Black Balsam Knob, Tennent Mountain, Grassy Cove Top, & Shining Rock, NC (10-23-05) - dwhike
Ivestor Gap Trail

Black Balsam Knob, Tennent Mountain, Grassy Cove Top, & Shining Rock, NC (10-23-05)

This hike has my vote for the premier hike in North Carolina. The Art Loeb Trail leads from the Black Balsam Mountain parking area over 4 peaks above 6000 feet to Shining Rock Mountain. This is one of the largest areas of open bald in the NC mountains.


Route Type:  Loop                      Difficulty:  MODERATE

Hike Length:  8.0 miles              Hike Duration:  4:00

Trailhead Temp:  40'F                Trail Traffic:  25-50 people

Min. Elevation:  5,700'                Max. Elevation:  6,214'

Total Vertical Gain:  1,825'        Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  228'


Trails Used (Blaze Color):

Art Loeb (white), Ivestor Gap (unblazed), Old Butt Knob (unblazed)