October 30, 2016
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder… he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”
When I first started the Pisgah 400 challenge, I stated my main goal was to incorporate my family into as many hikes as possible. This takes longer, but is so worth it. Ivestor Gap Trial is a very family-friendly hike. With 233 ft. of ascent and 240 ft. of descent, there are no huge mountains to climb, or tough rock scrambles, only a wonderful hike with beauteous views of Shining Rock Wilderness.
We parked at the Black Balsam Parking lot, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiked to Shining Rock Gap, and returned the same way.
Total mileage is 8.93 miles.