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Yes that's right, 2.2 miles and ~3000 ft of elevation gain. It's rough, hard to follow (undergrowth and many confusing junctions at first), and mostly straight up (very few switchbacks). Great views and walks through Southern mountain balds are included as rewards.
There are no water sources on this trail beyond the first few hundred feet so plan on hauling it in or taking another significant hike once you reach the top. These water possibilities may include bushwacking to Cattail Creek to the west, Black Mountain Crest Trail north to Bowlens Creek, or south to Deep Gap and Colbert's Ridge Trail (great distance away). None of these options are easy to reach and will likely require roundtrips of several miles.
Camping is not allowed on ridges. Firewood will be scarce so fires are not recommended, bring a stove. Don't cut live trees for any reason, they are barely surviving as is! Enjoy!