Stratton Bald Loop Trail

HARD 5 reviews

Stratton Bald Loop Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3848 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Good: Primitive and rough trail with very few markers. Many logs, rocks and streams to traverse. Put pole down once and it sunk halfway down. Isolated and saw only one group of three. Climb was strenuous. Woods and terrain were lush and attractive and varied.

Bad: No way the mileage is right at 10.4mi. Hiked southwest side of loop to bald, the halfway point on the map and it was close to 7mi. Realized we would run out of daylight, we sprinted back to what GPS said was 13.5 mi. We didn't want to risk doing other side of loop and run into unknowns delaying us further, so made it an out and back and still ended up an hour in the dark. The view from Bald is meh.

Bottom line: Solid workout on pretty but technical trail. Plan 14mi.

8 months ago

Pretty forest, but expected better views after such an intense hike. Got a bit lost trying to follow the west side of the loop due to the condition of the trail. Couldn't find the connection between the Joyce Kilmer and Stratton Bald trails IRL or on the park map, but the Stratton Bald trail runs into a road eventually and we were able to follow that back to the trailhead.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017