Grandfather Mountain State Park - Profile Trail, Avery County (1-10-07) - dwhike
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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:  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)

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