Shortoff Mountain

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Shortoff Mountain is located on the southern terminus of the eastern ridgeline of Linville Gorge. The easiest route to the summit is following the Mountain-to-Sea Trail from either the north or south. The mountain is famous for its western flank which runs for nearly a mile parallel to the Linville River, and drops practically 600 ft. vertically to the forested slopes below. The technical routes up Shortoff are varied and plentiful with most offering excellent exposure. The view from the actual summit is obstructed by trees, but the views from the cliff edges are wonderful. Shortoff is approximately four miles south from the Table Rock parking area, and a mile and a half northwest from a lesser known parking area (for rugged vehicles only).

Elevation (feet): 2,920
Elevation (meters): 890
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Latitude: 35.8383
Longitude: -81.8944
Difficulty: Walk Up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
First successful climber(s): Cherokees
Nearest major airport: Asheville
Convenient Center: Morganton/Linville

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 2 trip reports for Shortoff Mountain.

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  • Log #13808 - by Wind on Mar 18, 2003
    Shortoff Mountain is one of North Carolinas finest hidden jewels. Parking is in a turn around area at the end of Wolf Pit Rd. just outside Morganton N.C. Hike is approx 3 miles at a moderate,...
  • Log #13809 - by Matt Kirk on Feb 18, 2000
    via the m-s trail from the south. The cliffs and views took our breath away. decided to bivy on the ledges although we lugged up a tent. it was a cold and sleepless night as we watched the stars and...