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~Scout Hike~ Colbert Ridge, Crest Trail, Horse Range Trails

  • Earthfare

    66 Westgate Pkwy, Asheville, NC (map)

    35.592674 -82.575569

  • Black VW Jetta -[masked] ~13 Mile Scout Hike~
  • This hike is a scout hike for Make A Wish Foundations Trailblazers Challenge and will be led by :

    Doug Johnson

    There is no time limit and no knowledge of return time Bring a head lamp or light source

    Hike 12.7 Miles

    4000 ft. ascent

    This strenuous hike will start in the Carolina Hemlocks Campground area and climb up Colbert Ridge Trail to Deep Gap. We’ll take the Black Mountains Crest Trail via a short connector to the Buncombe Horse Range trail, and then do the long descent back to our cars. Be sure you are in good physical shape before attempting this hike.

    It's going to be a tough one.... 

    Bring at least 2 liters of water

    Good hiking shoes

    hiking poles

    Food and snacks

    A great attitude for a fun scout on the trails.

    Electrolyte substance is always good for long hikes in warm weather.





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  • Anna M.

    this will be canceled until further notice.

    April 5, 2014

  • Doug J.

    I need to do this hike this weekend. I am doing the Tanyard Gap/Hot Springs hike next weekend. Have fun!

    April 4, 2014

  • Debra

    Would love to do this another time.

    April 4, 2014

  • Anna M.

    Reschedule this and come on Alison's birthday hike !

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Debra

      That's what I decided to do.

      April 4, 2014

  • Anna M.

    I may be attending this as a most likely as I don't think I am able to get out of town and I need to get a hike in....

    March 31, 2014

    • Ginger

      Ah OK. At the end of the Montreat to Mt. Mitchell hike, the same people were feeling sorry for the poor little dachshund, not realizing he'd just walked 13 miles.

      1 · April 4, 2014

    • Steven S

      I think it is more funny than annoying.

      2 · April 4, 2014

  • Glenn C

    I am also a maybe, which I should have said up front.

    April 4, 2014

  • Ginger

    Are dogs allowed? Is the downhill fairly gradual and unrocky?

    April 3, 2014

    • Glenn C

      It is really a tough hike. I wondered about Augie when I saw you'd signed up.

      April 3, 2014

    • Ginger

      Auggie's done 16 miles at Linville and 19.5 miles at Dumbass Bald. It's me you should worry about.

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Glenn C

    The fun part of this route is getting to the top and listening to other folk complaining about the climb from the parking lot to the overlook.

    April 3, 2014

  • MichelleDeerlodge

    I wanna go. Why RSVP closed?

    April 2, 2014

    • Debra

      It opens tonight at 8:45.

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • Jeff H.

    Glenn: I know you love to disparage the Colbert Ridge/Black Mtn Crest so I feel obligated to defend it as one of my favorites. It is definitely an unrelenting climb, but Colbert only becomes rocky in the last third or quarter of its length. Going south towards Big Tom is very steep for a while, but the ridge is spectacular, whether when the rhodies are blooming in June or when covered in snow. The isolation, the exposures, and the knowledge that you are walking one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world makes it always memorable. I haven’t done this Horse Range Trail segment, and the whole loop sound very tough, but I hope you at least do an out and back of Colbert again some day. It IS pretty, and it’s worth experiencing

    April 1, 2014

    • Glenn C

      That's unfair, Jeff :) I don't disparage it, I say it's tough. I loved the hike. It IS tough. Period. I would not do an out and back on Colbert. I remember it as wildly rocky. I'm seriously contemplating going this time.

      1 · April 1, 2014

    • Glenn C

      Nota bene: Saying that it's the toughest hike I've done down here is not disparaging, it's description.

      1 · April 1, 2014

  • Doug J.

    The plan is to ascend the eastern side of the Black Mountains via Colbert Ridge trail to Deep Gap. From there, the route will be along the Black Mountains Crest trail to Big Tom Gap. There is a connector at Big Tom Gap to the Horse Range Trail. The return to the Colbert Ridge parking area will be on the Buncombe Horse Range trail. 14 miles, 4600 feet of elevation gain

    2 · April 1, 2014

  • Glenn C

    How are you coming down? Steven S and Heather and I did this a couple years ago. Tough. The first leg was 3.8 miles and 3000 feet of solid rock (Colbert Ridge), the second about 1.5 miles and another 1000 feet (forget the name), then down a very long way along the Buncombe Horse Trail or some such. Total was far more than 12.7. Closer to 20. A long day.

    March 31, 2014

    • Steven S

      20 or more miles. It was ten miles from Mt Mitchell back to the cars.

      1 · April 1, 2014

    • Glenn C

      That's what I remember.

      April 1, 2014

  • Glenn C

    In all seriousness (though I was earlier), it's all rock going up. Colbert is the worst of the two, felt like and remembered as continuous boulder clambering. Crest was more like endless stone steps.

    March 31, 2014

  • Debra

    Sounds like fun.

    March 31, 2014

    • Glenn C

      Fun. Huh. Ha. Colbert Ridge is not pretty.

      March 31, 2014

  • Steven S

    This is a good hike. The bridle trails can be tricky in the dark. If I remember correct, kept left.

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • Debra

      Hi Steve.

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Glenn C

      Hey Steven! Remember going with Heather and self?

      1 · March 31, 2014

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