Graveyard Ridge Trail, Graveyard Ridge Connector Trail

November 1, 2016 On a day too sunny and warm to be at work, I found myself using a sick day to hike another trail as part of the Pisgah 400 Challenge. Graveyard Ridge Trail is almost completely flat with little elevation change, winding around some massive peaks: Tennant, Black Balsam, Grassy Cove Top. Apart … More Graveyard Ridge Trail, Graveyard Ridge Connector Trail

Ivestor Gap Trail

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.” -Rachel Carson When I first started the Pisgah 400 challenge, I stated my … More Ivestor Gap Trail

Haywood Gap Trail

September 11, 2016 A man and his dog. Amongst the green foliage and rumbling creek, Gracie and I meandered upon the Haywood Gap Trail. Starting at F.S. 97H, just above Sunburst Campground, you are unlikely to see another soul. Gone are the skyline views from mountain peaks as in the sister Shining Rock Wilderness. Simply … More Haywood Gap Trail

Graveyard Fields Loop Trail, Mountain to Sea Access Trail

September 5, 2016 It was a gorgeous Labor Day on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST). We set out around midday from the same starting point as the hike Ramona and I took two days ago on the Bridges Camp Gap Trail. This time we went southwest (to the left) on the MST (trail #440). There was … More Graveyard Fields Loop Trail, Mountain to Sea Access Trail

Art Loeb Spur

July 17, 2016 I’m glad to be back in North Carolina, on the familiar trails that I know and love. Maybe everyone feels that way about home. But, there’s something special about having Shining Rock Wilderness and Pisgah Forest in your backyard. Those staggering peaks over 6,000 feet, the balds with views for miles in … More Art Loeb Spur

Mount Pisgah Trail

May 21, 2016 According to the U.S. Forest Service, Mount Pisgah’s name is derived from the late 18th century: “a minister climbed (or viewed, depending on the version one accepts) this mountain and, considering the fertile French Broad River Valley below it, named it after that from which Moses first viewed the Israelites’ Promised Land.” … More Mount Pisgah Trail