Babel Tower-Sandy Flats Loop Hike Route Map

Linville Gorge - Babel Tower-Sandy Flats Loop

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

Route Type:  Loop                       Difficulty:  EXTREME  (Petzoldt Rating:  13.20 )

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

Trailhead Temp:  65'F                 Trail Traffic:  5-10 people

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

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

Trails Used (blaze color):  Babel Tower (unblazed), Linville Gorge (unblazed), Sandy Flats (unblazed, no longer exists)


  • Guest

    on January 8, 2012

    cliff across the gorge are midcliff point /Futuristic wall. Sitting bear mountain is not in this pic. USFS changed their policy and put in a few signs.