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Cold Mountain 10+ strenuous miles

  • Dec 9, 2012 · 8:30 AM
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Limited to 10 hikers (wilderness area).

A 10.6-mile strenuous round trip hike in a wilderness area of the Pisgah National Forest. The hike includes a 2,800 foot altitude gain to the 6,030-foot peak. Chances are good that you will see few people on the entire hike. The trailhead for the hiking trail (Art Loeb Trail) is located at the Daniel Boone Scout Camp.

The Art Loeb Trail to the Cold Mountain summit goes to the left from the parking area just after the Scout camp's last building. Ascending a rugged 3.8 miles on Art Loeb to Deep Gap, gaining about 1800 ft. At Deep Gap we'll continue on a more difficult section for another 1.5 miles to the top.

Since the hike is in a wilderness area, there are no signs or trail markers. Only experienced, in-shape hikers should tackle this mountain. The hike is a bit strenuous, but the view will be a nice reward. I am not a slow hiker, but not as fast as the fastest in this group. My plan is to have lunch at the top to enjoy the views. I except it to take us no more than three hours to reach the summit.

The weather looks good for Sunday, but be prepared for temps 10-15 degrees colder than in Asheville. Also it could be very windy at the top of Cold Mountain. The beginning of the trail usually wet and a good part of it is rocky. I suggest to bring a hiking pole or two.

We'll meet at 8:30 for a meet and great and to form carpools. We'll leave promptly at 8:45. Dogs are welcome, but make sure you bring a leash. Driving time to the trailhead is about an hour.

If you plan to meet at the trailhead, please post it in the comment section.

Directions to trailhead: Take I-40 West to exit 33. Turn left on Newfound Road toward Canton. Go 1.6 miles, turn left at the stoplight in front of the big paper plant. Go a short distance and turn right on Church Street. Follow 19/23 south through downtown and turn left onto NC Highway 110. Go 5.3 miles, and Highway 110 will turn into NC Highway 215. Continue for 5 miles. Turn left onto Little East Fork Road. Go 3.8 miles to the Scout Camp.

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  • Forest D.

    Here are the hike details, 10.65 miles total.

    December 10, 2012

  • Forest D.

    This was an excellent hike with very mild weather for the season. Great views through the trees and on top of Cold Mountain made it worth the trek. Thanks to Debra and the other hikers for the enjoyable company.

    December 10, 2012

  • Debra

    Thanks all for coming out for this warm hike. It was a tough one with all those fallen leaves on the ground along with the roots and rocks beneath them. Arriving at the top with those beautiful views made it all worthwhile.

    December 9, 2012

  • Mark

    Unforgettable winter hike - even for us softies who turned around at Deep Gap. I'm sure I still burned about 10,000 calories, and earned that steak I just grilled. The pristine Mountain Laurel groves and mosses and lichens demand a return to take more pics. Thanks all for the great company.

    December 9, 2012

  • Debra

    Thanks for letting us know.

    December 8, 2012

  • Lynelle F.

    Mark and I will be meeting you guys at the trailhead. Looking forward to this

    December 8, 2012

  • Debra

    Wish you could come too, Joanna. I'll post it again.

    1 · December 7, 2012

  • Joanna

    Phooey - I'd love to do this one, Debra, but I have an exam on Sunday.

    December 6, 2012

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