Ascent of Balsam High Top on 2019-10-05

Climber: William Sanderson

Date:Saturday, October 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Balsam High Top
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5720 ft / 1743 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ascended the Balsam Mountain Trail from Round Bottom Road. Summit is a short bushwhack from the trail, and is a very broad open spruce forest. Determining the actual high point was problematic. There are two contours on the topo without indication of which is higher. My GPS indicated that the contour to the NE is a few feet higher than the other. Once inside that contour line the forest is broad and open, but there is a group of rocks on the western edge that appear to be slightly (inches) higher than the ground. A really lovely summit, with no view but a marvelous, mossy, quiet spot. Very rewarding after the 4-mile uphill climb.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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