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Gems in West and Mountains - 21

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gem Favorite Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.

Clingmans Dome

(122) Gatlinburg, TN
gem Favorite Enjoy expansive views across the valley to Looking Glass Rock.

John Rock

(23) Brevard, NC
gem Favorite Andrews Bald.

Andrews Bald

(29) Bryson…, NC
gem Favorite The breathtaking sight of Linville Gorge from Shortoff Mountain.

Shortoff Mountain View

(11) Glen Al…, NC
gem Favorite Linville Gorge Wilderness Area as seen from the peak of Table Rock Mountain.

Table Rock Summit

(14) Spruce…, NC
gem Favorite Watching a mixture of fog and clouds dissipate as the sun rises above Linville Gorge. Those rolling clouds get misty - bring a rain jacket!

Big Flat Rock Overlook / Campsite

(9) Spruce…, NC

Recommended Routes in West and Mountains - 123

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Favorite Tablerock Mountain (to the right) from Shortoff Mountain.
Difficult

Linville Gorge Wilderness Loop

21.9 mi 35.2 km 4,723' Up 1439.6 m Up 4,722' Down 1439.31 m Down

Glen Al…, NC
Favorite Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.
Difficult

Mount Mitchell - Black Mountain Crest Trail #179

12.1 mi 19.5 km 5,010' Up 1526.98 m Up 1,498' Down 456.71 m Down

Burnsville, NC
Favorite Pilot Mountain on the Art Loeb Trail
Difficult

Art Loeb Trail

31.1 mi 50.1 km 7,578' Up 2309.92 m Up 6,409' Down 1953.61 m Down

Brevard, NC
Favorite Forest on Baxter Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Difficult

Mt. Sterling Loop (Big Creek / Baxter Creek)

17.7 mi 28.6 km 4,234' Up 1290.45 m Up 4,233' Down 1290.07 m Down

Cove Creek, NC
Favorite Andrews Bald.
Intermediate

Andrews Bald Out and Back

3.6 mi 5.8 km 806' Up 245.82 m Up 807' Down 246.08 m Down

Bryson…, NC
Favorite Enjoy expansive views across the valley to Looking Glass Rock.
Intermediate/Difficult

John Rock Loop

5.7 mi 9.1 km 975' Up 297.1 m Up 970' Down 295.68 m Down

Brevard, NC
Favorite View from the Mt. Mitchell summit.
Difficult

Mount Mitchell

11.7 mi 18.8 km 3,651' Up 1112.72 m Up 3,650' Down 1112.62 m Down

Black M…, NC
Favorite Heading towards Grassy Ridge Bald.
Intermediate/Difficult

Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge Bald

4.7 mi 7.5 km 986' Up 300.52 m Up 985' Down 300.25 m Down

Roan Mo…, TN
Favorite Near Sam's Knob
Intermediate/Difficult

Sam Knob Loop

9.8 mi 15.7 km 1,393' Up 424.63 m Up 1,402' Down 427.37 m Down

Brevard, NC

West and Mountains Running

  • 5,025 Miles 8,088 Kilometers of Trail
  • 121 Recommended Routes
  • 21 Gems Gems
  • 230 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 570 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 234 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in West and Mountains - 913

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5.4 mi 8.7 km #1Boone Fork Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Blowing Rock, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Blowing Rock, NC 63 
0.8 mi 1.3 km #2Clingmans Dome Trail
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC 70 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #3Looking Glass Rock Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Brevard, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Brevard, NC 45 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #4Woody Ridge Trail (177)
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC
Very Difficult
Burnsville, NC 27 
3.5 mi 5.7 km #5Profile Trail
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC
Difficult
Banner Elk, NC 31 
7.7 mi 12.4 km #6Shortoff Mountain Trail
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC
Difficult
Glen Alpine, NC 19 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #7Hawksbill Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Spruce Pine, NC 22 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #8Grandfather Trail
Difficult
Linville, NC
Difficult
Linville, NC 23 
2.4 mi 3.9 km #9Flat Top Trail
Intermediate
Blowing Rock, NC
Intermediate
Blowing Rock, NC 25 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #10Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC 18 

Photos of West and Mountains - 1,183

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Afternoon sun streaming through the trees on the Crest Trail.
Apr 26, 2017 near Burnsville, NC
Forest on Baxter Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Jul 28, 2015 near Cove Creek, NC
Rays and ridges from Waterrock Knob. Photo by Robert Stephens.
Mar 24, 2016 near Maggie…, NC
Mouse Creek Falls © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
Midnight Hole © Ryan Jones
Jan 16, 2016 near Cove Creek, NC
Plenty of mountains to view from Clingman's Dome.
Mar 31, 2016 near Gatlinburg, TN
Running along the crest of the Black Mountains of NC.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC
Morning glory on the Black Mountain Crest Trail.
Jan 17, 2016 near Burnsville, NC