Yellow Mountain Trail


Picture of Yellow Mountain from Yellow Mt. Trail

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Date Hiked: 2/2/91

Length: 9.6 miles

Type: backtrack

Difficulty: 4

Scenery: 3

Blaze: none

Main Features: views

Location: Nantahalla National Forest, North Carolina

From the intersection of highway 107 and highway 64 in Cashiers, turn west on 64 towards Highlands. Drive 7.6 miles and turn right on Buck Creek Road. Drive 2.1 miles to the trail sign on the right near the top of a hill. There is a gravel road on the left and a pull-off on the right beside the trailhead.

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 750 feet from Buck Creek Road to high point on Shortoff Mountain
Descend 450 feet from Shortoff Mountain to bearing tree
Ascend 100 feet from bearing tree to high spot on ridge
Descend 550 feet from ridge to crossroads
Ascend 1,050 feet from crossroads to top of Yellow Mountain
Total Ascent: 2,900 feet

Miles
0.0 pull-off
0.4 rock clearing with spur trail to view on left
0.9 cross top of ridge
1.0 view straight north of Yellow Mountain and small building on top
1.2 switchbacks upward through rhododendron
1.4 left switchback where you can go straight about 20 feet to a dangerous overlook
1.7 spur on right to overlook
highest point trail reaches on Shortoff Mountain
2.3 left at fork
2.5 bearing tree near bottom of descent
2.7 reach top of hill
3.1 rhododendron thicket
3.3 turn right on old road (remember this spot for returning)
3.4 go straight across crossroads at low point between Yellow Mountain and Shortoff Mountain
4.5 trail brushes left side of dirt road
4.8 small building on right
turn left on dirt road
top of Yellow Mountain
backtrack



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