Sitting Bear Mountain and Gingercake Mountain

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Linville Gorge Wilderness

Sitting Bear Mountain and Gingercake Mountain is a 5.1 kilometer 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.

Distance: 5.1 km Elevation Gain: 273 m Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

Make no mistake this trail has hardly any switchbacks...it is almost straight up.

2 months ago

very steep. great trail. could be marked better for sure. views are nice!

Not a very well marked trail

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over grown
4 months ago

Trail is very steep and a little overgrown but still easy to see the trail. Nice views looking south into the gorge.

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muddy
scramble
washed out
4 months ago

Don’t both with Gingercake unless you just want to have hiked it. There’s nothing to see. I followed some of the off shoot trails and then turned around when they didn’t lead anywhere. Just hike to the sitting bear rock. Maybe if you’re adventurous you should climb straight up to the over looks which are beautiful. But it’s a rough straight up straight down.

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scramble
7 months ago

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9 months ago

Nice hike in the rain with limited views. Trail was a bit overgrown yet the majestic rock formations at the end were worth the trek.

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bugs
9 months ago

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9 months ago

great hike. steep. views amazing

hiking
Mon Apr 22 2019

When you walk through right after the trailhead entrance, you will see a large campsite with one firepit; there is a wooden pole in front of one trail and an umarked trail to the right. Take the unmarked trail heading North, as the other is for the Devil's Hole trial. The first section is short, but strenous; I hope you didn't skip leg day. You are met with a great view from a rock out-cropping with Sitting Bear a short hike after (rock climbing here). The remaining trail is mellow and you get to go downhill on the way out (watch your footing); great hike!

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Sun Jun 24 2018

Nice, shady trail with a fun climb toward the end.

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Tue Jun 19 2018

Beautiful views of the surrounding gorge and mountains! Quite an uphill hike while you’re headed to the top, but worth every minute! My only complaint was the lack of markers on the trail! Looking forward to going back to camp!

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Fri Apr 20 2018

This will always be one of my all time favorite trails. I have been hiking it since I was a kid and will always go back. There are some spots that get hairy for small kids, especially past Sitting Bear but my daughter loves it. The views are unbeatable. Love this place!

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Sun Apr 15 2018

easy hike to sitting bear rock after that it gets very steep then levels back out. great views along the way though

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Sat Nov 25 2017

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

recorded Hawksbill on my own

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4 months ago

recorded Hawksbill with El and Weezie

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6 months ago

recorded sitting bear

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

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Thu May 30 2019

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