Appalachian Trail Snowbird Mountain

Stone Staircase to Max Patch Bald, NC

May 3-5, 2024

3 days/2 Nights on the Appalachian Trail

$495 per person

$695 with Gear Rental

We provide all of your meals on the trail, shuttle service between trailheads, spiritual direction each day, and a 1 hour hot tub treatment at the Hot Springs Resort and Spa after our hike!

This hike is rated strenuous


This is a 3-day, 2-night wilderness backpacking adventure along 14 miles of  the Appalachian Trail. We’ll start at the famed Stone Staircase, summit Snowbird Mountain on day two, finally finishing on one of the most iconic balds on the AT, Max Patch. 


We’ll meet at the Max Patch Parking Area trailhead at 12:00 noon. Then we’ll shuttle back to our starting trailhead at the I-40/Stone Staircase Trailhead.

DAY ONE: Stone Staircase to Painters Branch (3 miles)

We begin the Appalachian Trail at the famous Stone Staircase at I-40 travelling North on the Appalachian trail ascending some 1,600 feet in 3 miles all the way to Painter’s Branch where we’ll make camp overnight.

DAY TWO: Painter’s Branch to Groundhog Creek (5 miles)
This day will be another uphill kind of day gaining over 1,100 feet overall. We’ll leave Painter’s Branch and ascend through Spanish Oak Gap, then continue to the summit of Snowbird Mountain at 
4,263 feet where we’ll enjoy lunch with some beautiful views. We’ll then descend into the Groundhog Creek camping area where we’ll camp overnight.

DAY THREE: Groundhog Creek to Max Patch Bald (6 miles)
We’ll hike up and out of our camping area, continuing along the AT to the high point of our trip, Max Patch Mountain. Max Patch is one of the most iconic balds on the entire AT with spectacular 360 degree views. We’ll then drive into Hot Springs, NC for a well-deserved 1-hour treatment in the natural hot springs! A
fterwards, we’ll head over to a local pub to enjoy some excellent food and drink before heading  home!

No gear, no problem! You can rent all of your backpacking equipment from us for just $200 per person. Just click the button “Registration and Gear Rental” and we’ll get you set up with all the essential gear you need for backpacking.