Ascent of Flint Knob East on 2012-06-03

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser <3472>to Flint Gap then I ran up Flint Knob East (the western peak is not registerred yet)
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flint Knob East
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ran up the short trail from Flint Gap. Interesting that this peak is shown in the database but the USGS calls the next peak over Flint Knob. But that peak does not list a USGS elevation and this one does. I would be tempted to call this one thus, Flint Knob East Peak.

The trail was great for running. Not too steep and tight so fun to dodge around the trees. No views at top but the vegetation clears out some and it has a nice peak feel. Tagged the big pine tree and ran back chasing up more grouse. Flushed up 3 Rough Grouse on the entire trip of over 8 miles and around 2500 feet for the day (after we re-aquired Rabun Bald for the second time that morning). The trail over this peak goes all the way to Alex Mountain although the USGS does not show that. I did not have time to bag it also as we had planned to let Karen bag the state HP today as well so we had to get back.

The flame azaleas (I think that is what they are called - the ones that are orange or red orange- we beautiful and in full bloom in constrast to the small while Rhododendrons). Some sort of honeysuckle was in bloom too and was very fragrant.

I ran up in around 4-5 minutes and ran down it in 3 minutes about quarter of a mile each way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:700 ft / 213 m
    Total Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
73F and beautiful
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:700 ft / 213 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Bartram Trail to Flint Knob Tr
    Start Trailhead:Saltrock Gap  3700 ft / 1127 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Flint Knob Tr
    End Trailhead:Flint Gap  4300 ft / 1310 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Rabun

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rabun Bald2012-06-03 b1066 ft / 325 m
2Flat Top2012-06-03 c414 ft / 126 m
3Flint Knob East2012-06-03 d700 ft / 213 m
4Rabun Bald2012-06-03 e416 ft / 127 m
5Chimneytop Mountain2012-06-03 f1143 ft / 348 m
6Brasstown Bald2012-06-03 g424 ft / 129 m
Total Trip Gain: 4163 ft / 1268 m    Total Trip Loss: 4163 ft / 1268 m

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