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Ascent of Black Balsam Knob on 2020-07-31

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Friday, July 31, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Balsam Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6214 ft / 1894 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bagged as part of SB6K challenge.

From the right side of Black Balsam Road, the trail's starting point is obvious. The ascent to the top is simply magical - First the trail weaves through a wonderful spruce-fir forest before dipping out onto one of the largest bald mountains in the Southern Appalachians. The trail climbs steeply, passing over a couple of rock ledges, before it meets the Art Loeb Trail just before the top. The summit offers one of the most impressive 360-degree panoramas in all of WNC, with nearly the entire Shining Rock/Middle Prong Wilderness areas being visible. The summit is a small rock outcropping in the middle of an excellent campsite at the obvious high point. It was very windy on this particular

There is a benchmark stuck on a detached rock right by the summit, which curiously is marked "SILVER MINE".
Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Art Loeb Trail
    Start Trailhead:Black Balsam Road  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Shining Rock SB6K

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Black Balsam Knob2020-07-31 
2Tennent Mountain2020-07-31 
3Grassy Cove Top2020-07-31 
4Shining Rock2020-07-31 
5Sam Knob2020-07-31 



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