Portered Shining Rock
Asheville, NC5.0 (11 reviews)
- Lighter Backpack
- BIG Appalachian Views
- Shining Rock Sunset Dinner
- Diverse Blue Ridge Forests
- Stunning Waterfalls
- Famous Cold Mountain
- White Quartzite Viewpoints
When it comes to trails, views and summits this trip is amazing in that it quite literally has it all despite technically being outside the Smokies. The difference between this trip and the backpacking version is that porters carry our group gear and supplies in on Day 1 (guests carry their clothing and personal items), set up camp, and hike back in on the final day to break camp and transport our supplies out. This is a wonderful way to see experience the Appalachian backcountry while hiking with light daypacks.
We pick you up in Asheville and shuttle in from Brevard through the Cradle of Forestry area (where American forest conservation began). We’ll stop at Looking Glass Falls, a stunning roadside waterfall, on our way to our trailhead. The first day of hiking is along the East Fork of the Pigeon River with amazing creek side trekking. After Lunch we start a steeper climb to a ridge where we’ll enjoy BIG views of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains. Day 1 ends at Shining Rock Gap, where we camp for two nights. Shining Rock itself (a stunning and unlikely quartz outcropping) is extremely unique and tends to “floor” even people who have been there before. Your guide will give you the “inside” tour of this area before we settle down for dinner. The second day we will hike to the top of Cold Mountain, which is relatively challenging, but only with light day packs. If we reach the summit we will eat lunch on a massive ledge with views of all the areas we have been hiking. Our final day we follow beautiful Shining Rock Creek through it’s amazing valley back down hill to our starting point.
Please Note: Porters transport all camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads…etc.) as well as food. They also set up and break down camp. Guests are responsible for carrying their clothing and personal items.
Wildland Trekking is a permitee of the USFS, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests
$1140 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This trip travels over some rocks and a few washed out areas on trail but then moves to a moderately flat trail to camp. Day 2 will be the toughest gaining steep elevation over rocks and roots to the summit of Cold Mountain and returning to camp the way we came. The old saying “Up hill both ways” will describe this day perfectly. Day 3 is an easy day back to the trailhead.
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:
Up to 2000 ft
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-20 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
- Hiking with light heights exposure
SOLITUDE LEVEL 3
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Appalachian portered trip a solitude 3. You can expect several hours of solitude at a time.
Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!
Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
Private Rates FOr This Trip
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 1.75
- 4 People: Rate x 1.25
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person
Our Great Smoky Mountains National Park backpacking trips primarily utilize backcountry campsites vs. shelters. The shelters – particularly along the popular Appalachian Trail – are very crowded and often plagued by rodent infestations and other undesireable qualities. The backcountry campsites on the other hand have wonderful solitude, are often nestled near creeks, and in general offer a cleaner, much more authentic and rewarding wilderness experience. Our backpacking itineraries therefore may follow the Appalachian Trail (which requires staying in shelters) for a day or part of a day, but in general we have decided on quieter, more scenic loop hikes that provide quality camping and a genuine wilderness experience.
Feel free to give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) with any questions you have about campsites or our use of the Appalachian Trail!
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