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Vertical Mile Challenge

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

0.4 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 442' 135 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 1,582' 482 m
Low: 1,140' 348 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

A steep trail that climbs a bald, rocky face.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

This trail is a calf-burner. From the parking lot, get on the Grindstone Trail and after about half a mile you'll come to a creek crossing and a backcountry campground. Turn right here to get on the Vertical Mile Challenge (note: you'd have to do the trail a bunch of times to get a vertical mile, either in distance or elevation gain).

Soon, the trail turns north and plows directly up a slab of rock with good friction. Turn around on occasion to get good views of the picturesque countryside. The trail terminates at the Hollow Rock Trail where you can turn right to add some mileage or left to head back towards the parking lot.

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Jun 11, 2019
Jennifer Marquardt
Worth the views! 0.4mi
May 13, 2018
Andria Deane
Dec 18, 2017
Rayne Britt

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 6 votes

#5131

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  4.3 from 6 votes
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#163

in North Carolina

#5,131

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Photos

Along the Vertical Mile Challenge Trail's steep climb, enjoy this interesting rock slab and an incredible view.
Mar 5, 2017 near Taylors…, NC
Vertical Mile Challenge Loop Complete 2 Mile Video
Jan 9, 2018 near Taylors…, NC

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