Race - Aug 25, 2018
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