Ascent of Roan High Bluff on 2019-08-15

Climber: Henry Pharr

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, August 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Roan High Bluff
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6267 ft / 1910 m

Ascent Trip Report

3rd peak in a Roan Highlands ridge hike that began at Carver's Gap. Took my time on this hike in part because much of the trail was under (re)construction and also partly because the fog was thick and I was hoping for a view at some point along the route (see my other posts on Roan High Knob and Cloudland Mountain for details on the first portion of the trip).

After descending from the "summit" of Cloudland Mountain to the parking lot, I picked up the Cloudland Trail at the SW end end of the lot (yellow blazes). From here it was a gently rolling hike through woods and across the road and back into the woods. At about 1.8 miles you will arrive at the man made promontory just below the HP on a rock formation to the right of the trail. I was frustrated because a cloud bank had just rolled in and you could not see 10 feet in front of you!

I sat down ate some lunch and remembered what they always say about hiking in the mountains - wait 5 minutes and the weather will change. Well, I waited about 30 minutes and man I was glad I did. In the snap of your fingers the fog dissipated and the beautiful valley and surrounding mountains came into bright sun-filled perspective. Temperature rose 15 degrees and the wind almost stopped. It was if a giant hand had pushed the clouds over and behind the mountain. Snapped a lot of pictures 5 minutes the fog was back and it was starting to drizzle :).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1433 ft / 436 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1433 ft / 436 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.9 mi / 12.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1433 ft / 436 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Open Country
    Start Trailhead:Carver's Gap  4834 ft / 1473 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1433 ft / 436 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Maintained Trail and Open Country
    End Trailhead:Carver's Gap  4834 ft / 1473 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes

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