W4C/CM-083 Mackey Mountain

Hike is 3.25 miles one-way with 1320' EG and a 3.6% average grade. But don't let those stats fool you into thinking this is a walk in the park. There are a number of short and steep climbs and descents along the way. The trail is easy to follow, even though it is seldom used and overgrown. The hike is along a knife edge ridge line and it is heavily forested but there are a few nice views along the way. About a quarter mile before you reach the summit, the trail will veer right and start to descend. On your left there is a manway that will take you to the summit. Lots of trees and rhododendron on the summit, but there are a couple of small open areas.

Trailhead is located at 35.725441, -82.184353 on FS Road 482 (open seasonally 4/1-12/31). If the gate is closed, hiking from the Blue Ridge Parkway would add another 1.5 miles with 700' of descent to your hike. If the gates are open, you can also come from Hwy 70 on Curtis Creek Road. Parking for several vehicles at the trailhead. Be careful when leaving the trailhead. There is a gated FS road which is NOT your trail. It is just to the right of the gated road and heads to the southeast. Good summit to do with one of the other Mt Mitchell area summits.

Posted in CM - NC Central Mountains, asked by Patrick Harris, 6 years ago. 1284 hits.
Min Elevation 3168.57 ft
Max Elevation 4024.87 ft
Total Elevation Gain 1419.39 ft
Total Elevation Loss 805.94 ft
Way Points 0
Track Points 475
Max Speed 3.13 mile/hr
Average Speed 1.27 mile/hr
Total Distance 3.23 mi
Total Time 2h 32m 26s
Route Points 0
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