Torg hiking journal. Sunday, August 19, 2018
Hikers: Myself, wife Megan, daughter Charlotte (age 12) and Isabel (age 10), dog Indy
Parking: Profile Trail Parking Lot off of 105 between Boone and Banner Elk. Near the Pedalin’ Pig.
Distance and Time Hiked: 2.45 miles to Foscoe Overlook. Out and back took us 2 hrs, 18 mins, 49 seconds. We stopped to play in the water, take pictures of bugs, and rest.
Highlights: Water crossings, large boulders, varied terrain of roots, stones, dirt path, wooden steps, great workout
Lowlights: very steep, under the trees and not much of a view at the Foscoe overlook, at least on this day
We’ve lived in Boone for two weeks and so as a family we know we have a ways to go when it comes to our stamina and leg strength. This hike presented quite a challenge.
We started the hike knowing that if we went the full distance to the Grandfather Trail and Calloway Gap that we’d have to turn back because of ladders that we couldn’t traverse. We have done that trail from the other side of the mountain inside Grandfather Mountain property. Note, there is a fee to hike inside Grandfather Mountain Property.
Parking area for the Profile Trail is new and large with nice restrooms. Before starting we filled out the form for registration and placed it in the box. The trail is well maintained.
The hike starts off going down for about a mile. There is a dirt trail, a bridge, and quite a few wooden or stone steps.
I estimate about a mile until the stream/river crossings begin. The water and big boulders were the highlight for us. Unless you’re planning on going all the way to the top, the largest of the boulders wouldn’t be a bad spot to turn around and head back to car.
The path winds and is interesting. There were four groups near us and waiting around near the Foscoe Overlook Sign. All were a little disappointed with that spot. It was a rainy and foggy day but there is a lot of tree cover here. I think if we could have slogged it out another mile, we would have loved the top.
We did meet a woman who lived in the area who said it was her favorite hike.
Torg Hiking Journal