Ascent of Grassy Cove Top on 2020-07-31

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Friday, July 31, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grassy Cove Top
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6040 ft / 1840 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bagged as part of SB6K challenge.

Grassy Cove Top is located just inside the border of the Shining Rock Wilderness. From Investor Gap, I followed the Art Loeb Trail around the eastern slopes of the mountain (there is a trail that directly goes up the south slope, but it is officially closed "due to erosion" and the SB6K challenge specifically says to not hike this closed trail) and began looking for a path to the top once I rounded the north slope. The clear yet *extremely* overgrown path leaves heading directly south about right where the Art Loeb Trail turns north towards Flower Gap. The path is well defined but I had my eyes closed about half the time due to the ridiculous amount of overgrowth. The trail emerges on the mostly flat, broad summit of the mountain and the overgrowth subsides. The summit was a small rock outcropping located to the right about twenty feet or so after you emerge onto the top of the mountain. Nice views from the top.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Art Loeb Trail
    Start Trailhead:Black Balsam Road  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Shining Rock SB6K

Complete Trip Sequence:
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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