Tennent Mountain Private Hike

Asheville, NC
5.0 (5 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular Views
  • Breathtaking Waterfalls
  • Two Blue Ridge Summits
  • Amazing Natural & Cultural History
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles

Description

The Tennent Mountain – Black Balsam area has some of the best hiking in the amazing mountains surrounding Asheville and provides the opportunity to summit two difference 6,000-foot peaks. It is a loop hike so we’ll experience new scenery throughout this half day hike. Our first views come early after only 1 mile as we reach the summit of Black Balsam Knob at 6,214’. Here we get to see the endless expanse of ridges and valleys that are iconic to the famous Appalachian Mountains. Our next summit is Tennent Mountain, 6056’, where more stunning views await. Our turn-around spot is on the edge of the Shining Rock Wilderness at Ivestor Gap. Here we’ll enjoy a rest and nutritious lunch prepared by your guide with more views, before completing our loop hike back to the trailhead.

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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Sliding Scale (See Below)
$175-$525 Per Person
Season: Apr-Dec

Season: Apr-Dec

Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 7-9 Hours
Distance: 4.9MI / 7.8KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This day hike climbs up to a short summit and rolls over the ridge line along some rocky and rutted trails. Returning to the trailhead will have us hiking over an old railroad bed.

Hiking Distances:

5 miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds

Terrain:

Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

700 feet

Heights Exposure:

None

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 7-9 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $525
  • 2 people: $275 per person
  • 3 people: $245 per person
  • 4-5 people: $205 per person
  • 6-7 people: $175 per person
  • 10 and younger: $135 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include guide gratuity

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

This tour is booked on a custom basis for private groups so does not have set dates (requested dates are almost always available). Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to schedule your hike!

Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour (pickup and drop off in Asheville, NC)
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles

What's Not Included

  • Clothing and personal items
  • Water (2 liters capacity)
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Food: What to Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and make your payment.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

If you’re staying in Asheville, NC will pick you up at your hotel in Asheville. If you’re staying elsewhere and/or would prefer to meet us at the trailhead, that is also an option. Your guide will be in contact approximately 7 days prior to your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous. If you’re staying in Asheville, this is a 3/4 day tour – the pickup time will be between 6 and 8 AM, and ending times can vary but are often between 4-6 PM.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval determined on a case by case basis

Weather in The Appalachian Mountains

The weather in the Appalachian Mountains varies greatly by time of year. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures in for low elevations in the Appalachian Mountains:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Low Elev
High Elev
hi
low
hi
low
January
51°
28°
35°
19°
February
54°
29°
35°
18°
March
61°
34°
39°
24°
April
71°
42°
49°
34°
May
79°
50°
57°
43°
June
86°
58°
63°
49°
July
88°
59°
65°
53°
August
87°
60°
64°
52°
September
83°
55°
60°
47°
October
73°
43°
53°
38°
November
61°
33°
42°
28°
December
52°
28°
37°
21°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (5 reviews)
Barbara W
5.0

Nothing Short of Extraordinary

27 days ago

A Majestic Journey: Hiking Tenet Mountain with an Exceptional Guide When we decided to embark on a hiking adventure to Tenet Mountain, we knew we were in for an extraordinary experience. However, what truly made this journey unforgettable was the exceptional guidance provided by our tour guide. From start to finish, every moment was enriched by Liza's expertise, passion, and unwavering dedication to ensuring our group had the best possible experience. From the outset, our guide’s knowledge of the terrain and the local flora and fauna was evident. She effortlessly navigated us through the winding trails, pointing out unique geological formations, rare plant species, and the occasional glimpse of wildlife. Liza's anecdotes and stories about the mountain's history added depth to the experience, transforming a simple hike into a journey of discovery. Moreover, our guide’s attention to safety was impeccable. Liza constantly assessed the conditions, ensuring that everyone in the group felt comfortable and secure throughout the hike. Her emphasis on proper equipment and hydration ensured that we were well-prepared for the challenges ahead, allowing us to focus solely on enjoying the breathtaking scenery and the camaraderie of our fellow hikers. What truly set our guide apart, however, was her genuine passion for the outdoors and commitment to sustainable tourism practices. Liza instilled in us a deep appreciation for the natural beauty surrounding us and encouraged us to tread lightly, leaving no trace of our presence behind. Her reverence for the environment was contagious, reminding us of the importance of preserving these pristine landscapes for future generations to enjoy. In summary, my experience hiking Tenet Mountain with our guide was nothing short of extraordinary. Liza's expertise, passion, and dedication elevated an already magnificent journey into an unforgettable adventure. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a novice explorer, I wholeheartedly recommend embarking on this journey with such an exceptional guide by your side.

Daisy H
5.0

Excellent

27 days ago

Eliza was an excellent tour guide. She made each of us feel comfortable and provided very interesting history throughout the tour. The hike was challenging but she knew which trails to take that would match our fitness levels and endurance. The lunch was very tasty and the hot tea was an added bonus on our cool weather hike. Thank you, Eliza, for providing a memorable Tennent Mountain day hike for our geriatric crew! :-)

Melissa W
5.0

So Happy

6 months ago

This was our second experience with WT and again, we were so happy! Grace was the perfect combination of experience, personality and professionalism. She had so many fun facts that none of us had heard before. GREAT guide. We'd follow her anywhere! =)

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