Picken's Nose (4-1-13)
Occupying a narrow, rocky ridge near the Standing Indian Basin of the Nantahala National Forest, Pickens Nose (4,880') isn't so much a summit as a spectacular semi-exposed ridge amongst some of the steepest terrain in the Southern Appalachians. Despite its relatively diminutive height, The Nose commands views that rival anything that its higher neighboring peaks have to offer. Named after infamous South Carolinian Andrew Pickens and not after a nasty habit, this 'peak' is not all that hard to get to. The trail out to the end of the ridge is only about three-quarters of a mile long and only gains around 200' in elevation. For the southern mountains that's not a lot of effort for the payoff you get at the end.
To get to The Nose, you can either ascend from west at Standing Indian Basin or from the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory to the east. Either way you have to follow steep, winding forest roads up to the ridge which you really shouldn't have any trouble with even in a car. Despite being on the edge of the Southern Nantahala Wilderness the trailhead is well-marked and the hike is wide and easy to follow. Come have a look...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.030385, -83.461894
Route Type: Out-and-back Difficulty: EASY
Hike Length: 1.5 miles Hike Duration: 1:00
Trailhead Temp: 50'F Trail Traffic: NONE!!
Min. Elevation: 4,680' Max. Elevation: 4,900'
Total Vertical Gain: 220' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 293'
Trails Used (blaze color): Picken's Nose Trail (unblazed)