Ascent of Blue Ridge Pastures on 2019-06-04

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blue Ridge Pastures
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3760 ft / 1146 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second time climbing this peak. First time on the proper trail and in Summer. Start at Bearwallow Gap and park on the shoulder in the designated area. Construction on the road there today. Not sure why or what for?

Just about the perfect day. Partly cloudy and in the low 60's with some breeze. Cool enough to barely sweat, but warm enough to enjoy the path up and magnificent bald at the summit. The fire tower is closed (chain link fence). lots of cows to walk with and around (the bull) as well as some incredible structures that have been left in disrepair but not removed.

The view from the summit allows you to see clearly the Hendersonville - Mills River valley and the Pisgah Peak to the south and partly west. Also keenly visible are the Great Smokies, the Great Craggies and the Black mountains to the north. Below those peaks are the Swananonoa Valley and Asheville. Climbing over the summit to to the east side, I grabbed a view of Little Pisgah Mountain and the Hickory Nut Gorge along with a full view of Lake Lure. Bushwhacked to Little Bearwallow Mountain from here - see separate post.

If you come here, linger and enjoy. It is best hike per tenth of a mile you can get in NC, except for the balds near Carver's Gap. Easy climb for just about anyone!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:388 ft / 118 m
    Total Elevation Loss:388 ft / 118 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:388 ft / 118 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Open Country
    Start Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  3372 ft / 1027 m
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:388 ft / 118 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Open Country
    End Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  3372 ft / 1027 m
    Time:35 Minutes

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