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Graybeard Trail

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 4.4 (15)

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


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

Point to Point

5,382' 1,641 m

High

3,014' 919 m

Low

2,368' 722 m

Up

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Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Buncombe County, NC

Shared By:

Brandon Thrower

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 15 votes

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in Montreat

#641

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#1

in Montreat

#641

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Photos

Snowy Day on the ridge. Grey Beard Summit 0.3mile behind me.
Feb 15, 2021 near Black M…, NC
Across the Sanctuary Pond on a sunny winter day.
Jan 24, 2019 near Black M…, NC
Bridge over Flat Creek at the Graybeard Trailhead
Jan 24, 2019 near Black M…, NC

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Oct 17, 2020
Paul Brown
Beautiful but rugged trail. Watch your footing! Great views from the summit. Take time to do Walker's Knob. Some muddy areas. Best to wear boots. — 5h 00m
Aug 8, 2020
Harrison Perusek
Fun hike with rewarding finish at the top of Graybeard Mtn. You can see pretty far from the summit, but the view isn't as panoramic as I'd hoped. B… 4.6mi — 6h 00m
Feb 22, 2020
Adam Gibbs
Sep 7, 2019
Bruce Belo
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.