Linville Gorge Trail

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 (now defunct) 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)