Route: Art Loeb Trail (NC)

Location
North Carolina, US
Distance
31 mi
Vertical Gain
7750 ft
Description

https://www.hikewnc.info/trailheads/pisgah-national-forest/long-distance/art-loeb-trail/

  • 30.1 miles
  • 9000+ elevation gain
  • starts at Davidson River Campground just North of Brevard, NC
  • ends at the Daniel Boone Boy Scouts Camp at the foot of Cold Mountain in the Shining Rock Wilderness


From browsing Web logs, the trail is run regularly at 7+ hours. There seems to be an annual run called ALTAR (Art Loeb Trail Adventure Run) that happens the Saturday before the winter solstice.

Anywhoo, seems like a good trail for an FKT.

 

GPS Track

Comments

Damn, 1/3 for FKTs staying on course in 2020.

Anyone know the women one way FKT?

I have correspondence indicating that Cheri Rosenblatt (who has the Shut-In course record) put down an extremely fast time back in 1998, but I can't find an exact number anywhere. Strava lists Julie Doll as having the southbound CR with an 8:43, but that was a pretty casual run (I was a part of it). We were with a friend who had run it northbound the day prior, plus we stopped a couple of times to wait on friends to catch up. Safe to say we weren't exactly pushing the pace.

Strava lists the northbound women's CR as Tara Jordan at 10:29, but that was also super casual (I was also a part of that run) plus the northbound segment skips the easy part at the beginning from the parking lot to the second bridge. There was a big group of us that day including 6 women, but the segment only registered for Tara, thus shaking any confidence one might have of using Strava segments for this sort of thing in the first place.

Given the number of easily made wrong turns on the route, any claim should be subject to a fair amount of scrutiny. I think some sleuthing would probably turn up quite a few sub-8 runs and possibly some sub-7 runs. I definitely true women's fastest time as of now is definitely under 7 hours, but I doubt it'll be "known" in the context of the title of this website. All of that said, I know a very fast woman who is presently doing course recon in preparation for an attempt (I'm not naming any names) so I would expect there to be an entry posted before too long.