Grand-Further Mountain Run

 3 votes

13.2 Miles 21.2 Kilometers

 

71% 

Runnable

95%

Singletrack

4,042' 1,232 m

Ascent

-4,218' -1,286 m

Descent

5,907' 1,800 m

High

3,835' 1,169 m

Low

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

60%

Max Grade (31°)

Unknown

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The ultimate mountain race in the Southeast!

Brandon Thrower

Overview

This race is not for beginners! Prior trail race experience required before signing up. You must carry mandatory gear of water bottle, rain shell, and an emergency blanket at all times during the race. Weather conditions can change extremely fast on this mountain.
This is the ultimate mountain race in the Southeast on one of the most iconic mountains in all of Appalachia, Grandfather Mountain. Gnarly trail, 4000+ ft of climbing, fixed ladders and ropes, and the tallest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains at 5,984 ft tall!
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know

Ropes and ladders will be necessary along this route. Extremely technical terrain requiring use of minor scrambling skills. This race is not for beginners! Prior trail race experience required before signing up. You must carry mandatory gear of water bottle, rain shell, and an emergency blanket at all time during the race. Weather conditions can change extremely fast on this mountain.

Description

Start behind Lowe's Foods in Banner Elk, NC. Run Profile Trail as it transitions through mixed hardwood forest to boreal forest as it climbs the mighty mountain. Water and a light aid station are located approximately 3 miles in at Shanty Spring.

Soon, intersect the Grandfather Trail and turn left to the summit of Calloway Peak, the highest point on Grandfather Mountain. At the summit, enjoy the view then take the Daniel Boone Scout Trail all the way down the other side of the mountain. Fixed ladders and cables run along this trail near the summit and will help guide you safely down the mountain.

Once you intersect with the Tanawha Trail, turn left and follow to intersection of Nuwati Trail. Turn left here and the next aid station is close by After aid, continue following Nuwati Trail to the intersection of Cragway Trail and take a left. This trail is extremely technical with many sections requiring the use of your hands. This trail will soon pop out on a cliff band with huge views of Grandfather and the Boone Bowl.

Continue on Cragway Trail until you reach Daniel Boone Scout Trail again. Once here you'll begin to follow Daniel Boone Scout Trail back up to the summit of Calloway Peak, then down Grandfather Trail to Profile Trail , and then Profile Trail trail back to the finish line.

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