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Gems in Ridgecrest Trails - 1

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gem Favorite Overlooking the valley below at Rocky Knob!

Rocky Knob Overlook

(4) Black M…, NC

Recommended Routes in Ridgecrest Trails - 4

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Favorite View from the Mt. Mitchell summit.
Difficult Difficult

Mount Mitchell Vert Marathon

26.6 mi 42.8 km 9,022' Up 2749.86 m Up 9,022' Down 2749.76 m Down

Marion, NC
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Favorite Across the Sanctuary Pond on a sunny winter day.
Intermediate Intermediate

Graybeard/Harry Bryan/Julia Woodward Loop

1.3 mi 2.1 km 275' Up 83.9 m Up 277' Down 84.46 m Down

Black M…, NC
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Ridgecrest Trails Hiking

  • 75 Miles 121 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 2 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 21 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 20 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Ridgecrest Trails - 39

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4.6 mi 7.4 km #1Graybeard Trail
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 19 
0.9 mi 1.5 km #2Blue Ridge Pinnacle Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
0.7 mi 1.2 km #3Lookout Trail
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 11 
2.8 mi 4.5 km #4West Ridge Trail
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
4.7 mi 7.5 km #5Kitsuma/Youngs Ridge Trail #204
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC 12 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #6Rocky Head Trail
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
1.0 mi 1.7 km #7Stomping Knob Trail #10
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
4.0 mi 6.4 km #8Heartbreak Ridge Trail
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
Difficult Difficult
Black Mountain, NC
3.1 mi 5.0 km #9Mackey Mountain Trail #216
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Marion, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Marion, NC
3.6 mi 5.8 km #10Snooks Nose Trail
Difficult Difficult
Marion, NC
Difficult Difficult
Marion, NC

Photos of Ridgecrest Trails - 35

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The Green Knob Lookout Tower.
Jul 3, 2017 near Black M…, NC
Overlooking the valley below at Rocky Knob!
Jan 9, 2018 near Black M…, NC
Upper Hickory Branch Falls
Mar 22, 2018 near Marion, NC
This is a mostly unknown and epic photo op.
May 6, 2018 near Black M…, NC
Almost at the top, looking over the mountains (fall 2020).
Nov 1, 2020 near Black M…, NC
Looking down the trail.
Feb 15, 2021 near Black M…, NC
West Ridge
Feb 15, 2021 near Black M…, NC
Snowy Day on the ridge. Grey Beard Summit 0.3mile behind me.
Feb 15, 2021 near Black M…, NC

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