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0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
Paved Path


Ascent: 457' 139 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 6,647' 2,026 m
Low: 6,190' 1,887 m


Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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Trail shared by Stephanie Morrison

A steep ascent that is rewarded with amazing views.

Stephanie Morrison

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Family Friendly While the ascent is surely steep, you can't afford to miss this with your children. The trail is short enough to be doable, and the views will make it more than worth it.

The observation tower is open year round. However, the road leading up to it is closed from December 1 through March 31, and whenever weather conditions require.

Need to Know

This is a steep climb be prepared! Wear the appropriate shoes and bring water. If you need to stop along the way there are benches. Keep a lookout for the trail markers which will let you know how far you have left. Keep pushing it's worth it!

It cooler (and sometimes wet) on the observation deck and at the higher elevation so bring a jacket just in case.


The wonderful mountain views start the minute you park your car. There is ample parking space at the base of the trail. The visitor's center is located at the base. There are many viewpoints and lookouts for those who are not capable of climbing the trail.

The paved trail is a straight shot up. Don't be intimidated by the trail's climb. I've seen all ages and fitness levels reach the deck. Take your time and move at a pace that is comfortable to you. There is no tree cover so you are exposed to the elements. It tends to drizzle a bit so be prepared for the weather. You can ask a park ranger or staff in the visitor's center regarding the forecast.

You pass over the Appalachian Trail (AT) closer to the top which is a real treat.

Although this trail is short and paved, it can be challenging. Come prepared and ready to conquer!


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Apr 15, 2019
Outdoor Brahmana
Apr 11, 2019
Johnny Longo
Apr 3, 2019
Joshua B
Nov 21, 2018
Cody Gartman
Oct 24, 2018
Shawn B.
Oct 7, 2018
Justin Malbrough
It was crazy crowded...Maserati broke down in parking lot and caused backup. It was a little overcast so the view from the observation tower was so so 0.8mi
Oct 6, 2018
Cori Petersen Cork
Oct 3, 2018
Suraj Barot
Concrete board walk was closed when we went. Trail was very crowded and paved the entire way.

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