"If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else." --- Yogi Berra

On the Summit of Pinnacle
2014 Stats
  • Total Distance Hiked in 2014: approximately 328.9Miles
  • Total Elevation Gain in 2014: approximately 75,149 ft.

Bennet Gap Loop Sunday, December 28, 2014

Distance Hiked: 4.1 RT
Elevation Gain: 1200 ft.

Mountains to the Sea Trail (Green Knob) Friday, December 26, 2014

Green Knob Trail Info and Gallery

  • Distance Hiked: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 816 ft.

Alum Cave Trail , Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • Distance: 5.5 Miles One Way
  • Elevation Change: 2763′ (DOWN)
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous

Alum Cave Trail →

Top of Mt LeConte , Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Distance: 4.5 Miles total
  • Elevation Change: 250′
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Mt. LeConte Trips Page →

Alum Cave Trail , Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Distance: 5.5 Miles One Way to Top of Mt. LeConte
  • Elevation Change: 2763′ (UP)
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous

Alum Cave Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, November 10, 2014

Four Seasons Trail, Hickory Nut Fall Trail, Outcroppings Trail and the Skyline Trail

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1080′
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous (mostly steps)

Chimney Rock Park Trail System Info →

Alum Cave Trail – Friday, October 31 – Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Distance: 11 Mile RT to Mt. LeConte
  • Elevation Change: 2763 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Alum Cave Trail →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, October 27, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Cat Gap Loop Over John Rock – Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Total miles hiked: 5.6
  • Total vertical: 1000′

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Sunday, October 19, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

North 40 Loop – Monday, October 13, 2014

  • Distance: 1.1 Mile Loop
  • Elevation Change: 200 feet twice
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, October 6, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Shut-In Trail – Pisgah Parking Lot to Elk Pasture Gap – Monday, October 5, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Coon Tree Loop Monday,October 4, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Coon Tree Loop Trail Info →

Cedar Rock Summit, Saturday September 27, 2014

  • Distance: 6.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1700 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Cedar Rock Summit →

Daniel Ridge Loop – Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Distance: 4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Daniel Ridge Loop →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Saturday, September 20, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Grassy Mountain Ridge Line – Tuesday, September 9, 2014

  • Elevation: 7687′ at Summit
  • Distance: 4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 400 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

See Trail Details →

Sacajawea Peak – Monday, September 8, 2014

  • Elevation: 9665′ at Summit
  • Distance: 4.4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1955 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

See Trail Details →

North 40 Loop – Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • Distance: 1.1 Mile Loop
  • Elevation Change: 200 feet twice
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, August 11, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park , Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Shut-In Trail – Pisgah Parking Lot to Elk Pasture Gap – Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mt. Pisgah Trail Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Shut-In Trail – Pisgah Parking Lot to Elk Pasture Gap – Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Art Loeb-Graveyard Ridge – MTS , Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Distance: 6.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: ?
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

AL – GR – MTS Loop →

Chimney Rock State Park , Friday, July 25, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Chimney Rock State Park , Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hiked from Upper Parking Lot to Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 1.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 522 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Shut-In Trail – Elk Pasture Gap to Pisgah Parking Lot – Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Flat Laurel Creek Loop Via Parkway, Saturday July 12, 2014

  • Distance: 5.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 900 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Art Loeb – MTS – Flat Laurel Creek →

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, July 7, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Mt. Cammerer, Great Smoky Mountains,  July 4, 2014

  • Distance: 11.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 2792 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Mt. Cammerer →

Mt. Pisgah Trail Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park, Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Four Seasons and Hickory Nut Falls Trails to Upper Parking Lot at 1958′

  • Distance: 2.7 mi RT
  • Elevation Gain: 558′
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Chimney Rock State Park, Monday, June 23, 2014

Hiked Hickory Nut Falls trail and steps to top of Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 2.7 mi RT
  • Elevation Gain: 350′
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Chimney Rock State Park →

Coon Tree Loop Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Coon Tree Loop Trail Info →

Mt. Pisgah Trail Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Cedar Rock Summit, Saturday June 14, 2014

  • Distance: 6.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1700 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Cedar Rock Summit →

Pressley Cove Trail, Sunday June 1, 2014

  • Distance: 2.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1003 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Pressley Cove Trail →

Mt. Pisgah Trail Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park , Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Grassy Mountain Property Line, Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Distance: 1.1 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 300 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Chimney Rock State Park , Tuesday May 20, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip and Hiked to Chimney and Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1080 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Chimney Rock State Park →

Pressley Cove Trail, Saturday May 17, 2014

  • Distance: 2.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1003 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Pressley Cove Trail →

MTS Stony Bald to Elk Pasture Gap Saturday May 10, 2014

  • Distance: 6 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Hiked section of the MTS Trail that we had not previously done. Nice soft trail running the ridge.

Stony Bald to Elk Pasture Gap →

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday May 5, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip and Hiked to Chimney and Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1080 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Chimney Rock State Park →

Flat Laurel Creek Loop Via Parkway, Sunday May 4, 2014

  • Distance: 5.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 900 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Art Loeb – MTS – Flat Laurel Creek →

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, April 28, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Middle Prong Wilderness Loop – BRP, Sunday April 27, 2014

  • Distance: 9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1380 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Middle Prong Wilderness Loop →

Chimney Rock State Park , Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip and Hiked to Chimney and Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1080 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Chimney Rock State Park →

Mt. Pisgah Trail, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park , Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Mt. Pisgah Trail Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mountains to the Sea Trail – Sam Knob Loop, Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Distance: 6.5 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

MTS – Sam Knob Loob →

Chimney Rock State Park , April 18, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park →

Mt. Pisgah Trail Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Frying Pan Mtn Tower Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Distance: 1.5 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 400 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Frying Pan Mtn Tower →

Big Creek Trail at Little Pisgah Ridge Tunnel Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Big Creek Trail at Little Pisgah Ridge Tunnel →

Mt. Pisgah Trail Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Art Lobe to Black Balsam & Tenant Mtn. Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Distance: 4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 344 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Art Loeb – Black Balsam and Tenant Mtn. →

Cedar Rock Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Distance: 6.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1700 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Chimney Rock Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Distance: 2.4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 800 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous Staircases

Coon Tree Loop Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Shut-In Trail – Elk Pasture Gap to Pisgah Parking Lot Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

John Rock Loop Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Distance: 5.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

John Rock Loop →

Pressley Cove to Pressley Gap Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Distance: 2.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1003 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Pressley Cove Trail Info →

Chimney Rock Outcroppings and Skyline Trail Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Distance: 2.4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 800 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous Staircases

Chimney Rock State Park Trail Info →

Coon Tree Loop Sunday, March 3, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Had a bad cold all week after going skiing at Snowshoe. Took Saturday off from exercise and took a short, quick and easy hike to see if I had my hiking legs back yet.  It was a nice walk in the woods.

Coon Tree Loop Trail Info →

Blue Ridge Parkway, Wagon Rd Gap to Forest Rd. 450 Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Distance: 5 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy Road Walking in the Snow

Pictures of our Hike →

Pressley Cove Trail to Black Mountain Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Distance: 5.6 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 2125 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous!

More trail information can be found here:

Jakes Creek / Cucumber Gap / Little River Trail Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 5.5 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 725 ft.

Trail Info and Pictures →

AT: Newfound Gap to Indian Gap Friday, January 31, 2014

Trail Info and Pictures →

  • Distance Hiked: 3.4 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 735 ft.

Mountains to the Sea Trail (Green Knob) Monday, January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King Day

Green Knob Trail Info and Gallery

  • Distance Hiked: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 816 ft.
  • FitBit Steps Count: 9906 Steps

Table Rock Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 6.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1790 ft.
  • FitBit Steps Count: 19,685 steps

Table Rock State Park Picture Gallery

Chimney Rock Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 2.4 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft.

Chimney Rock State Park Picture Gallery I hiked from the upper parking lot to Exclamation Point up all of the stairs … ah, nature’s stair master.

Bennet Gap Loop Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 4.1 RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1200 ft.

My Bennet Gap Picture Gallery We parked on the Avery Creek Forestry road near Brevard and began our hike clockwise up Bennet Gap Trail. It was a bluebird day with temperatures in the upper 40’s. The beginning of the trail down along the creek was icy, but that soon gave way as we climbed higher. We intersected the Coon Tree Loop Trail after climbing about 500 feet and continued on hiking the ridgetop to Perry Cove Trail. We love running ridges in the winter. The views are longer and you can see the lay of the land with all of the bumps and hollows. Perry Cove Trail is really steep going down. It was a really great day in the neighborhood.

Daniel Ridge Loop Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 4 RT
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft.

Phil and I finally got a weather window allowing us to get out in the woods. We hiked the Daniel Ridge Loop counterclockwise. It was a nice brisk walk and it felt really good to get outside. The temperature was in the mid 40’s with sunshine, the perfect hiking weather.

My Hiking Buddy

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

--- Albert Einstein

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