Ascent of Reinhart Knob on 2020-03-16

Climber: Mike Trimble

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, March 16, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Reinhart Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6080 ft / 1853 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did Reinhard and Richland Balsam on March 16th 2020. I was practicing my social distancing and I didn't see another person. The Blue Ridge Parkway was fog shrouded and my car was the only one at the turnout. I started on Reinhart and walked straight to the top. No issues. Then I just headed south down the mountain to the MST trail. Wet and muddy in places but it was smooth hiking. I followed the slight trail north that I assume everyone else uses. Eventually it just becomes to overgrown and unpassable so at the I went straight up (no trail) and came out on other turn out. There was a car there and I think I might have frightened the driver when I walked out of the woods because she immediately took off. Crossed the road and climbed straight up the rock face and found a trail to the top of Richland Balsam. I guess I should have read some of the trip reports better because I didn't realize there was a trail and thought bottom mountains were bushwhacks. Easy hike.
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Reinhart Knob and Richland Balsam

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Reinhart Knob2020-03-16 
2Richland Balsam2020-03-16 

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