Ascent of Little Bald Knob on 2019-11-02

Climber: Barrett Wood

Date:Saturday, November 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Bald Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5040 ft / 1536 m

Ascent Trip Report

Done as part of a loop hike including Ridgepole. I left the car at the Beech Gap TH and hiked the road to Betty Gap TH. From Ridgepole the hike is flat and easy until the bushwhack. I stayed east of Kilby Creek and found most of the slope open and fairly easy to ascend. Near the summit the Mountain Laurel become very thick and difficult to move through. No views from the top.

As best I can tell, Little Bald Knob is the furthest south 5000 foot mountain east of the Mississippi River. However, it is not a particularly rewarding hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:875 ft / 266 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1285 ft / 391 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:875 ft / 266 m
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Start Trailhead:4165 ft / 1269 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1285 ft / 391 m
    End Trailhead:Beech Gap TH  3755 ft / 1144 m

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