Ascent of Grassy Cove Top on 2020-07-31
|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 ReportBagged 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.
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| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Route:||Art Loeb Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Black Balsam Road |
|Ascent Part of Trip: Shining Rock SB6K |
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