Mount Pisgah Trailhead

Mount Pisgah fr. Pisgah Inn

While Hurricane Sandy wrecked havoc with wind, rain, flooding to the north she showed a different side of her to the south. Snow from a hurricane? I didn't even think that was a thing! Thankfully Sandy spared the lower elevations but the high peaks got a real taste of winter. I wouldn't be denied an opportunity to go play in the snow in North October, no less! Aware that views wouldn't really be in the offing I decided to revisit a summit I hadn't been to in a decade or so...Mt. Pisgah.

It's 5,721' pyramidal peak is visible from many places in the local area but it's not its shape that draws attention, it's the 339' communication tower that sits atop it. An eyesore to say the least, I figured a nice whiteout might blur it out a bit.

Time to go for a walk in the snow...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  35.403727, -82.753367

Route Type:  Inverted Lollipop    Difficulty:  CHALLENGING  (Petzoldt Rating:  6.00 )

Hike Length: 4.0 miles                  Hike Duration: 2:30

Trailhead Temp: 25'F                    Trail Traffic:  NONE!!!

Min. Elevation: 4,950'                    Max. Elevation: 5,721'

Total Vertical Gain: 1,000'             Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 513'

Trails Used (Blaze Color):

Mount Pisgah Trail (unblazed), Mountains-to-Sea (white), Pilot Rock (orange)


  • Bill Randolph

    on April 1, 2015

    man, just happened upon your awesome pictorial of hiking up Mt. Pisgah in the snow! Simply great!! I was a seasonal ranger on the Parkway back in the early 1990's , and did campfire programs at the Mt. Pisgah campground amphitheater. I think we could communicate well with each other. If you have the time and would like to chat sometime, my e-mail address is Again, thanks for posting this wonderful series of photos of a snowy Mt. Pisgah, and had I been in the area, would have enjoyed hiking up there with you in the snow. Regards, Bill Randolph