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Grand-Further Mountain Run

Very Difficult


13.2 mile 21.3 kilometer point to point
70% Runnable
Very Difficult


Ascent: 3,999' 1,219 m
Descent: -4,159' -1,268 m
High: 5,903' 1,799 m
Low: 3,838' 1,170 m


Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)


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The ultimate mountain race in the Southeast!

Brandon Thrower

Features River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


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+ feet of climbing, fixed ladders and ropes, and the tallest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains at 5,984 feet tall!

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.


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 the aid station. Turn around here and retrace your steps back to the finish line at the Old Profile Trail.

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Nov 17, 2019
Matt Kornegay
This course shredded my legs. Climbing the first part, then downhill. Turn around and repeat. My calves were sore for a week. Was cloudy and rained. 15.3mi — 4h 01m
Jul 28, 2019
Jeff Cody

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The overlook on Cragway Trail looks up to the mighty summit of Calloway Peak.
Jan 24, 2017 near Foscoe, NC
Fun hike in the early morning.
Nov 12, 2019 near Foscoe, NC
Early morning hike to the top of Calloway Peak
Nov 12, 2019 near Foscoe, NC
View from Foscoe View. Signage (not pictured) identifies the peaks in the distance.
Aug 13, 2018 near Foscoe, NC
Grandfather Mountain in the midst of the early spring foliage (or lack thereof) .
Mar 19, 2019 near Foscoe, NC

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