ElevationAscent: 1,580' 482 m
Descent: -50' -15 m
High: 4,691' 1,430 m
Low: 3,161' 963 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A gradual climb with some rugged sections.”— Paul Stahlschmidt
Some sections are steep though, and the trail passes through several named gaps. There are also many short, rocky sections throughout, but for the most part, this trail traverses the contours Laurel Mountain through some amazing groves of mature Mountain Laurel.
The mountain and trail are aptly named. The first five miles gain about 1000 ft. After about 5 or 6 miles there is an extra steep section; you'll know when you're there. The last mile, including this section, gains over 500 feet.
The intersection with the Laurel Mountain Connector near Turkey Spring Gap will be on the left. From here, you can continue with Pilot, or turn around and enjoy a return on Laurel downhill.
Land Manager: USFS - Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District