Ascent of Crowders Mountain on 2013-09-07

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, September 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crowders Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:1580 ft / 481 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a 2-mile roundtrip from the Linwood Access (not the main visitor center for the state park). The Backside Trail climbs almost 700 feet, mostly on a gravel road with 334 wooden steps at the top. Great clifftop views to the east and south, including (left to right) Spencer Mtn, Gastonia, Charlotte skyline, Jackson Knob, and Henry Knob. The red-blazed trail continues beyond the clifftops to the actual HP, which is an outcropping on the east side of the foundation for a radio tower (beware of fallen razor wire).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:680 ft / 207 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Backside Trail
    Trailhead:Linwood Road access  900 ft / 274 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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