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Albert Mountain
Natahala National Forest NC

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Mile Hike To 5000+ Ft Albert Mtn

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A long twisty drive on a forest service road, but a short loop hike and you are up over 5,100 feet on Albert Mountain, west of Franklin NC.  Enjoy great eastern views from summit ledge or unobstructed 360 degree views from the fire tower (the top was locked in August 2007 when we visited, but the stairs were accessible).

For a challenging hike, park where the AT crosses the gravel road just south of the summit ( P1 on Hiking Map below, Approximate GPS Coordinates 35º03'00.83"N  83º28'32.05"W ).  This ascends quickly to the summit in approximately 0.2 mile.  After taking in the view, continue north along the AT and bear left at 0.4 along blue blazed path.  Path ends at gravel parking lot, P2 on hiking map below.  Walk along gravel road back to starting point.  For an easier hike, start at the parking lot P2 and go up and down via the blue blaze trail.

Nearby Pickens Nose Mountain offers a similar easy short hike with a great view.  Another nearby hike is Waslick Poplar Tree.  See hiking map below for more details.

Other hikes in the Highlands NC area to the east include Jones Knob, Whiteside Mountain, and Rabun Bald.


Albert Mountain Ledge View toward East


Albert Mtn Firetower

 



AT near start of hike


Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory Sign on Albert Mtn Summit



Blue Blazed Albert Mtn Trail heading toward parking area

Distance (approximate in miles)
0.0 Trailhead - AT south of Albert Mtn.
( 35º03'00.83:N  83º28'32.05"W )
0.3 Summit
0.5 Left Turn on Blue Blaze Path
0.8 Parking Lot
1.25 Starting Point


 360 degree view from Albert Mtn Fire Tower in Nantahala National Forest, NC


Miles 1.25
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Albert Mountain Hiking Trail Profile, Standing Indian Area, Nantahala National Forest, NC
  Albert Mountain Hiking Trail Profile

Albert Mountain Hiking Map, Standing Indian Area, Nantahala National Forest, NC
  Albert Mountain Hiking Map, Standing Indian Area, Nantahala National Forest, NC - locations and scale are approximate