Asheville, NC: Cold Mountain

Big views. Quiet streams. A forest paradise. This 8-mile hike to a Hollywood-made-famous summit still offers plenty of solitude, plus fine campsites for a wilderness overnight.
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Big views. Quiet streams. A forest paradise. This 8-mile hike to a Hollywood-made-famous summit still offers plenty of solitude, plus fine campsites for a wilderness overnight.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.9

Waypoints

CMT001

Location: 35.391464, -82.896824

From the trailhead, start climbing east, then northeast.

CMT002

Location: 35.392548, -82.891524

This campsite sits just inside boundary of Shining Rock Wilderness.

CMT003

Location: 35.388794, -82.88076

Small campsite near gushing creek; loaded with Crayola-colored wildflowers in season.

CMT004

Location: 35.391823, -82.870888

Trail snakes along hillside, staying north of the rugged Narrows.

CMT005

Location: 35.396625, -82.868362

Hard climb the rock-strewn notch of Deep Gap.

CMT006

Location: 35.400311, -82.863998

Turn left, climbing the richly wooded spine of Cold Mountain.

CMT007

Location: 35.406349, -82.861333

Wrap into valley, crossing Sorrel Creek toward the mountain's distinctively pointy summit.

CMT008

Location: 35.409864, -82.862771

Head east for the final slog up the peak.

CMT009

Location: 35.409969, -82.856762

Reach summit of Cold Mountain (6,030 ft.). Fine rest and lunch spots on flat rocks. Bask in the sun and terrific 180-degree views of surrounding forest and countryside.