Grandfather Mountain -- Mile High Swinging Bridge and MacRea Peak

Date 2010-06-05
Distance 7.1 km4.4 mi
Duration 5h:17m
Photos 19

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Short moderate hike to Swinging Bridge followed by crazy-rugged 2.5-mile out-and-back to MacRea peak. Despite short distance, it's a very strenuous outing with multple ladder and cable ascents. Trip write-up at Two-Heel Drive

Be ready for anything at Grandfather Mountain (even bears). Weather can go bad on you very quickly, especially on summer afternoons. HikersĀ  have to park in the Black Rock area and start out from there. Wear your sturdiest boots -- your feet take a beating in light sneakers on all the gnarly stretches of trail.