One of the most ruggedly beautiful hikes I've ever been on. I descended via the Babel Tower Trail then followed the Linville Gorge Trail downriver to the Sandy Flats Trail. From there I made my 1200' climb out of the gorge...


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  35.907309, -81.911145


Hike Length:  ~9.0 miles              Hike Duration:  5:15

Trailhead Temp:  65'F

Min. Elevation:  2,150'                  Max. Elevation:  3,800'

Total Vertical Gain:  2,100'          Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  233'