TABLE ROCK TO SHORTOFF MOUNTAIN.
It’s been a while since I’ve brought myself here to share images and information about our travels and hikes, so I wanted to share a recent and quick one night trip we completed not long ago in the lovely Pisgah National Forest area. We hiked from the popular Table Rock Mountain and camped for one night at another popular spot: Shortoff Mountain, and then back out the next day. This made for about 6 miles one way (12 miles total over the course of 2-days).
Starting off at Table Rock Mountain parking lot we began our hike towards a popular and well-known spot for climbers: The Chimney’s. This parking lot tends to be quite crowded and has limited parking spaces. The Chimney’s have 360 degree views of the Gorge and the surrounding areas forest and mountains. It’s absolutely beautiful. The first mile or so is relatively flat and easy, with a few rocks to climb up and over. Once reaching the base of the Chimney’s the steady decent that I quickly grew tired of, began. Going downhill is just not as fun as you would think. The downhill turned to uphill eventually for about a 1/2 mile where the Mountains-to-Sea trail Segment 4 joins. Following the MST all the way to Shortoff Mountain, we were again amazed at the 360 degree views and a mostly easy hike with a few ups and a downs, and rocks. We started looking for a place to camp just after the natural pond on top of the summit of Shortoff Mountain.
On the way out, that steep downhill I was complaining about now becomes a steep uphill that I will also complain about. That hill is just tough either way you go. This is by far the steepest climb of the entire hike, gaining roughly a total of 3,000 feet in elevation. Because all of this hike is exposed to the sun, I recommend starting early, or starting later in the day when the sun isn’t at its highest - wear sunscreen, and prepare to sweat A LOT.
Below are some pictures from our one night trip.
Enjoy, and happy hiking!