Ascent of Little Rock Knob on 2013-06-08

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, June 8, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Rock Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:4920 ft / 1499 m

Ascent Trip Report

Round-trip hike from Hughes Gap to Little Rock Knob is 4.2 miles with a net climb of 880 feet. I continued to the West Peak, which makes the round-trip 5.6 miles with a total of 1700 feet of climbing.

The TN-NC line comes very close to the peak, but the map suggests the top contour lies on the TN side.

To reach the trailhead from the town of Roan Mountain, follow TN 143 for 5.4 miles. Turn R onto Cove Creek Road and go 1.5 miles. Bear R onto Hughes Gap Road and go 1.5 miles. The AT crosses the gap on the state line. Neither are signed, but the trailhead is obvious, and there is room to park several cars.

No views from the summit of Little Rock Knob, but as you continue southbound on the AT you will soon come to a series of clifftop views encompassing 4 states (NC, TN, KY, VA). The dominant mountain due north is Ripshin Ridge.

Peakbaggers will want to continue on the AT for another 0.7 miles to claim the West Peak, which is ranked on the list of TN 4.5'ers. In the case of the west peak, I think the actual HP lies on the NC side. Details on my trip report for Little Rock Knob-West Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1640 ft / 499 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1640 ft / 499 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1120 ft / 341 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 880 ft / 268 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:AT southbound
    Start Trailhead:Hughes Gap  4040 ft / 1231 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1400 ft / 426 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 880 ft / 268 m; Extra: 520 ft / 158m
    Gain on way out:520 ft / 158 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:AT southbound
    End Trailhead:Hughes Gap  4040 ft / 1231 m
    Time:1 Hours 

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