Mountains-to-Sea Trail from FR-1206
to the Shelter Near Buckhorn Gap

Picture of open forest near Pink Beds

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Date Hiked: 6/29/91

Length: 8.4 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 2

Blaze: white circle

Main Features: lush vegetation around Pink Beds

Animals: ringneck snake, wood thrushes, chickadees, crows, pileated woodpeckers, cardinals, deer, millipedes

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Driving north on highway 276 from Brevard, turn right on FR 1206 0.3 miles past the Pink Beds picnic area. Drive 1.2 miles and park in a small parking area on the right. The trail crosses the road less than 0.1 miles farther.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 800 feet feet to top of Rich Mountain
Descend 350 feet to shelter near Buckhorn Gap
Total Ascent: 1,150 feet

0.0 parking area on FR 1206, walk up road (NE)
turn right onto trail (less than 200 feet from parking area)
0.1 turn left on old road
0.2 ignore road on right
0.4 ignore road on left
0.5 continue straight at junction with Pink Beds Loop Trail
0.7 bridge
0.8 turn left onto Pink Beds Loop Trail
continue straight when Pink Beds Loop Trail turns left
0.9 ignore faint trail on left
clearing after open woods with ferns
1.1 begin following left side of stream
1.3 boulder on right
veer left away from stream
1.4 turn left
1.5 steep ascent among boulders
gain top of ridge and bear right
1.7 turn right onto old road
1.9 small stream
2.2 wet area
2.4 wet area
stream flows under trail
2.5 two small streams
2.6 stream flows under trail
2.7 turn left onto old road
3.0 turn right off of old road
3.2 turn left onto Black Mountain Trail
3.4 clearing with partial views on right
3.6 top of Rich Mountain
3.9 wet area
4.1 turn left on spur trail to shelter
4.2 shelter


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