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Crowder Mountain via Tower Trail and Backside Trail Loop

Gastonia, North Carolina



2.74 miles

Elevation Gain

630 ft

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Crowder Mountain, located in Gastonia, North Carolina, offers a challenging hike via the Tower Trail and Backside Trail Loop. This 2.74-mile loop is rated as moderate to difficult, with steep inclines and rocky terrain. The trail is well-marked and maintained, making it a popular choice for local hikers. The Tower Trail offers panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the city of Gastonia and the distant Blue Ridge Mountains. The trail also passes by a large rock formation known as the King's Pinnacle, a popular spot for rock climbing. The Backside Trail, on the other hand, is a more rugged and steep path, with a series of wooden steps and handrails to assist hikers. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water, especially during the summer months. The trail can be busy on weekends, so consider visiting on a weekday for a quieter hike. Despite its challenges, the Tower Trail and Backside Trail Loop at Crowder Mountain offers rewarding views and a satisfying outdoor workout.
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