Ascent of Flat Top on 2020-11-05

Climber: Ted Shemella

Others in Party:Debby Shemella
Date:Thursday, November 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flat Top
    Elevation:4114 ft / 1253 m

Ascent Trip Report

Continuing on the Bartram Trail from Rabun Bald the trail descends for some time, sometimes steep via switchbacks. There's a wooden sign marking the side trail to Flint Knob (.7 mi) and Alex (1.9 mi). Decided to leave those peaks for another day. Continued descending and then started a rise with Flat Top in sight through the November woods. Started the bushwhack perpendicular to the trail but too early. Were shocked to hear a voice asking if we were lost. Turns out we had broken from the trail too early and crossed it again after a switchback. "Jen" was through hiking trying to complete all segments of the Bartram Trail. She had just come from where the trail skirted Flat Top and advised us to stay with the trail longer. Taking her advice, we found a place where we could see that the trail went past the peak and bushwhacked from there. The top was thick with some Rhododendron but they were patchy and easily avoided. There were prickers, but only thigh-high. Found a herd path that we followed along the flat part of the top and could easily see the highest point, not where indicated on the topo map. There was a 958 ft, 1.7 mi descent from Rabun Bald and then a 374 ft, 0.6 mi climb to Flat Top. Trip total was just about 4 miles each way and 2433 ft total elevation gain.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Bartram Trail
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Rabun Bald and Flat Top

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rabun Bald2020-11-05 
2Flat Top2020-11-05 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ted Shemella
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