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hiking
7 days ago

Short well traveled path to a great view.

8 days ago

Fantastic! First leg from Wolf Pit Rd trailhead is no joke. All uphill, but with great views from multiple points, easy to stop and take it in(catch your breath). Water can be seasonaly scarce on Shortoff, so plan ahead. Shortoff offers phenomenal views with a variety of campsite options. Can't wait to go back!

I love this trail but your directions (if you are coming from the west or live in McDowell) take you way out of the way! Just head out 70 from town and catch 126. Go out 126 past the state park and Paddy's Creek and turn left onto Wolfe Pit Road.

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing views, lots of rocks to boulder, super fun! At the summit, you get a 360 view, nothing better!

backpacking
14 days ago

Amazing scenery! Having hiked in the Rockies a lot I much prefer these mountains. If you're sensitive to the sun then you better put on some sunscreen, but if you like to tan then this is perfect!
I parked at Table rock and hiked to Shortoff, going back was a beast, but amazing.
Bring a lot of water because there's no water until you get close to Shortoff.
Loved the hike, loved the difficulty and loved my time being free in the wilderness. Only saw two people the whole time.
Have fun,
J

hiking
16 days ago

Hike is simple and beautiful. Lots of places to go camping and picnic

Awesome hike! I started at Table Rock Parking Lot and hiked along until I was about 1000' feet from the Shortoff Summit. Be aware, the hike back up to the ridge towards Table Rock from Chimney Gap is a beast! Virtually no shade trees, you will literally bake in the afternoon. Bring as much water as possible. I should have filled my water bottles (using a filter of course) from the spring down the side trail in Chimney Gap, but figured I had enough water to get back...Got back up to the ridge toward Table Rock with last sip of water...Overall, one of the most scenic hikes in the area!

hiking
24 days ago

Amazing lookouts across the entire trail, slightly steep but totally worth it. INCREDIBLE views at the top, along with plenty of lookouts to explore.

1 month ago

Very scenic hike. Steady elevation climb...but the switchback views help for breaks if needed. Trail is very rocky so I wore my boots. The view from the top is amazing. Stayed up there for over a half hour and barely got to cover it all.