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black Big Stack Gap Branch Trail #139

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1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,473' 449 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,387' 1,032 m
Low: 1,913' 583 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)

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Trail shared by Ben King

A tough climb with rewarding views.

Ben King

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the intersection with Slickrock Creek Trail, the trail follows Big Stack Branch for the first 0.4 miles, along a relatively flat section of trail.

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.

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in Tapoco

#467

in North Carolina

#11,585

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