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Whiteside Mountain

Intermediate

Trail

2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 485' 148 m
Descent: -433' -132 m
High: 4,897' 1,493 m
Low: 4,412' 1,345 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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A trail featuring incredible summit views at the top of Appalachia on the Eastern Continental Divide

Russell Hobart

Features Fall Colors · Views

Description

From the parking lot, there is one trail that heads out of the lot and into the forest. Just .1 miles in you have the choice to go left or right. The ascent on the left is a gravel road that goes up at a nice even grade to the top. If you go right, the ascent is quicker and you get to the views quicker, but the going is a bit more strenuous.

Much of the southeast part of the trails has fenced-in viewing areas with various bits of White Mountain history and geology. The fences protect you from a 1000' vertical drop, and some may even be uncomfortable approaching the fenceline. Various side trails circumvent the fences so be careful if you choose to approach the edge on any of the side trails. Ice, water, dry oak leaves or a whole lot of other things can lead to a quick, certain, and spectacular death.

If you remain on trail, you'll be able to enjoy the scenic views from a safe distance. As you continue on the loop, you'll begin either the gentle, graded descent, or a steeper singletrack descent. Either way you decide to go, you'll be able to enjoy the spectacular views as you work you way back to the car.

Flora & Fauna

Oaks, maples, poplars , rhododendrons and mountain laurels . Several species of birds.

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Sep 21, 2019
Matthew Deyo
2.3mi — 1h 26m
Aug 11, 2019
Rebekah C
Aug 11, 2019
Joshua C
Jul 6, 2019
Travis Seiler
Hiked with my 5 year old daughter and 8 year old son. Nice views of the rock faces. 2mi — 2h 30m
Jun 14, 2019
Erin Harris
Moderate traffic. Great conditions. 2mi — 14h 03m
May 19, 2019
Robbin Tungett
Oct 4, 2018
Kim Osborne
Jul 31, 2018
Tommy Parsley
View is obstructed by clouds. Check weather before going.

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  4.6 from 15 votes

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West side.
Aug 9, 2016 near Cullowhee, NC
Overlooking the rolling hills.
Sep 9, 2016 near Cullowhee, NC
Walking on cliff's edge!
Sep 9, 2016 near Cullowhee, NC
Looking east.
Aug 9, 2016 near Cullowhee, NC
View of the rock on a cloudy day.
Aug 14, 2019 near Cullowhee, NC
Information Booth.
Aug 9, 2016 near Cullowhee, NC

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