Ascent of The Chimneys on 2018-11-03

Climber: Henry Pharr

Others in Party:David Short
Malcolm Campbell
Charlie Furr
Date:Saturday, November 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:The Chimneys
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3557 ft / 1084 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Chimneys - a movable goal for what you may have in mind. Mostly known for its rock climbing opportunities, The Chimneys are also worth a .8 mile hike from the Table Rock Picnic Area. The first part of the trail is unremarkable except for the fact that it follows the MST and is a good climb from the parking lot.

The rest is what you want to make out of it. My first attempt was in 2017 and I chickened out and watched the rock climbers scale the jagged heights of these jutted rocks. The second time with older folks involved we combed ever crevice of the rocks and even made it to the peak, only to find that a senior picture shot was in progress. So much for old men scrambling.

I would recommend this trek to anyone who hikes the Table Rock trail and still has some gas in their tank. You will not be disappointed! The hike on the MST follows the western edge of these peaks and afford multiple side trails to scramble to the top. My group took one of these and were successful in climbing higher and more exposed rock than most peaks I have attempted. On the way back we took a cautious route even after seeing younger folks skating across the tops like squirrels heading up a tree.

Best advice: take your time, be careful, do not go it alone and enjoy!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 151 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Clear and Windy Day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:500 ft / 152 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 350 ft / 107 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:Maintained Trail, Rock Scramble
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot at Trail End  3207 ft / 977 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:maintained trail and rock scramble
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot at Trails End  3207 ft / 977 m
    Time:25 Minutes

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