The idea was to plan a 2 hour hike during the cool morning hours up high somewhere where it wouldn’t be quite as hot. We thought this hike would fill the bill but we were wrong in our memory about the length and the time involved.
The hike begins at the Pisgah Inn parking lot and follows the Mountains to the Sea trail behind the workers quarters toward Mt. Pisgah. At 0.64 miles, take a right turn toward Pilot Rock.
- Distance: 5.7 miles
- Elevation Gain: 1516′
- Difficulty: Difficult
You climb about 250 feet over Little Bald Mtn from the junction and then begin your descent down to Pilot Rock. We walked 2.8 miles before we decided to turn around and go back. We stopped just short of reaching our goal because it was taking longer than we had anticipated. The total duration of our hike was 2 hours and 44 minutes.