High Windy and High Top - 8 miles - Strenuous

  • November 25, 2012 · 9:30 AM

I heard about some interesting trails behind the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. It took me a couple years to pay them a visit. I finally scouted this hike about 2 weeks ago. The views are amazing but the trail is tough. There are a lot of different loop options in the area. I consider these a sort of hidden gem since there are not very well known.

The trail starts with a quick ascent. We will take our time and stop as necessary. A 2mph pace is more than enough for this climb.

Once we reach the ridge line (~3 miles) the trail mellows out and is much more manageable.

We will take a .75mi spur to Black knob where we can rest and snack or have lunch.

We will then retrace our path to the ridge line and continue on top High Windy (.5mi) and High Top (1mi).



Length: 8 Miles - will feel like 10+

Rating: Strenuous - You have been warned

Elevation gain: 1600ft+

Trail Condition: Well maintained but starts with a steep climb up

Trail type: Reverse lollipop loop with spurs


Bring the usual stuff

This hike is not dog friendly; park rules not mine

Bring Poles if you have them



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  • Jeff H.

    The inverted lollipop with spurs wasn't quite as kinky as I expected, but it did get my heart racing at times.

    November 29, 2012

  • craig de c.

    great trails, good views, nice group. thanks for putting together

    November 25, 2012

  • Debra

    Thank you Dave for finding a hike so close to home with the fantastic views!

    November 25, 2012

  • Mary Beth H.

    Sorry to bail....not a good morning for me. :-(

    November 25, 2012

  • Michi H.

    Where will you park at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly? I would like to meet you there, if possible, as I live east of the YMCA BRA.

    November 19, 2012

    • Michi H.

      Soooo, what time would you recommend meeting at the YMCA BRA since you guys are meeting at 9:30 on Tunnel Rd? What do you drive? Weather looks good, but when will you do a weather call if need be?

      November 19, 2012

    • Dave '.

      Plan to meet us there at 10:00. I drive a black Nissan Xterra. If Tom is coming he can point me out. It shouldn't be too hard to find a roaming mob of hikers. lol I will check the weather around 48 hours ahead of time as usual.

      November 19, 2012

  • Vicky J O.

    I'd like directions to this location,pleeze. Thank you very much : )

    November 19, 2012

  • Jeff H.

    Reverse lollipop with spurs? I can't even find that in the Kama Sutra.

    November 19, 2012

    • Dave '.

      Yep it is a secret pattern passed down through the ages only to giants.

      2 · November 19, 2012

  • Michi H.

    If I can do the 11ish mile out and back Mt. Mitchell trail that starts at the Black Mountain campground, do you think I can handle this trail?

    November 19, 2012

    • Dave '.

      You should be fine Michi.

      November 19, 2012

  • Anna M.

    I am glad I got to scout this with ya...it filled up fast... I now hafta find a zipline buddy ....anyone interested? I will tell ya the details...thanks..

    November 19, 2012

  • Guy

    I am out of town but have been on these trails many times in the past. Great trail system only 20 minutes from asheville. Would have loved to do this hike with you. Enjoy.

    November 19, 2012

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