Standing Indian Mountain Southern Nantahala Wilderness, NC
miles
LENGTH 5 MILES
DIFFICULTY 6.4 Easy
Medium
DURATION 2-3 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
1080
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Standing Indian Mountain

Hike northbound along the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Standing Indian Mountain, the highest point in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness. Climbing at a constant rate of 400 feet/mile, this moderately easy workout will be rewarded with long distance southwest views.

Six miles of dirt road lead to the parking at Deep Gap. Sedans can make the trip unless it's really muddy. Stay on the main road, passing an unmarked road on the right, a signed road on the left and then a split near the end, staying to the right. 10-15 cars can squeeze in around the bend in the road with 6 dedicated parking spots.

The hike begins northbound on the AT. Several trails depart from Deep Gap, but make sure you're taking the marked AT North trail directly in front of you when you enter the parking area. If you're heading back to the right along the road you came in on you're going the wrong way.

The Appalachian Trail maintains a steady 400 feet/mile elevation gain throughout this hike. As is usually the case, the trail can be rocky and rooty. At .9 miles a blue-blazed side trail leads to Standing Indian Shelter. Shortly after this, the trail begins a series of long switchbacks that grow shorter and shorter, ending along the ridge of Standing Indian Mountain. Pass a side trail on your left to a campsite.

At 2.4 miles you'll come to a 4 way intersection with a blue-blazed trail leading down to the left, the AT heading straight, and another trail up and to the right. If you walk along the AT, an almost identical intersection is just a few steps away, except this one has a sign for Standing Indian Mountain. Take either of the up and to the right paths that join together, staying to the right at the campsite, to summit the mountain. A rock outcropping provides great views to the southwest.

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length5 miles
difficulty6.4 Easy-Medium
duration2 - 3 hours
features Dog Friendly  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeWhite
elevation gain1080 ft.
park/forestSouthern Nantahala Wilderness
Nantahala National Forest
ranger districtNantahala Ranger District
90 Sloan Road
Franklin, NC 28734
828-524-6441
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 35.039588, -83.552378 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°2.38, W 83°33.14 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 35°2'23'', N 35°2'23'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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35.039588, -83.552378 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 35°2.38, W 83°33.14 most GPS units use this one
N 35°2'23'', N 35°2'23'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
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Six miles of dirt road lead to the parking at Deep Gap. Sedans can make the trip unless it's really muddy. Stay on the main road, passing an unmarked road on the right, a signed road on the left and then a split near the end, staying to the right. 10-15 cars can squeeze in around the bend in the road with 6 dedicated parking spots.
Notes
Make sure to take the Appalachian Trail north, the sign will show AT N.
The hike is rocky and rooty in sections so watch your step.
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hikethesouth-3 months ago
Great View
This is a very straight forward hike. Hike to the summit for a great view, then back down. Constant elevation gain tho not too difficult. Good one to build up your hiking legs.
Easy-Medium | Hiked Fall 2018
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