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