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Graybeard Trail

 4.0 (7)

4.6 Miles 7.4 Kilometers


78%

Runnable

2,368' 722 m

Ascent

-0' -0 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

5,382' 1,641 m

High

3,014' 919 m

Low

Shared By Brandon Thrower

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A diverse trail that leads along a creek up to the trestle switchbacks, then a steeper climb to the summit.

Brandon Thrower

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts on the edge of Montreat, and follow Flat Creek for a mile or two over rocky technical terrain, before reaching a section of the trail called the Trestle switchbacks. This 2-ish mile section of the trail is along an old logging rail line, and the gradient is very smooth, averaging about 3-5% the entire stretch. During this section, you'll also pass by the small Graybeard Falls.

After the switchbacks, the trail then starts climbing more steeply on its way to the summit of Graybeard through many short, technical sections of trail. The summit has a great view of the Black and Craggie Mountains and the foothills below. This is a must-do trail in the Asheville area. The blaze is a blue diamond.

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Land Manager: Buncombe County, NC

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Dec 2, 2018
Abdiel Flores
Up graybeard down seven sister to big piney ridge 9.5mi
Apr 24, 2018
Robert Hill
Brutal conditions with a cold, steady downpour – thought I was going to get hypothermia. Pretty technical and sketchy decent due to the rain. All t… 9.2mi
Jul 8, 2017
Mark Snyder
Did Graybeard loop (west ridge - big and lower piney). Trail was great heading up before the switchbacks. Lots of downed trees next to the river. 9mi — 2h 02m

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 7 votes

#8

in Montreat

#6078

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  4.0 from 7 votes
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#8

in Montreat

#209

in North Carolina

#6,078

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