This run features multiple views from massive balds at 6000ft! The footing is technical throughout, but the climbing is very minimal for such a mountainous area. Plus, you are cruising over 5,500 ft the majority of the time, so this is a great summer route!
Features: River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers
Start from Ivestor Gap lot. Run Sam Knob Trail
to Flat Laurel Creek Trail
, turn left on Flat Laurel Creek Trail
and follow to Little Sam Trail
, turn right and follow Little Sam Trail
to Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Hwy 215 to Black Balsam Knob
, turn left on Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Hwy 215 to Black Balsam Knob
until it intersects with the Art Loeb Trail
, continue straight on the shared Art Loeb/MST to paved road. At the paved road cross and follow Art Loeb Trail
that splits left, run over Black Balsam and Tennent Mountains. Once you reach Ivestor Gap, turn left (almost a U-turn) onto Ivestor Gap Trail which is basically a rocky road and follow it all the way back to the van.