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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

Remote, but beautiful grassy bald NE of Bearwallow Mountain. From Bearwallow Gap (and directly across from the Bearwallow Mountain Trailhead), take the Trombatore Trail and descend steadily through a series of switchbacks to a gap, where the trail intersects a number of logging roads. The trail is extremely well maintained and signed, so you just need to follow the series of directional signs at these intersections.

After the gap, you will begin your steady ascent to the summit and wide open bald that affords a spectacular view of Bearwallow Mountain behind you and Little Pisgah Mountain to the east. Take some time to wander around the fields and you will also see the higher peaks of the Hickory Nut Gorge as well. I met a man and his daughter who said they hike this trail almost every week and rarely see anyone. At the base of the bald is wooden bench and a campfire ring. Could not see down into the Gorge to Lake Lure, but you may be able to in Winter. The one strange thing I noticed was that there are parts of the field that are filled not only with grass, but also poison ivy. Long pants and boots recommended!

Zach Robbins has a well researched report with accompanying video on this trail hike. Link is here: https://www.hikingupward.com/NCSP/BearwallowMtnBlueRidgePastures/
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1390 ft / 423 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1390 ft / 423 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.9 mi / 7.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1390 ft / 423 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Open Country
    Start Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  2370 ft / 722 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1390 ft / 423 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Open Country and Maintained Trail
    End Trailhead:Pull off on Maintained Road  2370 ft / 722 m
    Time:50 Minutes



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