We will start our morning meeting at your hotel or one of several central bakeries in Asheville that provides our guides favorite breakfast biscuit sandwiches. Once we have all met and gone over the days itinerary, procured breakfast if you're hungry, we will hop on the world-famous Blue Ridge Parkway and start our adventure. We will stop at multiple overlooks on the way to the trailhead.

Once we reach the trailhead it’s a short climb to our first summit, Black Balsam Knob at 6,214’. This view offers an astonishing 360° view of endless valleys, ridge lines, cliffs and rocky outcroppings. Including views of the famous Shining Rock and Shining Rock Wilderness. After soaking up the views and exploring the summit we will adventure on towards Tennent Mountain at 6056’. This part of our hike will boast Rhododendron thickets, Balsam Fir Groves, Blueberries and Blackberries during late summer, and an amazing plethora of plant life.  Tennent Mountain offers amazing views of Black Balsam and the surrounding landscape to include an interesting birds eye perspective on Looking Glass Rock and Shining Rock. After time to soak up the views from Tennent Mountain we will hike down the mountain to Ivestor Gap and enjoy a Backcountry Picnic Lunch in a high elevation meadow. Following lunch we will take another route back to the trailhead.

Quick Info

  • Price $190.00 Per Group
  • Group Size 1 to 3 Hikers
  • Distance 5 Mile Loop
  • Difficulty 3 out of 5
  • Solitude 2 out of 5
  • Time 4-5 Hours

What's Included With Your Trip

What Is Not Included, But Required

What Is Not Included, But Recommended

Optional Add-Ons For A Better Experience

Gourmet Backcountry Hot Meals

$ 150

Prepared by a local professional chef, upgrade your backcountry picnic to a gourmet meal while experiencing breath-taking views. All prepared for you, so you don't lift a finger.

Day Pack

$ 35

Do you need to borrow a daypack? No problem, we have gear rentals.

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