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Ascent of Grassy Cove Top on 2011-09-10

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, September 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grassy Cove Top
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6040 ft / 1840 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Art Loeb trail enters the Shining Rock Wilderness at Ivestor Gap, just south of Grassy Cove Top. Somebody decided that signs and blazes are inappropriate in a wilderness area, so you have to choose one of several well-worn unmarked paths. I chose one marked "Erosion" which leads up the SW side of Grassy Cove Top. This was not much worse than much of the Art Loeb trail, and it does lead directly to the summit. Later, I read that the CMC says stay off this trail. The SW side of Grassy Top was burned not long ago, and the rhododendron and blueberries are just knee-high.

This was part of a 10.3-mile roundtrip hike to Shining Rock, and the full trip report is posted there.
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Shining Rock Wilderness

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Black Balsam Knob2011-09-10 a 
2Tennent Mountain2011-09-10 b 
3Grassy Cove Top2011-09-10 c 
4Shining Rock2011-09-10 d1494 ft / 455 m
Total Trip Gain: 1494 ft / 455 m    Total Trip Loss: 1494 ft / 455 m



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