Two hours and forty minutes to the top and about the same going down. I saw a trail description somewhere else that the trail was not blazed but it definitely is blazed in red now. There was a geocache ammo box just below the summit area off to the right of the trail as I was heading up.
Attempted to climb Cold Mountain but got lost in the wilderness area. What a loser!
I was planning on a five summit day of the southern section of the Balsams, but the Blue Ridge Parkway was closed & Cold Mountain became my Plan B. 15 degrees when I started, 30 degrees when I finished. Climbed via Art Loeb Trail- Deep Gap- summit from Daniel Boone camp. Poor trail visibility proving the postings are serious when map & compass are encouraged. Mostly a shaded hike in the morning. Parallel park at the trailhead kiosk on the river side of the road (per the very courteous campground manager). The parking signs say forestry use only, but apparently this is incorrect & pending a signage change. I only saw two other people on my way down.
Hiked the Art Leob trail from the Black Balsam parking area. Thunderstorms and rain killed a lot of the views, but the trail was very nice for the most part.
Have come from Shining Rock Mtn across "the ledge" connecting ridge and come up from Daniel Boone boyscout camp at the bottom of the valley. Steep last bit to the top with a very narrow summit ridge. A few good rock outcrops with great views. Good Mtn.
Climbed the Art Loeb Trail from Camp Daniel Boone to Deep Gap and then to the top. I had the top to myself for lunchtime and enjoyed the views back to the other sixers in the area.
Wow! This was definitely a challenge for me! Hiked from the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp up the Art Loeb trail in a Winter Storm Warning. I tagged the USGS marker on top in 60+ mph wind gusts and headed straight back down through freezing rain. Got back to the car borderline hypothermic. Note: water resistant does NOT mean water proof. Thanks Cold for teaching me that the southern Appalachians are wetter than the northern Rockies. Learned that lesson the hard way.
This was my first real mountain hike, and I'll never forget it. We only saw one other person the entire day, and it was so peaceful and quiet. Fantastic.
Climbed with my dog from the boy scout campground. Great views south into Shining Rock and Pisgah NF from the summit.
I'm normally not one to "bag" summits/peaks; I'm really there for the "mountain high" experience. This hike was actually a sort of penance, however, for cutting short (on account of heat and drought) a 140 mile section hike on the AT a week prior (did 90 miles). With the 10.5 mile Cold Mtn hike from the Daniel Boone Camp I figured I could at least reach the 100 mile mark, which I guess is respectable... Anyways, I got a late start on the 3 1/2 hr drive, so I started on the trail around 10am. This, turned out to be a blessing in disguise since it allowed me to share my hike with 2 separate hikers. And the hot, dry summer weather had actually abated slightly to allow for a comfortable 70 degree temp. The trail wasn't quite as rugged as I had imagined, though it was challenging. The views from the summit weren't horrible, however, also weren't as grand as I had imagined(probably due to muggy summer air) . I will have to come back in winter to see the snow and the better views that I suspect the crisp winter air will provide. Taken altogether, though, it was a completely worthwhile experience that I enjoyed thoroughly. Also, as a side note, I saw probably about 20 hikers that day while descending -- also not quite as solitary as I had imagined.
Nice hike. Didn't run into the Home Guard, which was a bit of a relief.
From the camp (had a late start and camped 1/4 of a mile from the summit) to the summit (next day) then off on the Art Loeb to Black Balsam. Awesome mountain-very difficult terrain though.
Rough terrain but the weather was very nice otherwise.
Great hike from Daniel Boone Scout Camp.
Did this on a perfect winter day. There were great views without the leaves on the trees. All told, the 11.5 mile hike took us six hours, including some short breaks for lunch. In heavy snow, however, the trail would be hard to find as there are no blazes.
Shorts and t-shirts.Great weather for January! Trail quite slippery to scout camp.Didn't see Renee Zellweger.
We took our time for this all-day trek from Black Balsam Knob to Cold Mountain. As we started up the mountain, the weather quickly changed and there was sleet and rain until we set up camp on top. Not much in the way of campsites on top, so we tucked in under some small trees out of the wind. It's probably better to stay in Deep Gap and then hike up without packs. Still, the views to the south were truly breathtaking. Climb up wasn't as as bad as I thought it would be and there's reliable water about 1 mile up the mountain.
It was 5 streams and a wet spot up to Deep Gap once the trail turned E. It was steep out of Deep Gap. There's a good spring just before reaching the W ridge. And it's a very narrow summit ridge (for the E, that is).
The first time I've hiked the peak via this route. Trail easy to follow with a half-dozen blowdowns. Quite a stretch of the legs! Great winter views all the way up. A great hike! Check out some photos I took on the hike HERE.
This was my first major hike - bagged a bunch of 6ers and got to see some really cool stuff. The trail was pretty overgrown between Flower Knob and Deep Gap, but after Deep Gap it was straightforward. Cold Mountain is just one of many things to see in this area.