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Graybeard Trail

 4.0 (7)

Length


4.6 Miles 7.4 Kilometers


2,368' 722 m

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Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

5,382' 1,641 m

High

3,014' 919 m

Low

Shared By Brandon Thrower

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A diverse trail that leads along a creek up to the trestle switchbacks, then a steeper climb to the summit.

Brandon Thrower

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts on the edge of Montreat, and follow Flat Creek for a mile or two over rocky technical terrain, before reaching a section of the trail called the Trestle switchbacks. This 2-ish mile section of the trail is along an old logging rail line, and the gradient is very smooth, averaging about 3-5% the entire stretch. During this section, you'll also pass by the small Graybeard Falls.

After the switchbacks, the trail then starts climbing more steeply on its way to the summit of Graybeard through many short, technical sections of trail. The summit has a great view of the Black and Craggie Mountains and the foothills below. This is a must-do trail in the Asheville area. The blaze is a blue diamond.

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Land Manager: Buncombe County, NC

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Nov 23, 2018
DAVID SYMONDS
went up big Walker instead of old grey beard 8.8mi
Aug 11, 2018
Shari Edmisten
Alone. Never done this before
Jun 30, 2018
Diego dos Santos
Mar 3, 2018
Sabrina Tavella
pre-wedding hike in montreat 6mi
Sep 22, 2017
Jeffery Porter
Really nice hike, but a true long southern summit. Beautiful view once at top. Plan to stop and enjoy graybeard falls and the view from walkers knob. 10mi

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 7 votes

#8

in Montreat

#6068

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  4.0 from 7 votes
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#8

in Montreat

#208

in North Carolina

#6,068

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