Slate Rock - Pilot Cove Loop

Asheville, North Carolina 28810

Slate Rock - Pilot Cove Loop

Slate Rock - Pilot Cove Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The view—oh-my-god, the view! Slate Rock perches 500 feet or so above the cove floor, with a breathtaking 180-degree view of the cove and an incredible profile of Pilot Rock across the way. Certainly one of the top three views in Pisgah Forest, with a hawk drifting on the thermals 100 yards out in front of you if you’re as lucky as me.

About 80 percent of this trail runs through rhododendron thickets and tunnels, with brutal, heartbreaking climbs up a number of false tops, a descent down through Pilot Cove that screams for the first mile, and several challenging technical moves tossed in throughout the return leg. Tread: 100 percent Carolina singletrack."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
45 minutes to 3 hours
3,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,000 feet
Top Elevation
Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Ranger District (336) 877-3265
Local Contacts
USGS Dunsmore Mountain; USDA Forest Service Pisgah District Trail Map; National Geographic Trails Illustrated Pisgah Ranger District.
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Jul 2018