Ascent of Bluff Mountain on 2011-04-30
|Others in Party:||Guide Kim Hadley. Rick Shortt|
Don & Laure Watson
|Date:||Saturday, April 30, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||5100 ft / 1554 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBluff 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|
| 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 |
| 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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