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)