Sights to See
This trail has recently been redone, and the description is accurate. Be aware the very top section, the one described as" the scramble" is currently closed off due to unstable soil as a result of the fire. It is unlikely to be reopened anytime soon. However the trail ends at a beautiful overlook where you can see the chimney, and this makes for a nice hike. This is not a hike for out of shape beginners; it is quite literally a 2 hour walk straight up. When we started, the whole valley was in pea soup fog and it was drizzling. However the trail was above the fog and it was very clear. Typical of the Smokies, the trail is rocky, goes up a lot, and weather is unpredictable, but well worth the effort. ★ ★ ★ ★
A great day hike for beginners with a huge payoff view if you make it to the top. It is pretty much up all they way but the trail is very nice with cool wood and stone steps. The last 100 vertical feet is a scramble up near vertical slabs of slate.