AT: Carver's Gap to US19E
ElevationAscent: 1,821' 555 m
Descent: -4,416' -1,346 m
High: 5,876' 1,791 m
Low: 2,934' 894 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A tough section run, rewarded with beautiful 360-degree views!”— Hannah Tuttle
The Overmountain Shelter is now permanently closed due to structural integrity issues. It has been advised not to camp within 40 feet of the shelter in the event it might collapse.
Next, you'll begin the to climb the rest of Little Hump Mountain, which is tough. About a 1,000 ft. elevation gain over 2 or so miles. You'll then come through the tree line and again there will be a 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but possibly also high winds.
The climb to the top of Hump Mountain can only be described as gnarly. It is straight up with a 400 ft. elevation gain in about 0.25 miles. From the top of Hump Mountain, you got a perfect view of Grandfather Mountain, Sugar Mountain, and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.
The rest of this section of trail is rolling until turning left near a fence line. The next section of trail will go back down the ridge through the woods. After winding down the trail and going through switchbacks that drop almost 1,500 feet in elevation, the trail comes across a clearing where there was a campsite and a few opportunities to get a view of the area around Hwy-19.
**A good out-and-back alternative would be to start from Carver's Gap and run to Little Hump, where you could camp for the night or turn around. The views here are stellar, and you save yourself from the grueling run up Hump Mountain.
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