Sitting Bear Mountain and Gingercake Mountain

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Sitting Bear Mountain and Gingercake Mountain is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morganton, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

3.2 miles
895 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




Enjoyable hike to top of Sitting Bear Mountain in the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. Several opportunities for spectacular views. From one side, Devils Hole basin in the Linville Gorge, south through the end of the Linville Gorge with distant views of Lake James, across the gorge is Wiseman's View, and south is Hawks Bill, Table Rock, the Chimneys, and Shortoff Mountains.  Off the other side, in view is Grandfather Mountain, Calloway Peak, Blowing Rock, the cuts made for US Hwy 321, overlook the Wilson Creek Wilderness area, Brown Mountain, Gold Hill area and the west Morganton area. Several good views of Sitting Bear Rock (Squint your eyes and with a little imagination the rocks do look like a sitting bear.  Another 1/2 mile from Sitting Bear Mountain across a ridge will take you to the top of Gingercake Mountain. A short section from Sitting Bear Rock to top of Sitting Bear Mountain is practically straight up, but there are lots of small trees and roots to hold on to to make the ascent.

3 months ago

Why this is rated as easy is beyond me. It is moderate to hard, especially if you continue past the Sitting Bear rock formation.