Grandfather Trail

Grandfather Mountain State Park - Profile Trail

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

Route Type: Out-and-back      Difficulty: VERY HARD (Petzoldt Rating: 11.33 )      Hike Length: 7.0 miles      Hike Duration: 4:45      Trailhead Temp: 15'F               Trail Traffic: 1-5 people      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)