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Yellow Mountain Trail

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6.2

Miles

10.0

KM

Point to Point

5,125' 1,562 m

High

4,099' 1,249 m

Low

1,802' 549 m

Up

976' 297 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Description

From the Buck Creek Road gravel parking area (a sign post marks the trailhead) it is about 6 miles ONE WAY to the Yellow Mountain summit. The first mile includes switchbacks up Cole Mountain, then a gradual descent off Shortoff Mountain down to the Yellow Mountain Gap (at about the 4.8 mile point).

From there, you begin about 1000ft of ascent to the summit (5127 ft). The summit of Yellow Mountain has a fire tower and fantastic views. The return trip includes a roughly 900 ft steady ascent back up Shortoff, as part of the total ~2900 ft of climbing during the 12-mile round-trip.

The trail is well marked with light blue blazes, and is shaded in forest most of the way until the Yellow Mountain summit.

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Bill Horton

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May 29, 2020
Laura Leichter
Bring more water 12mi
Jul 23, 2019
P C
The round trip hike to the summit of Yellow Mountain is about 13.1 miles. Total trip time was six hours with a one hour break at the summit of YM. 13.1mi — 4h 41m
May 22, 2019
Joshua Robb Layno
Its actually ~6 miles to the fire tower from the trailhead at Buck Creek. Be prepared, this is not an easy hike. 6mi — 3h 21m