Ascent of Laurel Top-Southwest Ridge on 2021-04-20

Climber: Barrett Wood

Date:Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Laurel Top-Southwest Ridge
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:5000 ft / 1524 m

Ascent Trip Report

If you don't want to tag Laurel Top, just follow the Big Snowbird trail and save yourself a ton of cuts and scratches from the brambles. From Big Junction, follow the trail south. At the saddle between Big Junction and Laurel Top it cuts to the east side of the ridge. Just follow it until you hit the county line. There is a USFS border sign and some red-painted rocks.

I went out by way of the Laurel Top summit and regret it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:510 ft / 155 m
    Total Elevation Loss:510 ft / 155 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:115 ft / 35 m
    Loss on way in:355 ft / 108 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Start Trailhead:Big Junction  5240 ft / 1597 m
    Time:37 Minutes
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way out:155 ft / 47 m
    Gain on way out:395 ft / 120 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    End Trailhead:Big Junction  5240 ft / 1597 m
    Time:35 Minutes

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