Grandfather Mountain State Park - Profile Trail, Avery County (1-10-07) - dwhike
Looking down the ridge from Watauga View towards Attic Window Peak. The dark peaks in the distance to the right of Attic Window are those of the Black Mountains, including Mt. Mitchell.

The stars finally aligned and I was able to make a hike up Grandfather after a decent snow. The Profile Trail climbs from NC-105 near Banner Elk to the summit of Calloway Peak (5964'), the highest point on the Grandfather ridge.

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  36.121972, -81.829995

Hike Length:  7.0 miles                           Hike Duration:  4:45

Trailhead Temp:  15'F

Min. Elevation:   3,800'                            Max. Elevation: 5,964'

Total Vertical Gain:  2,164'                     Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  618'