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Ascent of Rich Knob on 2012-10-06

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, October 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rich Knob
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:4247 ft / 1294 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a moderate 5.6-mile round trip hike with gentle grades and a short, easy, bushwhack to the summit.

Park at the Cross Mountain trailhead on TN 91 between Elizabethton TN and Shady Valley TN/Damascus VA. Cross the road and pass through the gate onto the northbound AT. The next half-mile is a graveled walkway that has been built for handicapped access, and most of the first mile is through pastures where you can expect to meet docile cattle.

0.5 miles--bench at the end of the handicapped section offers a nice view of Shady Valley.
0.6 miles--cross stile.
0.9 miles--cross another stile to leave pasture and enter woods. To your right is a gateway that leads to a grassy pasture that my GPS flagged as the summit of Cross Mountain. It's not ranked, so I bypassed it, using cattle, rain, and mud as an excuse.
2.0 miles--nice campsite with spring.
2.6 miles--AT crests at 4130 feet just before the Double Springs shelter. Leave the trail and follow the ridge through open woods toward the summit.
2.8 miles--the wooded summit has a fire ring and no views. I found no sign of the Rich End BM.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:907 ft / 276 m
    Total Elevation Loss:907 ft / 276 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:827 ft / 252 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 747 ft / 228 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:AT northbound, then bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Cross Mountain trailhead  3500 ft / 1066 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:827 ft / 252 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 747 ft / 228 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Gain on way out:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    End Trailhead:Cross Mountain trailhead  3500 ft / 1066 m
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes



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