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Ascent of Grindstone Knob on 2013-02-09

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, February 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grindstone Knob
    Location:USA-Tennessee
    Elevation:4236 ft / 1291 m

Ascent Trip Report

Grindstone Knob is the highest point on the Tennessee section of the Iron Mountain Trail, which was formerly the AT. The trailhead is at Sandy Gap on US 421 between Mountain City and Shady Valley TN. Follow the blue-blazed trail northbound for 0.34 miles, where it crests. The summit is about 200 yards NW of the trail. There are several huge trees near the summit. There is supposed to be a BM but I could not find it in the snow.

For details about the Iron Mountain Trail and others in the vicinity of Mountain City, go to johnsoncountytrails.org.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:356 ft / 108 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Iron Mountain trail
    Trailhead:US 421 at Sandy Gap  3880 ft / 1182 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground



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