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Old Butt Knob to Shining Rock to Big East Fork (Strenuous) 14-15 miles

We will meet at 8:30 am in the Ingles parking lot and do introductions and arrange how we will be carpooling to the trailhead. Let's try to squeeze in as few cars as possible, since there is limited parking at the trailhead.  We will leave promptly at 8:45 am.We should be at the trailhead around 9:45am.

Make sure if you are carpooling, that you bring $$cash$$ for the driver!!

Highlights:
Near: Shining Rock Wilderness    
Scenery: 4 Stars
Distance: About 14-15 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft  (not sure about this)
Hike Time: 7 hours--should be back at Ingles about 4:30 - 5 pm
Difficulty: Difficult
Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
HikeType: Loop

Let's do a challenging hike in the Shining Rock Wilderness.  We will start at the Big East Fork trailhead off 276 and take the Old Butt Knob trail to Shining Rock Gap then follow the Art Loeb trail down to Ivestor Gap and then follow the Grassy Cove and Big East Fork trails back to the trailhead.

We will keep a good pace so please be sure of your hiking ablities.  If you have not recently hiked 10 or more miles you should not consider going on this hike.

Directions to trail head: Take the Blue Ridge Parkway south from Asheville past Mt. Pisgah to Wagon Road Gap and take 276 (west) to the Big East Fork trailhead (about 2 miles on the left).

This is a dog friendly hike, as long as your dog is friendly!!





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  • David W.

    Great hike! Thanks, Forest! Definitely got me some sore legs today!

    August 5, 2013

  • Don L

    Great hike. Helped me move up a notch in ability. Thanks.

    August 5, 2013

  • Forest D.

    Great hike today with excellent conditions. Very strenuous first two miles. Thanks to all who came out. Here are the statistics from my gps:
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/353645796

    August 5, 2013

  • Bandit

    August 4, 2013

  • Bandit

    my gps read. look at initial rise/run is awesome!!! Thanks for another great hike!!

    August 4, 2013

  • scot f.

    Sorry to backout this late. I was just reminded that I volunteered to work Lake Logan Tri

    August 2, 2013

  • Debra

    Is this 11-12 miles or 14-15 miles? It says both.

    July 30, 2013

    • Debra

      Thanks. I guess it's the same one we did back in the spring?

      July 31, 2013

    • Forest D.

      Except that this time we will actually do Old Butt trail instead of Shining Creek on the way up.

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • scot f.

    Hey Forest
    I'll plan on meeting at trailhead since I'm coming from Maggie V.

    July 31, 2013

    • Forest D.

      No problem. I would guess we will be at the trailhead by 9:30 to 9:45am.

      July 31, 2013

  • Ginger

    Old Butt Knob?? The subject line of the invitation email made me spit lemonade on the laptop screen.

    3 · July 30, 2013

    • Forest D.

      Hi Ginger, Hope you are doing well in Chicago and I look forward to hiking with you again when you return.

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • Dave '.

    Did this hike a while back and loved it! Old Butt Knob is very steep going up.

    July 30, 2013

  • Paul T.

    Cant wait till I get back on the long long hikes, I have mist this group. See you soon

    July 30, 2013

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