with fallen leaves and the beautiful autumn foliage did not disappoint. This was easily one of the most gorgeous trails I've been on in a while. Visually, the best stream crossing is the first one at about 2mi. None of the crossings are hard, and a couple of them are barely streams. The campsite at 3.5mi is very easy to find, and although not blazed, there is a sign pointing toward Cold Mountain, so no confusion there. Past that sign and toward the summit, the trail narrows to a tuck-your-elbows-in. The summit itself has a geographical survey marking and room for 2-3 people to comfortably sit to enjoy the view. However! On the trail just before the summit (I missed this and found it coming back), there's a fork that veers off to the right onto an open overlook. The panoramic view from there is so much nicer and I'm glad I accidentally stumbled upon it or I would have been somewhat disappointed in the trail overall. Logged at 11.8 miles.

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Katie Wadington
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HikingGreat!
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Andrew VanRysseghem
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Hiking

Amazing fall day and scenery. Beautiful drive in as well. Highly recommend.

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Henry Kassell
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Carrie S
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Spectacular vistas from the summit!

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Susanna Sharpe
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Carol Scheible
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Hiking

this was a nice challenging hike. the views from the top of cold mtn were kinda mediocre. the wildflower field s along art loeb were fantastic.

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