Dogback Mountain Loop via Kistler Memorial highway

2 reviews #8 hike out of 38 in
9.0 mi
4 hrs 3 min
1,783 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult loop trail in Linville Gorge Wilderness.

This trail goes by Dogback Mountain. Or Rock Jock loop.

10.8 miles, 3000 feet of ascent amd descent. Fairly challenging terrain, not for casual hiker, excellent scenery, very remote - no cell service.

Getting Started

Park at Pinchin trail head off Kistler memorial hwy, which is gravel but reasonable.

Taking Children

No major exposure, but not ideal for children given terrain and steep climbs.

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    2 years, 2 months ago
    10.8 miles, 3000 foot elevation gain, very steep climbs/descents, tough terrain, very remote - no cell service, beautiful scenery and views of river and gorge. Recommend counter-clockwise route. Take GPS map, free download availabe from Avenza maps app. Can be occassionally easy to lose trail if not careful and have GPS.
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    7 months, 2 weeks ago
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Public Tracks

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Jerry Ellsworth 3 years, 7 months ago
Rock Jock Loop - GNHA
Distance a little long. Closer to 11.5 mi
Derek 2 months, 1 week ago
jenwassum 3 months ago
baileyhighonlife 8 months, 2 weeks ago
agreenfield1 1 year, 8 months ago
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The McGrath Family 1 year, 8 months ago
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Jerry Ellsworth 2 years, 7 months ago
trymene1 4 years, 9 months ago