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Cold Mountain Out-and-Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A climb to the summit of Cold Mountain.


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10.4

Miles

16.8

KM

Out and Back

6,014' 1,833 m

High

3,302' 1,007 m

Low

2,724' 830 m

Up

2,724' 830 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views

Overview

This is a great climb that follows the Art Loeb before splitting off to reach the summit of Cold Mountain for spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Need to Know

Parking can be a bit tight on busy fall weekends, given the views from the top.

Description

Start at the TH for Art Loeb and begin climbing. You'll mix climbing with some flatter sections, will cross some streams, and will have access to some all-around lovely terrain. You'll be working towards a ridgeline, which you'll hit about 3.5 miles in.

Once the trail flattens out at the ridgeline, Art Loeb takes a turn to the right and the Cold Mountain Trail continues to the left. There is some steep climbing along this section.

Once you reach the summit, turn around and head back. The trail just keeps getting smaller and harder to navigate without offering any reward, if you continue to push forward.

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Jason Doedderlein

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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Cold Mountain, NC (6,030 ft)
Jul 2, 2018 near West Ca…, NC
Cold Mountain, NC U.S. Geological Survey Bench Mark
Jul 2, 2018 near West Ca…, NC
Many rocky portions heading up the trail.
Sep 19, 2021 near Clyde, NC
Beginning of Cold Mountain.
Sep 19, 2021 near Clyde, NC

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Sep 19, 2021
Josh S
Due to recent flooding there is not parking at the TH. There is a small roadside lot approximately 1/2 mile before the trailhead.