Lemon Gap to Max Patch
ElevationAscent: 1,530' 466 m
Descent: -1,530' -466 m
High: 4,615' 1,407 m
Low: 3,487' 1,063 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
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“An awesome section covering the famous Max Patch with creek crossings and the deep hardwoods of Pisgah National Forest.”— Chris Davis
About 4 miles into this hike, you'll see an opening; this is your first glance at Max Patch. Prepare your quads and climb on up to one of the most amazing views. Pull a Julie Andrews if you must on the peak—as popular as this is with locals, you'll likely have an audience.
If you are making this a day trip, it makes no difference which way you go, though I prefer to start at Lemon Gap as you won't be as tired at the end of the day hiking back up out of the woods. If you are going to backpack it, starting at Max Patch makes the most sense as there are good camping sites close to Lemon Gap including the shelter about 2 miles from the trailhead. Either way, this is one of the South's most scenic sections of the AT, and it is well worth your journey from wherever you are coming from.
Local Club: Carolina Mountain Club (CMC)