The beginning of Colbert Ridge Trail is quite heavily used since it is close to the Carolina Hemlock Recreation Area. The trail is blazed in white and ascends gently from the first .5 mile and then climbs steeply toward the terminus at Deep Gap. Along the way, there are two prominent overlook points that provide some of the most spectacular views of the Black Mountain Range Crest and its South Toe Valley. When it is clear, one can appreciate views of Grandfather Mountain, Roan Mountain and Table Rock. The trail is overgrown in some areas and has been rerouted around eroded and fallen tree locations, so take care to follow the white-blazed trail in these areas. The trail has switchbacks near the top. Caution is advised near the end of the trail. Several trees have fallen over the trail and are very difficult to cross. The trail terminates at a flat grassy area at its intersection with the Black Mountain Crest Trail. The grassy area could be used for primitive camping.
Directions: From Burnsville, NC, Travel east on US 19E for about 4.3 miles to an access road to SR 80. Turn right (south) and travel .6 mile and turn right again on SR 80 (south). Follow this for 8.2 miles into Hamrick. At the Amoco gas station, take a right on Colbert Creek Road (SR 1158). If you enter the Carolina Hemlock Recreation Area, you have gone too far on SR 80. Follow Colbert Creek Road for about .4 mile and the trailhead with a gravel pull off is on the right. Steps on the trail are visible from the road.
Elevation: 5,760 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,925 feet
Distance: 3.9 miles
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