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Burntrock Ridge Trail #65A

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This interior trail connects Sassafras Creek Trail near Sassafras Falls to Snowbird Creek Trail near Middle Falls.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.8

KM

Point to Point

3,993' 1,217 m

High

3,481' 1,061 m

Low

525' 160 m

Up

451' 137 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Waterfall

Family Friendly Waterfalls, a large creek, large campsites, and a footbridge make this an eventful trail for the whole family. Burntrock Ridge involves some ascent, however, the climb is short.

Description

From Sassafras Creek Trail near Sassafras Falls to Snowbird Creek Trail, this trail starts at a campsite alongside Sassafras Creek located about a tenth of a mile above Sassafras Falls. Find the trail junction sign at the campsite and turn right onto Burntrock Ridge Trail and proceed on a moderately steep climb toward a gap. The trail does not continue over the gap, rather it turns to the left and continues on a moderately steep ascent up the ridge.

The trail reaches its highest point and continues level along the ridge. Eventually the trail descends a little while continuing along the ridgetop toward the west. The trail bears to the right of the ridge and begins a descent where one is more likely to encounter short sections of overgrown trail. These include patches of briars. At no time is it hard to follow the trail.

The trail descends further with water seeps and turns right at Little Flat Branch where it follows the right bank. Trail crosses Little Flat Branch and continues down the left bank to the junction with Big Snowbird Trail (64) at Big Snowbird Creek.

Complete trail guides for Burntrock Ridge Trail and other area Snowbird Wilderness trails can be found at uphillhikes.com/category/so…

Flora & Fauna

Partridge berries and large trees grow near water seepage. Some short sections of briars and overgrown trail are located where the trail drops off the north end of Burntrock Ridge.

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Uphill Hike

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Large Beech tree covered in Moss alongside Burntrock Ridge Trail.
Oct 30, 2017 near Andrews, NC
Example of overgrown trail in June 2017. Not as bad as it looks since the overgrown sections are no more than 50 feet.
Oct 30, 2017 near Andrews, NC

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Jul 15, 2020
Jeff Powrie
We really enjoyed this diversion from following streams. An elvish look to the woods but some uphill climbs!