Old Butt Knob Trail -- 4,900'

Old Butt Knob Trail (#332)

"Go Big or Go Home"


GPS Coordinates:  35.36404, -82.86379 (Shining Rock Gap Trail Junction)

GPS Coordinates:  35.35846, -82.82117 (Shining Creek Trail Junction)

Album Direction-Of-Travel: Eastbound

Highlights: Arguably the Hardest Trail in the District, Shining Rock, Shining Rock Wilderness, Views


Length (one-way): 3.6 miles

Petzoldt Rating: 8.80 (E to W); 4.60 (W to E)

Difficulty: EXTREME

Total Elevation Gain: 2,600' (E to W); 500' (W to E)

Elevation Gain/Mile: 722'/mile (E to W); 139'/mile (W to E)

Min. Elevation: 3,680'

Max. Elevation: 6,000'

Blaze Color: NONE


See Following Trip Reports for more info:

Shining Creek/Old Butt Knob Loop

Shining Rock (2013)

Shining Rock Loop


Connecting Trails:

Art Loeb Trail (#146)

Ivestor Gap Trail (#101)

Shining Creek Trail (#363)