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Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Shortoff Mountain
By: Bob Underwood When: Sep 14, 2008

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Comments: Before the 2000 fire there used to be a trail from the Wolfpit trail which cut south and followed the 2200 contour line, crossed the MST and tied in to the base of the Shortoff cliffs. To follow this old trail was even more demanding than to hike all the way to the top of the mountain and reach the same area by scrambling down thru the Descent Gully. I wonder if this old trail still exists?


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Gold Coast Cliffs
By: Bob Underwood When: Sep 14, 2008

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Comments: The Crevasse Creek overhang is now about 200ft below the current route of Rockjock. Have climbers discovered it?


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Hawksbill Mtn
By: Bob Underwood When: Sep 14, 2008

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Comments: The Hawksbill trail has become a ditch which can not recover from the hikeing impact and constant use. No amount of maintenance can save it. Climbers, if you love your Gorge, please consider approaching from Sitting Bear trail you passed earlier. Problem: SB has space of only 3 cars. A left at the ridgeline ( Jonas Ridge trail) will take you in sight of the left turn mentioned earlier.

see WWW.linvillegorge.net for waypoints and maps.

Another approach is south from below useing the LEDGE tra... more >>


Location: NC : Linville Gorge
By: Bob Underwood When: Sep 14, 2008

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Comments: Correction to directions:

When you get to Forest Service Road 210 continue down this gently descending and very winding road. A mile past the parking areas for Spence Ridge Trail take a sharp right. This puts you on FSR 2105, the road that leads past OUTWARD BOUND and on up to Table Rock. Bring water as spring at TR is not reliable. Parking can be crowded at TR. Hyde's Linville Gorge Trail guide suggests that it is about as quick to park at Spence and hike up via the MST.


Location: NC : Linville Gorge
By: Bob Underwood When: Sep 14, 2008

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Comments: Work on Rockjock was finished by the USFS in Spring of 2008. This trail remains on the USFS Adopt-A-Trail program and will always need occasional maintenance. The southern exit shown on the USFS maps is mislabeled. It is a rim-to-River trail called MCRT (Mossy Canyon Ridge trail). MCRT is now a steep barren flag route thru the heart of fire blast from the 2007 'Pinnacle' fire. Since it is mislabeled as being the south end of Rockjock, it will become an erosion ditch with increased use. Rockjock... more >>


Location: NC : Linville Gorge
By: Bob Underwood When: Apr 12, 2008

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Comments: the US Forest service has opened the Rockjock trail from Conly Cove south to Mossy Canyon Ridge trail allowing a backpacker to return via MCRT to kistler Road


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Shortoff Mountain
By: Bob Underwood When: Nov 13, 2007

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Comments: About the Wolfpit road turn off of 126: it is about a quarter mile west of the shoreline view of lake James. With the directions given - if you see a big lake on your right, you have gone 1/4 mile too far.
The road is now in good shape all the way to the circle at the end. Camping here is ok. But if you want privacy, better hump it up the mountain about 1 hour hike.

The path you want from the Wolfpit circle goes uphill and turns right uphill.

Water is scarce on Shortoff. www.linvillegorge.net... more >>


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Gold Coast Cliffs : Photo
By: Bob Underwood When: Nov 11, 2007

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Comments: GPSed maps of the Rockjock-goldcoast area are at both www.linvillegorge.net or in the files of yahoogroups linvillegorge. Excellent resolution of this gorge is found on Google earth. The Us Forest Service map of Linville Gorge is the best in print but holds about half the information of the two souces above.


Contributed Forum Posts

Topic Title Forum Author Date
re: LINVILLE GORGE - Trail Projects for Climbers (list)Southern StatesBob UnderwoodSep 16, 2008
re: LINVILLE GORGE - Trail Projects for Climbers (list)Southern StatesBob UnderwoodSep 15, 2008
LINVILLE GORGE - Trail Projects for Climbers (list)Southern StatesBob UnderwoodSep 15, 2008
Linville Gorge Maping projectSouthern StatesBob UnderwoodSep 14, 2008
Shortoff--hiking trails along base -- help needed.Southern StatesBob UnderwoodNov 13, 2007
re: Table Rock and Linville Gorge in December?Southern StatesBob UnderwoodNov 12, 2007
re: Table Rock and Linville Gorge in December?Southern StatesBob UnderwoodNov 11, 2007