Ascent of Richland Balsam on 2011-09-06

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Date:Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Richland Balsam
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6410 ft / 1953 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Richland Balsam is the 13th highest named summit point in North Carolina. This is an easy ascent with a loop nature trail leading all the way from the closest overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the summit. The entire length is about 1 mile. There is a summit sign, but it is not on the highest point. As is usual for many area peaks, the highest point was not easy to determine. My GPS took me a few dozen feet to the north of the sign and I was as close as a person could get without using surveying equipment. The summit is tree covered, so there is no summit vista, but the climb is a pleasant hike through a thick forest with no bushwhacking.
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