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Bluff Ridge Primitive Trail

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2.8 mile 4.5 kilometer point to point
59% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,264' 690 m
Descent: -102' -31 m
High: 3,726' 1,136 m
Low: 1,565' 477 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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A full-on slap in the face difficult climb in the heart of Doughton Park. If you like vert, you'll like this trail.

Brandon Thrower

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail begins near the backcountry campsites on Grassy Gap Fire Road and quickly starts climbing up the Bluff Mountain Ridge to Alligator Back and the Mountains to Sea Trail (Bluff Mountain Trail). The climb gains over 2,000 ft in its short distance to the summit with little breaks. It is unrelenting and awesome!

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Land Manager: Blue Ridge Parkway

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Sep 10, 2018
Shawn Lancaster

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  4.3 from 7 votes

#5830

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#202

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#5,830

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View from the shelter at the top of Bluff Ridge Primitive Trail. A welcome place to sit after an intense outing.
Sep 18, 2017 near Sparta, NC
Some of the alligator rocks
Aug 6, 2019 near Sparta, NC
View from Bluff Mountain
Aug 6, 2019 near Sparta, NC
Flowers at the peak
Aug 9, 2019 near Sparta, NC
Near the end of the climb up Bluff Primitive, you start going downhill.... but you still have one more ascent which can be seen here in the distance.
Feb 3, 2018 near Sparta, NC

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