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Grandfather Trail

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 4.7 (24)

This trail is, in one word, intense! The trail has super exposed section on ladders, killer views, and is just awesome!


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.3

KM

67%

Runnable

5,893' 1,796 m

High

5,255' 1,602 m

Low

1,136' 346 m

Up

503' 153 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

You won't find yourself running much of this trail, to be honest, but the experience of crossing this amazing ridgeline is worth the slow pace.

Description

This trail is crazy intense, crossing an amazing ridgeline with exposed section on ladders and incredible views. Expect highly technical alpine terrain, multiple ladders on exposed cliffs, cables to help assist you one your way up slick rocks, and lots of scrambling. The trail might be short, but it doesn't lack in adventure and views!

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Brandon Thrower

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  4.7 from 24 votes

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Photos

Looking out near McRae Peak.
Jul 31, 2017 near Linville, NC
Looking out onto the high country from one of many ladders on the trail.
Jul 31, 2017 near Linville, NC
A fat Black Bear eating a snack!
Apr 6, 2016 near Newland, NC
A series of cables and ladders give access to great views.
Jul 17, 2021 near Linville, NC
The Mountain in the spring
May 2, 2018 near Linville, NC
The beautiful view right after we climbed the final ladder!! Was a bit challenging trying to overcome my fear of heights but was definitely worth the views
Aug 8, 2019 near Linville, NC

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