Mt. Sterling Ridge TrailModerate

Mt. Sterling Ridge Trail

Distance (One Way)

5.3 miles

Elevation Gain

716 feet

Trailhead

Mount Sterling

Location

Waynesville, NC

Trail Description

Mt. Sterling Ridge Trail is a 5.3 mile horse and hiking trail on the west side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It provides access to the Mount Sterling fire tower at the junction with Baxter Creek Trail.

From the junction with Mt. Sterling Trail near the fire tower, you will descend rapidly about 500 feet in elevation. The first half of the trail is mostly up and down, but the last three miles of the trail provides some of the flattest ground you can find in this high of an elevation in the national park.

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Mt. Sterling Ridge Trail Elevation Profile

Mt. Sterling Ridge Trail Elevation Profile Tom Dunigan's Elevation Profiles

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade

3%

Fairly Flat

Paul Petzoldt Scale

6.7

Moderate

5

10

15

Shenandoah Scale

87

Moderate

50

100

150

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