stars badb4dad Jan. 11, 2019 Tough, relentless hike. Muddy in spots - regardless of season - and near the top the trail gets very rocky and slippery. Some very nice views from the trail looking south but the real jewel of this hike is the view available from the top of Pilot Mountain. One of the best in Transylvania County if one is lucky to be up there on a clear day. Never crowded and I have usually had that section of trail to myself regardless of time of year. You knees will probably thank you when you get back down though.