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Ascent of Jackson Knob on 2019-05-02

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, May 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Jackson Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3401 ft / 1036 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rounded peak that lies just to north of Altapass Orchard.

Best way to access the summit (especially in late Spring, Summer and Fall is to follow an unmaintained road just to the south of the Hefner Gap Overlook (MM 326)that starts downhill. After about 100 yards, there is an even more overgrown roadbed that heads uphill and begins circling the Knob. It looks like the road may eventually reach at or near the HP, but I got frustrated and began a steep climb straight up the mountain just before a grove of rhododendron. After eating a lot of cobwebs, I reached a flat ridge. Walked the ridge to find the highest ground. One limited view to the SE along the way. Otherwise unremarkable.

On the way back down, I picked up another roadbed that was heavily overgrown but led at a gentle slope almost all the way to the Overlook. This is probably the best route if you go in the Winter.

Upon reaching the BRP, noticed another grassy roadbed across the way that had a distinct Overmountain Victory Trail sign on it. Researched this further, and it appears this was the route where many of the Overnmountain Men finally crossed the crest of the Blue Ridge before heading down into the Catawba River Valley and eventually to meet Cornwallis at Kings Mountain.

Never know what you might find while looking for something else!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:366 ft / 111 m
    Total Elevation Loss:366 ft / 111 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:366 ft / 111 m
    Route:Unmainted road, Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Hefner Gap Overlook on BRP  3035 ft / 925 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:366 ft / 111 m
    Route:Bushwhack to Overlook
    End Trailhead:Hefner gap Overlook on BRP  3035 ft / 925 m



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