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mchisholmUp to Shining Rock from Old Butt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2015


We came up from the Big East Fork trailhead up and over Old Butt, Dog Loser Knob and Beech Spring Gap. There was a TON of bear scat on Chestnut Ridge, and we were hiking w/ two dogs, so we didn't see anything, but we heard a lot of rumors about bears being everywhere. The summit to Shining Rock we thought we hit, but it was so overgrown and hard to see my GPS only said we topped out at 5,965, but I couldn't see a higher pont. Most of the actual quartz outcroppings, the "shining rocks" are well below the actual summit, but could otherwise count as summits since there seems to be no clear summit to get to. This is an amazing hike, however, and well worth the trip. We descended down through the North Prong of Shining Creek which was a gorgeous drainage. Link to hike:https://www.strava.com/activities/318486112
Posted Jun 16, 2015 1:01 pm

eric-grizArt Loeb from south  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2014


There really is a maze of trails in the Shining Rock Gap area. Luckily I guessed right and found myself on the snow white quartz. This is a really neat peak.
Posted May 24, 2014 6:10 pm

Joel Hopper5 pack  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2013

Joel Hopper

Via Art Loeb Trail nice outing included in a grab of Black Balsam, Tennent Mountain, Grassy Cove Top, Shining Rock & Sam Knob. The quartz looks like glacial ice. Lack of summit marker makes it fun to find the actual summit.
Posted Jun 16, 2013 8:27 pm

evanrotheThe Rock  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2011


Awesome any time of year!
Posted Nov 15, 2011 8:33 pm

KoonsyArt Loeb  Sucess!


Hiked this on the way out to Cold Mountain, good views.
Posted May 16, 2010 11:58 am

sprossedaSummit rocks are amazing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 1997


This is a beautiful little summit on top of the Shining rock highland. I love the Spruce-Fir forest with the brilliant quartz boulders. You can actually boulder on a few of the rocks. Amazing area
Posted Oct 7, 2009 12:40 pm

Mike NShining Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2009

Mike N

Easy to get to trailhead. Unfortunately that was all that was easy. Started at 4am and that was a mistake. Took false trails 3 times in the dark. Most were near the stream crossings. Trails are not marked and had to really trust altimeter and map. Figured in the East if you are bushwhacking, you are off-trail. Even with daylight, coming down Chestnut Ridge I took a couple false trails. Finally did see a few trees with bark cut out as a blaze, but hard to see these, especially with a headlight in the dark. Temps were low 40s end of May. Coming down Chestnut ridge about half way down from Old Butt Knob, there is a nice lookout rock outcrop just off the trail to the right looking into Shining creek (maybe near 4200ft). At the top of Shining rock, trails were also not marked and there are numerous side and false trails. Mostly I just found the top by trial and error. Loop took me over 4.5 hrs from Big East Fork. At least 45 minutes were spent lost.
Posted May 30, 2009 9:01 pm

tiogaWhite Rock  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2009


After descending Cold Mountain to Deep Gap, I continued up over The Narrows, Stairs Mountain, and then to Shining Rock. I stood on both rock outcrops, which look equally as high, although one had a cairn on top. I loved the white color of the rock in this area.
Posted May 12, 2009 11:59 am

LilBirdGreat temperature  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2008


I went there with my husband and I'm glad I did. I've NEVER seen a piece of quartz that big. I think I've found another favorite.
Posted May 10, 2008 10:07 pm

captainbuudaFun on (shining) rocks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2008


Woke up to rain in Shining Rock Gap; waited till noon and the sun finally came out and gave us a great look at a very beautiful place. I feel fortunate that we had the mountain to ourselves for the brief time we were there.
Posted Apr 20, 2008 12:43 am

StarManGood one


Hiked this one many times from all directions in all seasons!
Posted Aug 9, 2007 7:50 pm

Sarah SimonSpecial, special mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 1997

Sarah Simon

Very special mountain. Lovely place. Too much rain that weekend, though.
Posted Apr 20, 2007 1:33 pm

gwave47Also hiked Black Balsam Knob, Tennant Mountain, and Grassy Cove Top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2006


Actually the pictures on this page that are described as the summit, is not the summit. There are bigger quartz rocks at the very top of the mountain. The trails to them are very overgrown. Many people get confused as to where the location of the summit is.
Posted Nov 10, 2006 11:25 pm

Dottie Little Tentold butt knob

Dottie Little Tent

Awesome area except it is TOO crowded esp. in summer. Try old butt knob trail for a nice workout and different route than the traffic jam from graveyard or balsam.
Posted Sep 14, 2006 6:37 pm

GAHikerGirlA Bit of A Trick to Find the Summit....  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2006


Difficult to find, but if you're there on the weekend, just follow the crowd. Beautiful quartz outcrops. Shining Rock Gap has nice camp spots and water just to the south of the gap. The Art Loeb Trail north of the gap can be confusing to find. Remember: Take the farthest trail left from the gap going north.
Posted Jun 15, 2006 1:18 am

CortezShining Rock via Black Balsam Knob/Art Loeb Trails  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2006


We hiked Shining rock on a warm & windy Easter Eve. The trail was relatively good, however, once you enter the Shining Rock wilderness the myriad hiker trails can be confusing especially since the main trails are poorly marked (if at all). The views from the summit are stunning & the quartz outcroppings provide a nice place to relax before pushing on. From this outcropping one has a stunning view of Cold Mountain & the East Fork. The quartz formation located toward the center of the summit seems to be the highest point on the mountain. It is hard to tell because there is no summit marker. The hike from the Black Balsam Knob trailhead is realtively easy and the hike along the ridge provides some of the most incredable scenery on the east coast.
Posted Apr 16, 2006 6:56 pm

brentonjweaverArt Loeb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2002


Incredible Scenery, and great weather.
Posted Apr 12, 2006 8:07 am

mlandau3Old Butt Knob/Shining Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2006


An interesting (and steep) way to climb this unique formation. My GPS indicated only 5980' at the summit rocks.
Posted Apr 10, 2006 12:50 am

gwave47Re: Old Butt Knob/Shining Creek


You may have been at the wrong summit. Most people mistake the summit on this mountain and never make it to the true summit. If you didn't bushwack for at least 7 - 10 minutes and swear you were lost 5 or 10 times, then you were at the wrong summit. Granted the quartz is just as plentiful in both locations, not being at the summit is probably why your GPS gave a different elevation.
Posted Nov 10, 2006 11:29 pm

Sarah SimonRe: Old Butt Knob/Shining Creek

Sarah Simon

We bushwacked a-plenty with a Shining Rock veteran. GPS? Uh...no...not in 1997. We were still into "USGS Quads" back then. ;) Cheers!
Posted May 23, 2007 1:45 pm

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