Ivestor Gap Trail

At A Glance


4.3 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 5.36
Steepness: Climbs Gently
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Lowest Elevation: 5775 ft
Highest Elevation: 5875 ft
Climb Total: 225 ft
Blaze Color: None
Trail Number: 101


Out and back only, so riding this is actually 4.0 miles. Mostly flat, but extremely rocky with wet areas and springs. This wide, high elevation trail (above 5000 feet) travels through an alpine-like environment, with a few spruce and fir trees, grassy meadows, and dense heath shrubs like rhododendron and blueberry. Berries ripen in August, when the road is also open to 4wd vehicles. Intersects Shining Rock Wilderness (no bikes) which is named for a spectacular white quartzite rock outcropping which can be seen from the trail at one point.

Intersecting Trails

  • Art Loeb Section 3
  • Art Loeb Spur
  • Fork Mountain
  • Little East Fork
  • This trail is located in the Black Balsam area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Black Balsam trails list page.

    This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Ivestor Gap - Around Gate

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 167 ft

    Ivestor Gap - Tennent Campsite to Fork Mtn. Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 0.7 mi

    Ivestor Gap - Art Loeb Spur to Tennent Campsite

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 0.97 mi

    Ivestor Gap - Art Loeb Shared N. of Tennent

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 153 ft

    Ivestor Gap - Art Loeb Shared N. of Tennent to Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 0.41 mi

    Ivestor Gap - Gap to Little East Fork

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 1.62 mi

    Ivestor Gap - Little East Fork to Shining Rock Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 0.42 mi

    Ivestor Gap - Fork Mtn Tr. to Art Loeb

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding
    • Length: 393 ft

    Total Calculated Length: 4.26 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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