December 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.