Pilot Rock Trail from
Yellow Gap Road to the Pisgah Inn

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Date Hiked: 3/6/92

Length: 7.8 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: orange on Pilot Rock Trail, white on Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Main Features: views

Animals: chickadees, robins, ruffed grouse (4), deer, dark-eyed juncos (many)

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Driving north on 276 from Brevard, drive 10.4 miles past the Pisgah Ranger Station and turn right on FSR 1206 (Yellow Gap Road). Drive 4.1 miles to the trailhead on the left. There's a shoulder across the road from the trail where you can park.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 2,050 feet to high point at 3.1 miles
Descend 150 feet to end of Pilot Rock Trail at 3.3 miles
Ascend 50 feet to high point at 3.4 miles
Descend 200 feet to Pisgah Inn parking lot at 3.9 miles
Total Ascent: 2,450 feet

0.0 car
a few paces into the woods take the right fork
potentially wet stream crossing
0.1 beginning of views of Pilot Rock ahead to the right
cross grassy road
0.3 switchbacks
0.5 beginning of rocky, open woods section
0.6 water runs down trail
0.7 switchbacks
0.8 breaks in foliage on right give unobstructed views
0.9 switchbacks
1.6 trail exits thicket into more open area with scattered big trees
2.0 trail levels off
2.3 ignore Laurel Mt. Trail connector on right (blazed yellow)
2.4 ignore Thompson Creek Trail connector on left (blazed red)
2.5 begin following very narrow ridge
2.7 chunk of white quartz about 2 feet square beside trail
2.8 cross National Park Service boundary
3.0 turn left where unmarked trail goes back to right
(remember this turn for the return trip)
3.1 high point
3.3 turn left at junction and follow white-circle blazes
(left is the campground, right is Mt. Pisgah, a sign says the
way I came it is 2.3 miles to Yellow Gap Road -- wrong)
3.4 high point
3.6 unobstructed views left (beginning at post #5)
3.8 buildings on right
beginning of lights on trail
3.9 Pisgah Inn parking lot


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