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'