The view from the 6,030 ft. summit of Cold Mountain is worth the 5.3 mi. one-way hike. The summit is not too easy to find. I almost missed the survey marker at the peak. Once you arrive, step out onto the ledge from between the brush and bushes, and you will see layer upon layer of mountain ridges stretching out before you. During my August visit, there were wildflowers near the summit which had attracted many butterflies and bees. At one point, I had butterflies and bees swarming above my head, and to top it all off, a hummingbird flew overhead. The trail is not an easy one. It is "paved" almost entirely with rock which can, of course, be slippery when wet. Also, I actually stepped off the trail twice on my descent and had to backtrack to a point find the actual trail. There are no signs to point you in the right direction. Be mindful of where you make turns on the ascent. The difficulty level for me would be about 5/5, but I am sure a much fitter hiker would not find this trail much more than a 3/5. Just allow for about 6 hours round trip. Happy hiking!