Ascent of Blackrock Mountain on 2021-04-16

Climber: Scott Leslie

Date:Friday, April 16, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Blackrock Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5810 ft / 1770 m

Ascent Trip Report

Blackrock is a peak that has been on my "hike it" list for a long time. Luckily I got a wonderfully clear day to see it for the first time!

The hike between Yellow Face and Blackrock isn't a long one, but it's a bit of a rollercoaster of sorts as it ascends straight up and down a series of small knobs. At times the Plott Balsam ridgeline becomes extremely narrow making for some wonderful ridgewalking.

The final ascent up Blackrock is narrow and steep, but the effort is rewarded with spectacular views of the Plotts, the Great Balsams, the Smokies, and all of the valleys below. Visibility was crystal clear.

On the way back to the BRP, I enjoyed scrambling up and around the various rock formations along the trail. I also made an effort to tag all the various smaller knobs between Blackrock and Yellow Face.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:110 ft / 33 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Route:Blackrock Trail
    Start Trailhead:BRP  5700 ft / 1737 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Blackrock 4/16

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Yellow Face2021-04-16332 ft / 101 m
2Blackrock Mountain2021-04-16110 ft / 34 m
Total Trip Gain: 442 ft / 135 m

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