Ascent of Percys Peak on 2013-07-21

Climber: Albert Wolff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Percys Peak
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6200 ft / 1889 m

Ascent Trip Report

Woody Ridge Trailhead located at the end of NC SR1156. Lower part of trail has some turnoffs but stay generally heading up and follow yellow blazes. Only water source found is on lower parts of trail where a stream crosses the trail couple of times. Woody Ridge is a short (2.6 miles) but steep trail. Some minor rock scrambles. Give about 2-2.5 hours to reach Black Mountain Crest Trail if you don't stop very long on way up. Some beautiful overlooks on cliffs with exposure on trail on southeast side of Percys Peak which I think may be "Horse Rock" as shown on the USGS Topos. The Black Mt. Crest trail does not cross the summit of Percys Peak. Be prepared for a short but vicious bushwack to gain summit. No trail or easy man-way was found. No marker on summit but there is a large boulder which may or may not be the high point. Thick cover present and no views from summit. On descent, Woody Ridge Trail has the potential to be treacherous if raining due to steepness and mud.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3085 ft / 939 m
    Total Elevation Loss:157 ft / 47 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3074 ft / 936 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3011 ft / 917 m; Extra: 63 ft / 19m
    Loss on way in:63 ft / 19 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 4.9 km
    Route:Woody Ridge Trail 177
    Start Trailhead:Woody Ridge TH  3189 ft / 972 m
    Time:2 Hours 22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:94 ft / 28 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 83 ft / 25 m; Extra: 11 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:11 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Black Mt. Crest Trail
    End Trailhead:Woody Ridge/Black Mountain Ridge Trail Junction  6117 ft / 1864 m
    Time:4 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Percys Peak/Gibbs Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Percys Peak2013-07-213085 ft / 940 m
2Gibbs Mountain2013-07-21238 ft / 73 m
Total Trip Gain: 3323 ft / 1013 m    Total Trip Loss: 3323 ft / 1013 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Albert Wolff
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