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Grandfather Trail

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 4.7 (19)

This trail is, in one word, intense! The trail has super exposed section on ladders, killer views, and is just awesome!


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.3

KM

Point to Point

5,893' 1,796 m

High

5,255' 1,602 m

Low

1,136' 346 m

Up

503' 153 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail is crazy intense, crossing an amazing ridgeline with exposed section on ladders and incredible views. Expect highly technical alpine terrain, multiple ladders on exposed cliffs, cables to help assist you one your way up slick rocks, and lots of scrambling. The trail might be short, but it doesn't lack in adventure and views!

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Brandon Thrower

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  4.7 from 19 votes

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Looking out near McRae Peak.
Jul 31, 2017 near Linville, NC
The beautiful view right after we climbed the final ladder!! Was a bit challenging trying to overcome my fear of heights but was definitely worth the views
Aug 8, 2019 near Linville, NC
Climbing back down the ladders and Cliffside...
Aug 8, 2019 near Linville, NC
Looking out onto the high country from one of many ladders on the trail.
Jul 31, 2017 near Linville, NC
At the end of grandfather mountain! Great that they have a team up there to keep everyone safe near the edges.
Aug 8, 2019 near Linville, NC
Awesome fog cloud slowly coming into the view
Aug 8, 2019 near Linville, NC

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Jul 4, 2020
Cody Lee
Dreat hike, definitely difficult but doable. take nice hiking boots and probably hiking sticks 3.6mi — 2h 01m
Jun 20, 2020
Brandon Whelan
Grandfather ext. to grandfather trail up to Calloway peak and back the same way. Foggy and raining. 5.8mi
Jun 17, 2020
Howard McGee
Jul 27, 2019
Kevin Tomas
1.4mi — 3h 00m
Jul 1, 2019
eric pulaski
from upper parking lot to Calloway Peak with 30# ruck, back on Underwood. 5.3mi — 4h 36m
Jun 30, 2019
Phil York
Fun!
Jun 17, 2019
Chris Ferrone
Jun 1, 2019
Eason Bryan
Lots of beautiful views but defiantly some challenging hiking.