Linville Gorge - Babel Tower-Sandy Flats Loop, NC (6-21-06) - dwhike
The stunning view south from the top of Babel Tower. Hawksbill Mt pokes its head above the flanks of Sitting Bear Mt to the left. Tablerock is straight down the gorge and the rocky Laurel Knob is to the right.

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'