Ascent of Bearwallow Mountain on 2013-07-06

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, July 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bearwallow Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:4232 ft / 1289 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bearwallow Mountain is one of the few balds on the Eastern Continental Divide. The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has preserved the summit and built a new trail through the woods on the west flank of the mountain. I hiked up the trail and descended on the access road for a round trip of 2.1 miles with 600 feet of climbing.

There are a number of towers on top, including a fenced firetower that the CMLC would like to restore as a viewing platform. In the summer, you'll share the bald with cattle whose grazing keeps it clear.

From US74 in Gerton (west of Bat Cave and Chimney Rock) follow Bearwallow Mtn Road, which is initially paved and then passes through a gravel section that is narrow in places. The pavement resumes at the Henderson County line, which is also the trailhead. There is room to park on the shoulder.

Bearwallow Mtn is one of 8 hikes in the Hendersonville area included of the White Squirrel Challenge, an activity sponsored by the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:592 ft / 180 m
    Total Elevation Loss:592 ft / 180 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:592 ft / 180 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:New trail
    Start Trailhead:Bearwallow Mtn Road  3640 ft / 1109 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:592 ft / 180 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Access road
    End Trailhead:Bearwallow Mtn Road  3640 ft / 1109 m

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