Big Stack Gap Branch Trail #139
ElevationAscent: 1,473' 449 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,387' 1,032 m
Low: 1,913' 583 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“A tough climb with rewarding views.”— Ben King
The trail then veers off to the right away from the creek and begins a strenuous climb with very few switchbacks to break it up, 1000 feet in one mile. If you need water, there is a small spring around 1.2 miles in.
The intense climb rewards you with incredible views as you come out onto the ridge at the top, around mile 1.4. After a brief flat spell along the ridge, you begin the last push up to Fodderstack Horse Trail #95. There is a decent campsite at this junction, but the nearest water is the aforementioned spring.
Land Manager: USFS - Cherokee National Forest Office