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Art Loeb Trail

 20 votes

31.1 Miles 50.1 Kilometers

 

81% 

Runnable

90%

Singletrack

6,563' 2,000 m

Ascent

-7,726' -2,355 m

Descent

6,196' 1,889 m

High

2,138' 652 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

68%

Max Grade (34°)

All Clear

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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

Overview

Taken in its entirely, the ~30 mile Art Loeb Trail traverses many significant peaks in North Carolina, which provides ample places to stop to take in the panoramic views. The trail begins with a steep incline at first, but quickly begins a gently rolling descent to the end point.

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.
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Description

Although one of the longest and more difficult trails in North Carolina, the 30.1-mile Art Loeb Trail still ranks as one of the more popular routes in the area. And no wonder, traveling mainly along peaks and ridges, the trail offers many outstanding panoramic views along the way.

Along its route the Art Loeb Trail traverses several significant peaks, including Black Balsam Knob (6214 feet), Tennant Mountain (6040 feet) and Pilot Mountain (5095 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.

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