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Beech Creek/Standing Indian Loop




Bushwhack to the Summit Standing Indian Mountain (5,498') in this Challenging and Rewarding Day Hike

Event Hiking
Location Tate City, NC
Date(s) & Time
Sign up deadline
Duration Day trip
Difficulty (1 - 6) 5. Difficult
Distance 10 miles
Adult Leaders Albert Bodamer,
  Cost   Bring money for fast food stop on way home.
Who may attend Scouts 13 and older, First Class & above & registered Scouters in the Troop. Must have successfully completed a prior hike > 6 miles.
At 5,500 feet, Standing Indian is a strenuous 10-mile loop hike with a breathtaking panoramic view at the top.

So why is this mountain called "Standing Indian"? According to Cherokee myth, the peak is the stone remains of an actual watchman, an Indian warrior sent to the mountaintop to keep a lookout for the winged monster that had stolen a village child. When the Great Spirit answered the village's prayers and destroyed the monster with a furious lightning storm, the mountain was shattered and the lone scout was turned to stone. The legend also "explains" the treeless heath or shrub bald summit, covered primarily with purple rhododendron.

We start out just north of Tate City, at about 2,900 feet. We take the Beech Creek trail up to Case Knife Gap. From there, we do a very steep bushwhack straight up the side of the mountain to the AT, which will take us to the top of Standing Indian at 5,500 feet. We will eat our well-deserved lunch and then we will head down the AT to Deep Gap. There we pick up the Deep Gap trail, which goes along a stream back to where we started.

After the hike on our way back home, we will stop for dinner.

Perspective drivers, please note that the last 7.5 miles of our drive is unpaved gravel.

NOTE: This hike is approximately 10 miles with a total ascent of approximately 2,600'. Please be aware that you need to be in excellent shape to attempt this hike. If you are unsure of your capabilities, discuss with the Adult Leader prior to signing up.

Pack List:
  • Day pack
  • Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
  • Socks/liners
  • Good hiking boots/shoes that fit and are broken in
  • 2-3 Liters of water/electrolyte drink
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking pole(s), optional
  • Cash for food on drive home
Permission Slip
Pack List
Difficulty Ratings:

1. Easy

  Generally 4 miles or less, leisurely pace, and/or gentle elevation gain (less than 400 feet)
2. Easy to Moderate
  Generally 6 miles or less and/or moderate pace, gentle to moderate elevation gain (less than 1000 feet).
3. Moderate
  Generally 8 miles or less and/or increased elevation gain (less than 1500 feet) and/or faster pace.
4. Moderate to Difficult
  Generally 10 miles or less and/or more challenging elevation gain (1500 to 2500 feet) and/or faster pace.
5. Difficult
  Generally 15 mi or less and/or challenging elevation gain (2500 to 4000 feet) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
6. Strenuous
  Generally distance of 15 mi+ and/or challenging elevation gain (4000 feet or more) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
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