Ascent of Bluff Mountain on 2011-04-30

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Guide Kim Hadley. Rick Shortt
Shane Ashby
David Wilkins
Don & Laure Watson
Date:Saturday, April 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Bluff Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5100 ft / 1554 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bluff Mountain is closed to visitors except for tours led by the NC Nature Conservancy.

Peakbaggers should be mindful that the standard tour does not go to the summit, which has limited views. If you are booking a trip, be sure to tell the guide if you want to go to the summit. Including the summit makes it a 5-mile hike, instead of the standard 4-mile tour.

The standard loop visits the only fen (a rare type of bog) in the southern Appalachians and includes stops at two ledges with great views to the north and east. The latter is part of the cliff that gives the mountain its name. Lean over the edge and you'll see a waterfall splashing 100 feet below.

Round trip 5 miles, about 3.5 hours including stops.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:940 ft / 286 m
    Total Elevation Loss:940 ft / 286 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:860 ft / 262 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:trail via fen
    Start Trailhead:Nature Conservancy Rd  4240 ft / 1292 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:940 ft / 286 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 860 ft / 262 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:via Perkins View, waterfall
    End Trailhead:Nature Conservancy Rd  4240 ft / 1292 m
    Time:2 Hours 

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