Ascent of Browning Knob on 2020-08-30

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Sunday, August 30, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Browning Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6240 ft / 1901 m

Ascent Trip Report

See my 8/30/20 ascent of Waterrock Knob for the full trip report.

Coming down from Waterrock Knob, the trial is in horrendous condition. The trail is fought with slippery roots, wet rocks, and an ungodly amount of mud which all requires careful footing. DWHIKE's trip report from 2015 shows the trail being in much better shape, so it seems at some point between now and then knowledge of the Cessna plane crash has exploded amongst the hiker crowd. This was evidenced by the large amount of day hikers we passed on the return from Plott Balsam Mountain.

As the trail crests over the top of Browning Knob, an obvious side trail descends to the left. This leads to the Cessna plane crash. The path is steep, but short. Here the wreckage of a Cessna 414 Chancellor rests. Considering the crash occurred in 1983, the wreckage is in remarkably good condition. If you visit the site, please be respectful by not graffiting the hull or taking any "souvenirs".

The summit of Browning Knob lies just past the clearing to the left. You'll see a short path ascent to a large rock outcropping which is the obvious high point.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:420 ft / 128 m
    Route:Plott Balsams Trail
    Start Trailhead:Waterrock Knob Overlook  5820 ft / 1773 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Plott Balsams Traverse

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Yellow Face2020-08-30212 ft / 65 m
2Waterrock Knob2020-08-30472 ft / 144 m
3Browning Knob2020-08-30420 ft / 128 m
4Mount Lyn Lowry2020-08-30420 ft / 128 m
5Plott Balsam Mountain2020-08-30268 ft / 82 m
6Fork Ridge2020-08-30140 ft / 43 m
Total Trip Gain: 1932 ft / 590 m

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