Roan Highlands Adventure - April 12-14, 2019
3-Day, 2-Night Wilderness Expedition
$149.00 per person includes all meals on the trail, a training hike before your adventure, and a shuttle between trailheads. (It does not include transportation to Roan Mtn. TN, but we will arrange carpooling in advance of the trip.)
This hike is rated MODERATE to STRENUOUS
We’ll leave Huntsville at 5:00 AM on Friday morning.
Day One: Carvers Gap to the Overmountain Shelter (5 miles)
We’ll ascend over a number of open highland ridges, including Round Bald and Jane Bald, then summit Grassy Ridge (5,770’), a great spot for photos if the weather is clear. It has some of the best views you will ever experience with 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains! We’ll descend through Low Gap and Buckeye Gap, finishing at Yellow Mountain Gap (4,682’) at the OverMountain shelter area where we’ll camp overnight.
Day Two: Overmountain Shelter to Doll Flats (7 miles)
This will be an awesome day, with some ridiculous highs and lows…literally! We’ll start with a crazy uphill section called “The Incline”, as we begin the ascent over Little Hump Mountain (5,459’). Then we descend below 5,000 feet at Bradley Gap where there’s a good water source in the saddle between the two mountains. We immediately begin a long, long ascent to the summit of Hump Mountain. (5,587’) Then we’ll slowly descend and begin to leave the highlands. After a long, circuitous descent, the trail opens up into the Doll Flats (4.560’) where we’ll make camp.
Day Three: Doll Flats to Elk Park NC – Hwy 19E (3 miles)
We finish our trip with a 1,600-foot drop starting with a rocky overlook of the Elk river valley. There’s a steep, treacherous descent for several miles, then it finally flattens out for the last mile. After passing a 120- year old iron mine, we exit the woods at US19E near the town of Elk Park, NC and our return vehicle. We’ll shuttle back to our vehicles, then stop for dinner on the way home.
We’ll arrive back in Huntsville at approximately 10 PM Sunday.
No gear, no problem! You can rent all of your backpacking equipment from us for just $100 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.