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'
Trails Used (blaze color/shape): Grandfather (blue diamonds), Profile (orange diamonds)