Jun 22, 2011 at 10:56 am #1275805
I'm heading out to the Shining Rock Wilderness this weekend. It's my first time out there and I was wondering if anyone had been out there recently and if they could comment on water availability. Specifically I'm wondering about the stretch of the Art Loeb Trail between Ivestor Gap and Cold Mountain. Any place to get water on that stretch? Any info. would be much appreciated. Thanks!Jun 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm #1752197
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
There is a spring right off the trail near Shining Rock Gap. I don't know 100% that it is flowing but it has always been flowing when I have been up there.Jun 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm #1752222
@jshorttLocale: North Carolina
Nate, I just did that section of the Art Loeb last week and did not find water until near the top of cold mountain. I wasn't looking for Brad's source so I missed it. The cold mountain source is small but free flowing.
JamieJun 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm #1752226
Thanks fellas. Jamie – is the water source near the top of cold mountain easy to locate? Any hints on finding either of those sources would certainly be welcome. I appreciate the info.Jun 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm #1752229
I never have trouble finding water in the Wilderness area, as long as you aren't in any hurry. I've had to be creative to capture it before and have had to walk a mile from camp, but you can find it. I'm in Asheville, so not far from the area, and we've gotten rain daily for the past several days so I would expect any sources to be flowing pretty well.Jun 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm #1752283
@wufpackfnLocale: NC/TN/VA Mountains
The water source Brad R. mentioned is after flower gap but before shining rock gap. Close to where the Shining Creek Trail meets the ALT. It is piped and has been running every time I visited. If it is dry you can work your way down shining creek trail. Depending on how dry things are this could be a short walk or a long walk to running water. I would guess during a serious drought the walk would still be less than a mile.
Brad FisherJun 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm #1752320
@obxcolaLocale: Outer Banks of North Carolina
I drank from the spring Brad mentions on May 19th (27th wedding anniversary…..you learn to remember those or else!) About 100 yards south of the big intersection in Shining Rock Gap on the east (right going towards Cold Mt.) side. I've never seen it dry. The east side trail from Ivestor Gap to Flower Gap SUCKS take the west side trail all the way to Shining Rock Gap or just bushwhack straight up and over Grassy, though must admit Flower Gap is pretty and you'll miss it taking the west side route!
There's a piped spring on the shoulder of Cold as you're slabbing the slope just before gaining the summit ridge. This is the spring Jamie mentions. Some nice (but small) camping spots right where you make the ridge. Nice spots out by Stairs Mt before you drop down to the Causeway (pretty Red Spruce……. couldn't run the train out that far in the 20'3 30's to get just a few more acres so that nice woods survived the slaughter) or good spots towards Beech Gap and Dog Loser closer to Shining Rock but it can get crowded around Shining Rock GapJun 23, 2011 at 6:41 am #1752400
Just wanted to thank all the folks who have chimed in since my last post on this one. It's so cool to be able to get up to date info and viewpoints on upcoming trips. The articles are great but the forums are, for me, the real reason to support this site. So thanks again – not only is it good to know that there will likely be water available but it's also fun to try and locate things on the trail based on others' descriptions. Happy hiking.
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