Ascent of Shining Rock on 2020-09-26

Climber: Garth Brown

Date:Saturday, September 26, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Shining Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

o I had read about the loop trail SB6K #129 doing 5 peaks in the Shining Rock Wilderness and in researching them, I found a loop where I could also add Chestnut Bald to the list. I then headed that way and got to the Black Balsam parking lot before dawn. I headed north until I got up near Shining Rock and took the access trail to the summit. Then I worked my way south on the Art Loeb to Grassy Cove. On the summit, the access trail kept going south, but I had read to not go that route and take the small backtrack. I did that, as the summit was all scrub bushes and would have been a miserable bushwhack if the trail disappear, which I read it did. Then I kept going south over Tennent Mt to Black Balsam. Before reaching the summit of Tennent, I had only ran into a handful of backpacker. Once on Tennent, it became wall-to-wall people. I then went down to the road and crossed over the road, which was a complete parking lot and filled with people. Once I kept going south, it was solitude again. I followed the MST to a sharp bend and headed up to Chestnut Bald. I did not see the start of the bushwhack trail, but quickly picked it up. It was an easy & relatively short walk to the summit. I then followed the bushwhack trail back to the MST. In retrospect, it would have been better to follow the bend about 40 feet to the bushwhack trail and then head up it. I then headed to Sam Knob. Once at the base, I then ran back into lots of people. On the summit, I did both peaks, so to do both for SB6K. I then got back to the car and the lot was so full of people, I could barely walk to my car. Getting out was a nightmare and my truck barely got out with all the f’ed up parking jobs.
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