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Ascent of Newton Bald on 2021-03-16

Climber: Barrett Wood

Date:Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Newton Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5160 ft / 1572 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Nettle Creek I continued south on the Thomas Divide trail until I reached the Newton Bald trail. I took the sharp left and went about .52 miles before turning off trail and completing the short bushwhack to the top. The summit has a stand of oaks and relatively few brambles. The rain started to get heavier and with no views to hold my interest, I started back promptly.

This route is longer than simply hiking Newton Bald Trail from Smokemont but it saves several thousand feet of climbing and only adds another couple miles if you're doing Nettle Creek anyway.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1143 ft / 347 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1665 ft / 507 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:498 ft / 151 m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Thomas Divide Trail, Newton Bald Trail
    Start Trailhead:5162 ft / 1573 m
    Time:58 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1165 ft / 355 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 520 ft / 158 m; Extra: 645 ft / 196m
    Gain on way out:645 ft / 196 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    End Trailhead:4640 ft / 1414 m
    Time:1 Hours 37 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Newton

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Nettle Creek Bald2021-03-16 a552 ft / 168 m
2Newton Bald2021-03-16 b1143 ft / 348 m
Total Trip Gain: 1695 ft / 516 m    Total Trip Loss: 1705 ft / 519 m



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