Ascent of Little Rock Knob-West Peak on 2013-06-08

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, June 8, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Rock Knob-West Peak
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:4640 ft / 1414 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a continuation of the hike to Little Rock Knob. It adds 1.4 miles round trip, so the total from Hughes Gap is 5.6 miles and took me 4 hours, including stops.

The so-called West Peak is an unremarkable summit except that it is ranked among TN 4.5ers. Actually, I think the HP is on the NC side, based on the placement of a surveyors post and a sign for NC Game Lands. But the opposite is true for Little Rock Knob, so it all evens out.

From Little Rock Knob, follow the AT southbound and enjoy a series of clifftop views to the north. The AT then descends steeply (dropping 150 feet in 200 yards on rocks that can be treacherous when wet). Cross a gap at the 4400 contour and then follow the AT till it crests. The HP is about 100 yards off the trail.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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