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Great little hike with exceptional views. I started at 4pm and it took me 1.5 hours to reach the end, which is just past the summit. A little less time to make it back down. Saw plenty of hikers on the way up but I was second to last for the day. A good deal of erosion but still enjoyable. Nothing at all treacherous or steep. I'd say this barely rates as "moderate". There is a peregrine falcon nest at the summit. Real cool to watch several of them fly around. Awesome views and nice to see the rare Carolina hemlocks. Nearly stepped on a copperhead as I started my turn back from the ledge. Luckily he wasn't offended and even let me snap some pictures. Very enjoyable and I'd do it again.

This trail should be rated difficult. It's not bad going but coming back it's mostly uphill. Took me 3 hrs and 45 mins to get out simply because the terrain was mostly uphill. The end of the trail is a nice little camp sight with a small suspended bridge. I definitely would take a different route next time.

Great hike with a steady climb. Not sure why it’s rated as hard. There where only a few points that were a little technical. Wear the right shoes and it’s not bad. The end is amazing. Find a spot to sit down and enjoy the view. Definitely would do this again when I visit.

Amazing view at the summit. Plan to start early and take plenty of water and food with you. The hike is not easy, but is worth the effort.

hiking
6 days ago

Not as hard as others are making it out to be (not technical at all - I would feel comfortable bringing dogs or kids). Solidly moderate with a good bit of elevation gain. The final switchbacks are a bit overgrown. Nice and shady, secluded with few other folks on the trail. A lovely time.

RT in 6.2 miles. The last half mile gets dicey with many rocks and roots— be careful. Overall, rewarding hike for the views, despite the cloudy conditions.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

Fun hike! We hiked this in the morning starting at around 8:30 on 9/10 which was perfect weather wise. Only saw about 5 people total on the trail. Tracked 6.6 miles in 3 hours total round trip! Saw a copperhead sitting in the sun in the middle of the trail so we sidestepped off a bit to avoid him. Great views at the end, but if you have kids or pets there is a big slope with a drop off so be carful.

on Art Loeb Trail

backpacking
10 days ago

This trail is very poorly marked, so I highly recommend a detailed map and maybe even a compass. Blazes and signs are few and far between. There were plenty of times when I would come to trail intersections with no blazes, signs, or other markings. Over the length of the Art Loeb there are MANY intersections with lots of other trails and only a handful are actually labeled. For example, about 3.6 miles into the trail starting from Daniel Boone (the northern end), you will come to a large-ish campsite. There are three other trails leading off in different directions: one is the Art Loeb going south, another goes up to Cold Mountain, and a third goes off somewhere else (northward). None were marked with signs or blazes. The only way to know which is which would be with a good map and knowing your location on the trail. Don't let this discourage you, though. There are many beautiful parts to the trail and I am glad that I chose to hike it. But definitely bring a good, detailed map, and study it beforehand.

I tracked 7 miles in and out, hard but the view is so worth it. Plan for 3-4 hours total. Take Plenty of water and snacks

Long moderate uphill hike (1,700 feet) with excellent views just past the helicopter landing zone and the summit. Trail is in good condition, some areas have small to medium boulders but trail is generally very pleasant.

running
rocky
washed out
15 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Parking at Art Lobe trailhead and continuing along river towards the Brevard bike trail. Easy walk with a double b.o.b. Stroller. Lots of shade and views of river.

hiking
rocky
18 days ago

The trail is an uphill challenge with switchbacks along the way. Trekking poles are a must to help you navigate roots and rocky ledges. It was doable at a good pace for this beginner. The downhill decent was a pleasure. The view was worth the sweat and burn!

The trail is difficult because of the elevation change on the way up (1700 feet up in about 2.5 miles). However, the view at the top is very rewarding and the trail is mostly shaded. I would not recommend this trail if it has been raining recently. I could see it being very muddy/slick.

backpacking
19 days ago

We backpacked from Daniel Boone to the end of the Narrows as well as up Cold Mountain. This is a great trail, but by no means an easy one. The trail is steep, technical in some areas, and in the Narrows very bushwacky. the hike out of deep Gap as others have said is a butt kicker as well as parts of the hike up cold mountain, but the views are with it . plenty of campsites from Daniel Boone to Cold Mountain , a few up the trail on cold mountain. there are no campsites until the end of the narrows after cold mountain. From Daniel Boone to Cold Mountain there are two water fill ups (2 miles and 2.5 miles in). Once you hit the cold mountain split, there is a trickle fill up out of 2 PVC pipes about a mile up the cold mountain trail. there is another fill up just before shining rock . there are very few blazes and signs on this trail, so come prepared. hiking poles would be highly recommended.

hiking
19 days ago

Went up the Art Loeb way which I recommenced its about 2 miles up with switchbacks but the other way down is a little longer but a lot easier. Summit is beautiful.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
19 days ago

be careful of the snakes.

hiking
muddy
rocky
20 days ago

Even though this trail is relatively short, I did it thinking I could beat a rain storm moving in. I wasn’t expecting it being as difficult as it was, which slowed me down, and I ending up getting caught in the rain on the way up; however, the reward at the end made it worth it. Once I made it to the top I got to see the rain storm move on down the valley. Probably one of the cooler things I’ve experienced.

Great rewarding view at the end of the hike. Fairly tough hike but plenty of moments of recovery along the way. Took us 2.5 hours total (minus time to take in the views). We took off around 9:30am on a Saturday and it was fairly light traveled. Coming down around 11:30am, it was noticeably more packed.

hiking
22 days ago

This trail rocks. See my prior reviews for tips. Water is scarce this time of year so be prepared. There is currently excellent water at the Butter Gap Shelter. There is no water at the Deep Gap Shelter but just below the shelter on deep gap road there is a spring with reasonable flow that only requires a small detour. After that, the most reliable springs are between Flower Knob (below trail) and Shining Rock (short walk from Deep Gap/Cold Mountain sign) towards Cold Mountain. The spring near the top of Cold Mountain has a relatively low flow but is still good to go and is the tastiest water on the trail!

Tough, but rewarding. A great place to camp in the fall if you are an ultra lite backpacker (having to carry a significant amount of water is a minus). Do be mindful when stepping out on the rock face, which is at times covered in moisture or ice.

hiking
25 days ago

Just completed the trail this past weekend. Quite difficult for a first time hiker but it was an amazing experience. It rained so the hike coming down was full of mud puddles. I would do it again once my endurance builds up. We didnt see any bears nor snakes.

hiking
27 days ago

six mile loop ,muddy but nothing you can't manage . no snakes that I seen today ,pretty mushrooms and Wilde flowers

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