Shining Rock wilderness is our guide's favorite day hike. Offering multiple summits over 6,000’ with panoramic views and a quartzite capped summit that can be seen for miles. Shining Rock Summit is the best day hike in Western North Carolina. We will start out our morning with a rendezvous in Asheville or at the trailhead; whatever is more convenient based on your location. We start our hike with a short ascent to Black Balsam Mountain at 6,214’ in elevation with 360° views. From there we will hike to Tennent Mountain at 6,065’ in elevation with mountain vistas ranging as far away as 60+ miles. Tennent Mountain also offers an interesting perspective on Black Balsam, Shining Rock Wilderness and Looking Glass rock. From Tennent Mountain it’s a short hike to our picnic location, Ivestor Gap. After lunch we will continue on to Shining Rock for exploration and a well deserved rest. This will take us to the most remote and scenic mountain top you may ever get to experience. Not to mention the geological rarity that is Shining Rock. We will spend ample time here relaxing, refueling and most importantly taking in the amazing scenery. Following up our break on Shining Rock we will be taking another trail back to the trailhead.

Quick Info

  • Price $290 per group
  • Group Size 1-3 Hikers
  • Distance 9.5 Mile Loop
  • Difficulty 4 out of 5
  • Solitude 4 out of 5
  • Time 6-9 Hours

What's Included In 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.

Rent A Day Pack

$ 35

Don't own or have your day pack handy? We offer rentals for your day trip.

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