Route: Profile Tr., Daniel Boone Scout Tr., Grandfather Tr.
Type: Out and Back
Distance: 11 miles
Conditions: Icy, snowy, cold
Impression: This was the most fun and challenging hike i've been on since i left Maine and the AT. While the Profile Trail is all uphill until Calloway Gap, the real challenge isn't until the Grandfather Trail. This rugged, rocky trail has extreme elevation changes and dangerous rock slopes (especially in December). It toke me about 5 1/2 hours to do the 11 miles and that's because of the slow pace needed to do this trail safely. Unbelievably fun, but a serious workout...