Parked at the Black Balsam parking lot off of the Blue Ridge parkway with my wife and my neighbor. We began the hike around 7am at the trailhead for Art Loeb 3. Made brief detour to summit Black Balsam and again for lunch at Shining Rock. Encountered rain once we reached Deep Gap which lasted the majority of the hike up Cold Mountain. The 3000' elevation drop from the summit of Cold Mountain down Art Loeb 4 to the Boy Scout camp (where we had parked a second vehicle), was tough and began to wear on my left knee causing the last 5 miles to be wrought with pain. Overall it was a truly spectacular hike. It took us about 12 hours and 5 joints.
Wow! this hike was much tougher than I thought, it seemed to go on forever. We had the mountain to ourselves. There was snow on the summit. This Southern sixer is perhaps one of the harder ones in North Carolina. We actually finished this one at night.
THIS WAS MY 2 TIME HIKING COLD MOUNTAIN.I LOVE THE TRAIL BUT ITS NOT FOR EVERYBODY .NO SIGNS PERSON CAN GET LOST IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING
Daryl, Jason, Micah and Tommy (me) hiked to the summit early on Sunday morning from Deep Gap campsite. Bluebird morning, dusting of snow over visible peaks and ridges.