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Fork Mountain

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A great trail that sends you up and into the Shining Rock Wilderness area.


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Map Key

7.2

Miles

11.5

KM

Point to Point

5,734' 1,748 m

High

3,137' 956 m

Low

2,985' 910 m

Up

389' 118 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Off-leash

Description

This is a great trail that sends you up and into the Shining Rock Wilderness area, with amazing other trail access and loop opportunities (I recommend combining with Art Loeb, MST, and one of the other trail options to bring you back to the Sunburt area).

It is a slow and gradual climb to the ridge, and it just flows from there. Like many trails in that area, it is a bit rugged and not too maintained. I love that. Others may not. Not one person was spotted on this trail during the peak of fall colors, while there were flocks on other trails in the area.

The views are fantastic from the ridge line, the colors were amazing, and there's a wonderful sense of stillness and wild along this trail.

There is an invigorating river crossing to start the climb. During higher flows this might be more complicated.

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Shared By:

Jason Doedderlein

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  5.0 from 1 vote

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More great views
Mar 20, 2022 near Clyde, NC
First great views
Mar 20, 2022 near Clyde, NC
Bushwhacking continues
Mar 20, 2022 near Clyde, NC
Density of vegetation reduces pace significantly
Mar 20, 2022 near Clyde, NC
Just after the river crossing
Mar 20, 2022 near Hazelwood, NC
River crossing at the start
Mar 20, 2022 near Hazelwood, NC

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