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Hangover Lead Trail #56

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 4.5 (4)

A pleasant descent along a beautiful ridge.


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5.4

Miles

8.6

KM

Point to Point

5,230' 1,594 m

High

1,943' 592 m

Low

238' 73 m

Up

3,525' 1,074 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The most common entrance point for this trail is Slick Rock Road, which bisects this route. From the road, there is a northern and a southern extent of the trail.

South section of Hangover Lead Trail:
From Saddle Tree Gap heading north, descend 0.2 miles on Trail 56 to a side trail on the right 0.3 miles to The Hangover for great views of lakes and ridges.

Returning to Trail 56, begin your descent to Big Fat Gap. There are several seeps over the next few miles, but no major creeks with year-round water. At mile 0.4, there are some amazing overlooks of the valley below, but don't miss the sharp right turn in the trail. The game trail leading down the ridge quickly becomes a scramble through the rhododendron if you're not paying attention. Continue on to Big Fat Gap at mile 3.1.

Big Fat Gap is often used as a starting point to run either the North or South sections of Hangover Lead, and is accessible from Slickrock Creek Road, NC Forest Road 62.

North section of Hangover Lead Trail:
Continuing to the north from the South section of Hangover Lead, you gain 300 feet in the next 0.3 miles to the top of Cold Spring Knob. The trail continues to follow the ridge, often steeply to Yellow Hammer Gap, intersecting with Belding and Tapoco Trails. From that intersection, the trail continues on briefly until its terminus at Ike Branch Trail.

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Ben King

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 4 votes

#3

in Tapoco

#6214

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#3

in Tapoco

#197

in North Carolina

#6,214

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Awesome views!
Oct 11, 2018 near Robbins…, NC
Solitude on the Benton MacKaye Trail in the Slickrock Wilderness Area
Apr 7, 2020 near Robbins…, NC
Hangover trailhead on Ike Branch
Jul 29, 2018 near Robbins…, NC

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Nov 17, 2019
Shaun Anon
Sep 8, 2019
Anne Carroll
Reached stunning viewpoint via Hangover Lead alternate 56a — 12h 00m
Jun 26, 2019
Shaun S
Beautiful view for miles, once you get there. This is a tough hike. Plenty of uphill on the way there, and all downhill on the way back. You'll ru… 5.8mi — 4h 13m
Sep 8, 2018
Shaun Anon
Sep 9, 2017
Jacob Dein
Hiked section from Big Fat Gap to the top of the mountain and back