“Study Nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”– Frank Lloyd Wright

Total Miles Hiked

Difficulty (1-10)

Fun Level (1-10)

Since hiking has become one of our favorite hobbies we have spent copious time researching local trails and mountains. We especially try to find trails nearby since:

  1. We don’t like spending a lot of time in the car
  2. Our Corolla doesn’t like spending a lot of time with us (or climbing up mountains for that matter)

That is why I was pleasantly surprised to hear of a park from a coworker that was only an hour away!

I am still unsure how we missed this gem in our researching and travels but I am very happy we found it. Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is a surprisingly fun park that has struck the perfect balance between the great outdoors & the 21st century.

This is not to say that drones escort you up the trails and the trees are made up of selfie sticks instead of branches. Rather the park meets you where you’re at by offering up a challenge.

A challenge you say?

The vertical mile challenge is a doozy, but fun and rewarding!

The idea was first thought up by Jimmy Ballard and Doug Dawkins who hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2011, they thought it would be fun to hike a mile vertically in the shortest distance possible.

Enter Rocky Face Mountain. With a 500 yard spread of rock that hits the sweet spot between burning calves and needing a rope to get up! It’s the perfect location for a Vertical Mile Challenge.