The trail to the top of Whiteside Mountain near Highlands, North Carolina, was still icy this past Saturday, but it was melting! That alone created a very interesting atmosphere on the mountain—mist, fog, mud, rain, and ice on the rocks! Yikes!
Whiteside is a landmark in the Nantahala National Forest. It rises to an elevation of 4,930 feet and is located between Cashiers and Highlands, North Carolina, on US Highway 64 (A favorite area). In the mist, Whiteside’s cliffs look like sheets of ice draped across the mountain. A moderate two-mile loop trail takes you on top of sheer 750-foot high cliffs. There’s plenty of railings for safety. The views are outstanding.
Repelling is a favorite sport on Whiteside Mountain. Rock climbers, who are looking for a thrill, usually step over these boundaries and attach their ropes and repel down and then climb back up. But no one was doing that on this day!
Holly looks like a white dog in this photo. She was anything but that by the time we got to the end of the hike. Her innocent look tells me that she knows nothing about the “bath” that was in her future later in the evening!