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blueBlack Graybeard Trail

Trail

4.6 mile 7.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,368' 722 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 5,382' 1,641 m
Low: 3,014' 919 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Brandon Thrower

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

Brandon Thrower

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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May 27, 2019
John Williams
Trailhead — 6h 51m
May 2, 2019
Joshua Rivenbark
Apr 21, 2019
Cameron Titus
Hiked with Sara. about 2.5hr up. 2hr down.
Mar 17, 2019
Missy Wright
Jan 21, 2019
Juan Gallegos
Jan 1, 2019
Will Waller
great views off of the top.
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

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 11 votes

#5

in Montreat

#4564

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#5

in Montreat

#151

in North Carolina

#4,564

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