Art Loeb Trail
ElevationAscent: 7,578' 2,310 m
Descent: -6,409' -1,954 m
High: 6,194' 1,888 m
Low: 2,138' 652 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)
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“One of the longest and more difficult trails in NC; this also ranks as one of the most popular.”— Zane Ray
Many turn this trail into a multi-day trip, but be aware of other trail users who break the trail into segments for day use.
Along its route the Art Loeb Trail traverses several significant peaks, including Black Balsam Knob (6214 feet), Tennant Mountain (6040 feet) and Pilot Mountain (5072 feet). The trail also skirts the base of Cold Mountain which was made famous by the novel and Hollywood film.
Many runners use the Art Loeb for extended backpacking trips, while others use shorter sections for day runs, or use connecting trails to form several outstanding loop runs. Most of the trail is overlapped by the Mountains-to-the Sea Trail which is blazed with 3-inch white dots.
This trail is commonly divided into four separate sections, and more information about the individual sections can be found here:
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Land Manager: USFS - Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District