|Name||Shining Rock Wilderness|
|Summary||Loop hike offering beautiful stream and mountain views|
|Type||Backpacking Hike - Loop|
|Distance (Total)||12.7 miles / 20.4 km|
|Elevation Gain||2,600 feet / 792 meters|
|Minimum Elevation||3,400 feet / 1,036 meters|
|Maximum Elevation||6,000 feet / 1,829 meters|
|Hiking Season||- Spring - Summer - Fall|
|Things To See||- Cascades - Creeks - Forest - Meadows - Mountain Views - Scenic Views - Summit - Waterfalls|
|Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Nearby Town||Brevard, North Carolina, United States|
|Trail Map||National Geogrpahic Trails illustrated - Pisgah Ranger District|
This loop hike takes you from the Big East Fork trailhead to Grassy Cove and Shining Rick.
Start the loop on the Big East Fork trail and follow this creek side trail pas waterfalls to the Grassy Cove trail. Take the Grassy cove trail for a strenuous climb to Grassy Cove Top. There the views will finally start opening up and you will be able to enjoy views of ridge after ridge. Take the Art Leob Trail North towards Shining Rock. You will shortly arrive at Flower Gap where you can find good campsites. If you continue for a bit, you will find sheltered campsites next to a spring.
Continue North on the Art Leob Trail towards Shining Rock Gap and Shining Rock. After passing Shining Rock take the Old But Knob Trail back to the trailhead. For a less strenuous option, you can follow the Shining Rock Creek Trail to the trailhead.
Make sure to have a detailed map of the area. There are no blazes and signs in the wilderness. There are also many unmapped trails that can be very confusing.
Weather can also be very harsh. Make sure to be prepared for difficult conditions.
From Ashville: Take the Blue Ridge Parkway to MP 411 and follow US 276 West for 3 miles to the Big East Fork Trailhead.
I recommend to camp at the Mount Pisgah Campground at MP 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
|Latitude||35.366088729 degrees / 35° 21.965' / 35° 21' 57.92"|
|Longitude||-82.8176021576 degrees / -82° 49.056' / -82° 49' 3.37"|