View of Cold Mountain

Mt. Pisgah

3 mi round-trip

Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Climb: Climbs Moderately
Lowest Elevation: 4980
Highest Elevation: 5730
Total Elevation Gain: 750
Configuration: Out-and-back
Starting Point: Mount Pisgah Parking Area, Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 407.6

Pisgah Inn View
Pisgah Inn View
View Downtown Asheville
View Downtown Asheville
Bear Poop
Bear Poop
Tower on Mt Pisgah
Tower on Mt Pisgah
View of Cold Mountain
View of Cold Mountain
Sandy on the Trail

Pinnacle Mountain

October hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of my favorite things to do. Phil has taken this week off and we have decided to spend it at home resting and doing mini-adventures close to home.

On Sunday, we drove down to Table Rock State Park and hiked up to Pinnacle Mountain. The Table Rock Trail  begins at the main parking lot beside the lake. We hiked for a mile or so and branched off on the Carrick Creek Trail that connects to the Pinnacle Mountain Trail.

It is a strenuous 4.2 mile hike to the top of Pinnacle. The last .7 miles is very steep. From the summit, we took the ridge trail 1 mile down to the Mill Creek Spur. The entire hike was 8.9 miles. The leaves were just beginning to change, but still had a few weeks before we will see full color.

View from Pisgah Inn

Weekend Getaway

One of our very favorite places to spend a quiet weekend is the Pisgah Inn located near milepost 405 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The rooms are old school quaint. There are no phones and no airconditioning. The tiny little bathrooms are circa 1955.

If you can almost see your house from the balcony of your hotel, is it really a getaway?

The balconies overlook one of the most beautiful views from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hiking trails run right off the parking lot connecting to trails that range from easy to extremely difficult. There is always something to do and explore.

We have been run ragged over the past 6 or 7 months and just decided to run away and relax for 3 days. It was great. We hiked down to Pilot Rock during the day and did some serious porch sitting in the early mornings and late evenings. The restaurant was fabulous as always and my trout (their signature dish) was superb.

Four Seasons Trail

Hikes, April 8-13, 2013

Monday, Chimney Rock State Park

After taking Sunday off, I didn’t want to completely seize up. I ran over to Chimney Rock and did a quick up and down. This time, I counted the steps. I only counted an official step. Not all steps up were official steps.

My feet were hurting after Saturday’s 10 mile hike, but after the first half mile, everything went numb. The trillium was still frozen in place, but the Bloodroot was blooming along with periwinkle, star chickweed and a few unidentified wildflowers.

Wednesday, Mt. Pisgah

A quick up and down on Pisgah to clear the mind and the soul. I was all alone until I got almost back to the car and ran into a group of guys. One of them recognized the Mt. LeConte logo on my hat. He had worked at Mt. LeConte for several seasons in the recent past.  His face was familiar and I think I remember him waiting the table at the dining hall. Phil likes to wear a LeConte shirt on our frequent hikes and many many times, we have passed hikers that notice and stop and talk about their treks to LeConte.

Friday, Mt. Pisgah

Another chance to hike Pisgah early in the morning. A storm had come through late last night and dropped a large amount of rain. The first 1/4 mile of the trail was very wet. Water was running down the middle of the trail soaking my feet.

I met a large group of old men on the way down. One of them looked to be in his upper 80’s! — Never stop!

Saturday, Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, my hiking buddy got hike with me. Phil wanted to do a quick up and down so he could get back home to watch The Masters. Pisgah just seems to be that “go to” hike because it is close, quick, and has enough elevation gain to be a decent workout. After our hike, we stopped by REI and Diamond Brand for a little quality retail experience. We were done and home by 1:15.

Mt. Pisgah Trailhead

Mt. Pisgah

On the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet (per my gps calculations)
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trailhead is located near mile marker 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park). It is heavily traveled. Park in the second parking lot, the first is for Buck Spring’s Trail.

This trail continues onto National Forest land to climb to the summit of one of the area’s most well-known peaks. Easily visible from most of downtown Asheville, I-26 and Hendersonville, Mount Pisgah’s 5721′ summit supports the transmission tower for WLOS-TV, channel 13.

The trail itself is a rocky, steep climb through Northern hardwood forests, and rhododendron and mountain laurel tunnels, to the summit, where 360 degree views await each hiker! It is a very popular trail and at times can be quite crowded.

Some of our Mt. Pisgah Hikes:

Pisgah Inn View

Mt. Pisgah

Another quick hike up Mt. Pisgah. Mt. Pisgah Trailhead is located near mile marker 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park). It is heavily traveled. Park in the second parking lot, the first is for Buck Spring’s Trail. This trail continues onto National Forest land to climb to the summit of one of the … Continue reading Mt. Pisgah

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Mt. Pisgah

A foggy, but quick hike up Mt. Pisgah. Mt. Pisgah Trailhead is located near mile marker 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park). It is heavily traveled. Park in the second parking lot, the first is for Buck Spring’s Trail. This trail continues onto National Forest land to climb to the summit of one … Continue reading Mt. Pisgah

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Mt Pisgah

Mt. Pisgah

A foggy, but quick hike up Mt. Pisgah. Mt. Pisgah Trailhead is located near mile marker 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park). It is heavily traveled. Park in the second parking lot, the first is for Buck Spring’s Trail. This trail continues onto National Forest land to climb to the summit of one … Continue reading Mt. Pisgah

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View of Cold Mountain

Mt. Pisgah

Distance: 3 Miles RT Elevation Change: 750 feet Difficulty: Moderate I got to the trailhead early (before 9 am). It was a cool crisp day and I didn’t see anyone on the trail until I was on my way down.  It was quiet and calm. The fall color is just now showing up. I think … Continue reading Mt. Pisgah

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Pisgah

Mt. Pisgah

Another great day hiking up the Mt. Pisgah trail. I passed about 10 people and 1 really big dog. The sun was shining until I got to the top and the clouds had begun to move it. The air was really hazy from the pollen and fire smoke. The rain will be welcome later this … Continue reading Mt. Pisgah

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Surprising Flowers

I have probably hiked up Mt. Pisgah trail close to 100 times in my lifetime. Never have I seen the variety of wild flowers that I saw today. I had never seen trillium there before. It is so short lived, that I guess I’ve just never timed it right. Hawthorne was blooming and it usually … Continue reading Surprising Flowers

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Mt. Pisgah

Mother’s Day on Mt. Pisgah

We hiked up Mt. Pisgah for Mother’s Day.  It was a sunny day and beautiful, but a bit hazy in the distance from the top.

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View of Cold Mountain

Mt. Pisgah

3 mi round-trip Tread Condition: Moderately RoughClimb: Climbs ModeratelyLowest Elevation: 4980Highest Elevation: 5730Total Elevation Gain: 750Configuration: Out-and-backStarting Point: Mount Pisgah Parking Area, Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 407.6

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