Ascent of Sam Knob on 2011-04-20

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sam Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6040 ft / 1840 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the parking area at the end of Black Balsam Road, follow trail 617, which is unmarked but starts on the old road beyond the gate. This starts at 5800 feet and descends gently to a saddle at 5660. At the trail junction on the far side of the saddle, turn R on the Sam Knob Summit Trail.

There are two summits in the 6040 contour. The NW summit is probably higher, but the SE summit is worth visiting, too. Great 360-degree views.

Roundtrip hike: 3 miles. I combined this with a hike to Chestnut Bald for a total of 7.2 miles, including the half-mile of road between the trailheads.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Extra Gain:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Trail 617, Sam Knob Summit Trail
    Trailhead:Black Balsam Road  5800 ft / 1767 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Pleasant, Extremely Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Sam Knob area

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Chestnut Bald2011-04-20 a600 ft / 183 m
2Silvermine Bald2011-04-20 b20 ft / 6 m
3Sam Knob2011-04-20 c600 ft / 183 m
Total Trip Gain: 1220 ft / 372 m    Total Trip Loss: 1220 ft / 372 m

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