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2021-09-30 B.R.PKWY-002 Shining Rock Wilderness

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Shining Rock Wildness off Blue Ridge Parkway
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Sep 30 2021  9:00 am >> Thu, Sep 30 2021 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 5:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 9 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Sep 29 2021 7:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Shining Rock Wilderness - Pisgah National Forest

<<< Shining Rock Wilderness >>>

The maximum group size is 10 in this area set by the US Forest Service. We’ll have to follow its requirements. Be prepared to stay over 6,000 feet elevation on this event with much cooler weather than in our city.

Covering over 18,000 acres, the Shining Rock Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in North Carolina. It’s off the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville. Shining Rock summit is featured with massive boulders of white quartz shining under sunlight with enormous brilliance.

<<< Itinerary >>>

We’ll meet and start from the Sam Knob Trailhead at the end of Black Balsam Knob Road approx. 1 mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We'll first climb about 400 feet in less than a mile to the top of Black Balsam Knob sitting over 6,000 feet elevation with its awesome 360-degree views. We’ll follow the Art Loeb Trail (ALT) section 3 to our next summit of Tennent Mt. also over 6,000 feet elevation with amazing panoramic mountain views. We’ll continue the ALT-3 through Grassy Cove Top, Flower Knob, Shining Rock Gap, and then reach Shining Rock Mt. On the way back, we’ll take a section of Ivestor Gap Trail south bound, then re-connect ALT-3 south bound going over Tennent Mt. and Black Balsam Knob the second time before returning to our cars.

We’ll go at a moderate pace to fully take in the wide-open beautiful mountain views in the Shining Rock Wilderness. We’ll take plenty of water and snack breaks along our way.

Getting a parking space in this popular area has always been a challenge to its visitors. I’m hoping going there on a Thursday will give us some more luck. We’ll have to be flexible and see what happens.

The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. Our duration time is an estimate, and we need to have some flexibility.

If your experience is not from the club, please include it in a note when you register. TL reserves the right to remove registrants without sufficient track record for the safety of everyone. We encourage our members to actively participate with joyful experience, and most importantly to stay healthy and safe at the end of each event.

Required Items to Bring:


Water/ Sports drinks

Snacks/ lunch

Good trail running/hiking shoes

Cash for carpool driver

If you're in other member’s car: bring extra pair of Clean shoes and change clothing. Only enter with clean shoes. Remove all trash and your belongings.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Sam Knob Trailhead, Black Balsam Knob Rd, Canton, NC 28716

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):330Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 5:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $132.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.