Ascent of Yarnall Knob on 2013-08-05

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Monday, August 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Yarnall Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Yarnall Knob is the peak at the south end of Blowing Rock Boulevard in Boone (opposite Howards Knob on the north end). Over 30 acres around the summit are protected by the High Country Conservancy, thanks to the generosity of Boone patriarch Wade Brown.

From where I live, Yarnall Knob is a 2.8-mile round trip, mostly following private or abandoned roads. You can drive to the 3640 saddle SE of the peak and make the round-trip hike just 0.4 miles. From US321 south of Boone, follow Niley Cook Road to Mine Branch Road to Brown Mtn Ridge Road. Park at the dead-end, where you'll see a small sign for the boundary of the High Country Conservancy tract. Follow the old woods road past a boulder berm, and after about 100 yards take the left fork all the way to the top. Limited views through the trees.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:540 ft / 164 m
    Total Elevation Loss:540 ft / 164 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:440 ft / 134 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 340 ft / 104 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Start Trailhead:Home  3500 ft / 1066 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:440 ft / 134 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 340 ft / 104 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    End Trailhead:Home  3500 ft / 1066 m

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