I haven't done this route before, appears 16 miles with 4,000 ft gain. WE WILL KEEP A BRISK PACE!! It should be a great workout. pizza and beer afterwards???? this shuttle hike will include riding back to montreat in the back of my beat up work truck with my dog just like the redneck you've always aspired to be. I will ask for any donations for taking the truck to mitchell and leaving it so we can all fit in 1 vehicle for the "open air shuttle". also.... don't forget to tip your driver to montreat from earth fare. PLEASE BE SURE YOU CAN DO THIS HIKE AND KEEP PACE!! it is not an out and back where you can turn around.