Wolf Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,310' 1,009 m
Descent: -126' -39 m
High: 4,729' 1,442 m
Low: 1,466' 447 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Wolf Ridge Trail leads over 3,000 feet up to Gregory Bald Trail in a challenging but rewarding climb”— Max Willner
From the fork that connects to Twentymile Trail, the trail is broad and will lead to the Twentymile Loop Trail in 1.1 miles. Visitors can opt to switch over, or continue northbound towards Campsite 95. From the campsite, it's all uphill through the woods and mountain laurels for roughly 5.2 miles until reaching Campsite 13 (Sheep Pen Gap). Many choose to stay at the site, where they can take a much shorter, roughly half a mile trail to Gregory Bald to catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
Be wary of several fallen trees along the way. It's a bit of a challenging trail with a frequently steep incline, but both the campsite and Gregory Bald are well worth the effort.
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders.
For more information on black bears in the Smokies, refer to this webpage.
Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus).
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Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park