October 25, 2014 · 6:30 AM
Let's hike the famous and famously rugged Linville Gorge in North Carolina and see some fall colors (hopefully). We have hard-to-get reservations for 10.
Leave early Saturday morning, hike the Babel Tower Trail 1.3 miles (800' descent) into the gorge during the afternoon. Camp along Linville Gorge River on the Linville Gorge Trail.
Sunday, hike on the Linville Gorge Trail along the river and camp in the gorge again near the Pinch In Trail.
Monday morning, hike the Pinch In Trail 1.5 miles (1,700' ascent!) out of the gorge and drive home that afternoon.
The total hike mileage is very approximately 12 miles. However, guides and experienced hikers say to DOUBLE the mileage to get an idea of how to compare to other trails. So, I am being conservative and mentally calculating this as a 24-mile hike.
Check back for further details.