Ascent of Sam Knob on 2020-07-31
|Date:||Friday, July 31, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||6040 ft / 1840 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBagged as part of the SB6K challenge.
From the Black Balsam Area parking lot, I followed the Sam Knob Trail westward towards the double-peaked mountain. The trail goes through a beautiful open meadow with excellent campsites. The climb up to the top is mostly moderate with a couple of steep bits, but after coming all the way from Shining Rock my knees where making the hike feel a bit harder than it actually was. The trail brings you up into the gap between the two summits. To my eyes, the north summit appeared higher (and is marked as being higher according to the topographic map I used), but the SB6K says to "climb both to be sure". The high point on the south summit appeared to be a large rock outcropping to the left just before you break out into a fantastic view towards the crest of the Pisgah Ridge. Turning around and going back into the gap, the short climb to the north summit yields and incredible vista into the remote Middle Prong Wilderness. The high point appears to be a small rock outcropping located on the path just before this expansive vista. There are several excellent campsites on top of this mountain.
On the way back to the car, the sky decided to open up and I got absolutely soaked. Having to walk through the open field with lightning going off not to far away was a bit nerve-wracking.
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| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Thunderstorm, Cool, Breezy, Overcast|
| Route:||Sam Knob Trail|
| Start Trailhead:||Black Balsam Road |
|Ascent Part of Trip: Shining Rock SB6K |
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