Cedar Cliff

Cedar cliff is a personal favorite. It’s easy and quick to get to,  and the hike is short,

Clouds looking mighty fine on the top of Cedar Cliff.

Clouds looking mighty fine on the top of Cedar Cliff.

challenging, and has a kick-ass view at the top. When you get started you may think to yourself, “wow, this sucks” because it is all uphill. Don’t fret, because it flattens out for a bit before the short ascent to the top.  Prepare to be hiking uphill for about 25-40 minutes.

Tips for making this hike more enjoyable: If you have trekking poles, or find a sturdy stick in the woods, it could be helpful for getting up the steep terrain. When I took my parents up there, they were mad at me for telling them they wouldn’t need their poles.

-Bring layers! It can be chilly/windy at the top, and if you want to enjoy it then dress appropriately.

-Bring an eno. There’s nothing better than relaxing on top of cliff.

-If you have a backpacking stove, bring it and boil some water to make tea or coffee

Cooking mac and cheese on the top of Cedar Cliff. Photo by: Sam Cook

Cooking mac and cheese on the top of Cedar Cliff. Photo by: Sam Cook

on top of the mountain. Or make a full on meal if you’re hungry…I’ve made mac and cheese on top of Cedar Cliff before so the options are endless. This is something I do for almost all my hikes, and it’s a fun reward for making it up. If you don’t own a small backpacking stove, rent one from Base Camp. They are super small and lightweight.

Directions:

-Start out on 107 towards Cashiers (away from Sylva), and turn left onto State Highway 321, just past the Exxon.

-This road will run alongside the Tuckaseigee for a few miles until you see a red triangular gate high up off the side of the road.

-There is no official parking, so park along the right side of the road.

-To get started, hike up past the red gate. The trail is easy to follow.

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 2 miles (ISH) About 30 min up.

Pros: Great views

Cons: Uphill but it’s a mountain so what do you expect

Trailhead: Red gate off side of road

 

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