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definitely a challenging hike with lots of elevation. went in mid January and there was a lot of ice so be prepared to take some time navigating certain sections. view at the top is awesome, but there isn't really anything to see on hike up.

The Sound of Music will be what you are thinking of when you get up on the balds. Spectacular! I hike a small section of this in the summer. Going back this fall to camp. Prepare to be WOW'D!

Nice super easy hike with kids beautiful waterfall at the end.

backpacking
1 month ago

We backpacked this trail on Memorial Day weekend, which was a mistake because it was SO CROWDED. Still worth it, though. It was amazing to notice how the foliage changed with the elevation. The top reminded me of hiking in Maine. It was also a great feeling to emerge from the wooded trail in our hiking boots to see how many people had driven to the top. I think we impressed the drivers ;)
I'd love to go back when it's not a holiday weekend. You could do this whole thing in one day, if you get there early. If you're going to backpack (which I'd recommend instead of rushing it in one day), there's perfect camping on Commissary Hill, which is about 2/3 of the way to the top.

trail running
1 month ago

As an east coaster who spent a good amount of time running out west, this is as close as it gets. 5 mile slog with 3k+ of vert. Trail is fairly technical, good amount of leaves covering up the rocks and roots, and plenty of step-ups in the last mile. You can refill bottles at the top during the in season (taps were turned off as of early Dec), though you do pass a few good quality springs on the way. View at the top is well worthwhile!

hiking
1 month ago

Did two weeks ago. Plenty of roots and rocks and a little tougher than I expected. Great views and was lucky not a lot of drive ups so had peak almost to myself.

hiking
1 month ago

Two friends and I did this trail + Mount Craig early November. A solid and fun trail. We had lots of fog driving to and from the mountain but was treated with beautiful fall leave.

I did this trail today under clear skies and 40-45 degree temperature. It’s a very solid trail and the walkways are well blazed. Plenty of elevation spikes as well as rocky sections going up or down, depending on the direction you go. Once on the Buncombe Horse stretch, there are multiple patches of standing water that haven’t drained so be prepared to hop a little. As far as I saw, these trails don’t seem to be trafficked all that much.

One of the more scenic hikes I have ever been on. We shuttled up from Mountain Harbor and hiked to Overmountain Shelter on day 1. We heard weather was going to move in the next day, so we hiked the remaining portion on Day 2. Not a bad hike on day 2, until you get to Doll Flats and then the remaining 3-4 miles is a pretty steep drop. We were glad to get out on Day 2, because the next day it snowed!! The views from the balds are well worth the hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

A moderate hike!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail to the base of the falls is basically a gravel road, and so it's very easy for reasonably mobile people The falls itself is awesome! There are paths to the top of the falls with several places along the way to climb out onto the rocks for unique perspectives. These trails traverse roots and slick rocks that require more attention to detail. Plenty of good photo opportunities at Roaring Fork. Well worth the trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with my 1 year old. Beautiful & rewarding.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail for me is hard . It has good views, I hiked up Colbert’s creek to deep gap on the crest then off the cattail creek side . Great hike .

This trail is very rugged. Taking Black Mountain Crest Trail up to Deep Gap and down Colbert’s Ridge will take approximately 9 hours. Expect to walk 1 mile per hour.

Tough but fun

hiking
2 months ago

Hard but worth it. Way cooler to hike to the peak than drive up. We got water at the trailhead rangers station but all water after that was turned off (November).

We parked at the top of Mt Mitchell and hiked this trail to the peak of Mt Craig. It starts out easy but quickly you’re climbing hand and foot over big rocks. Very cool hike and awesome views from Mt Craig.

Will definitely come back. Beautiful spot. Be very careful the trail signs and markings are NOT clear

Very easy... very pretty waterfall.. glad we took a few minutes to see

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy and enjoyable

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