Rainbow Mountain Trail
At A Glance
0.7 mi one-way
Difficulty Rating: 2.31
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Lowest Elevation: 2500
Highest Elevation: 3320
Total Elevation Gain: 820
Blaze Color: Gray
Starts across Flat Creek from the Montreat gate; use the bridge for the Gate trail to access the trailhead. Turn right onto the gravel road once across the bridge, then turn left at the maintenance area to start the tail. The trailhead is signed.
The trail starts out on a gentle grade but then veers left up the ridge. It's very steep in places. The trail has some rocky and rooty spots so watch your footing. It winds through a series of switchbacks as it climbs some rather steep sections with steps and footholds. It passes a few limited, mainly wintertime views.
The forest on this ridge is mostly scraggly oaks with a few evergreens such as white pine and Carolina hemlock. The trail passes over one of the two peaks of Rainbow Mountain, marked by a small angled rock outcrop, before dropping back down slightly to meet up with Rainbow Road.
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Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:
Rainbow Mountain - Gate to Traverse
- Allowed Uses: Hiking
- Length: 0.44 mi
Rainbow Mountain - Traverse to Rainbow Road
- Allowed Uses: Hiking
- Length: 0.27 mi
Total Calculated Length: 0.71 mi
This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.
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