Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2013-09-29

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Charles Zerphey
Date:Sunday, September 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Elevation:4005 ft / 1220 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bald Mountain is the westernmost 4000-footer this side of the Great Plains. Take a photo next to the Tearbritches Trail sign, because otherwise there's not much to see here. The bald is overgrown. The round trip hike is 0.8 miles with a climb of 400 feet.

COHPers will be wise to do Murray and Fannin on the same trip, as the trailheads are just a few miles apart along the ridge of the Cohutta range.

The driving directions by Fred Lobdell and Ron Tagliapietra are as good as ever. The junctions are marked but not always obvious. If you intend to return to Ellijay on the east side of the Cohuttas, be careful on your way down. We missed the turn onto Mulberry Gap Road and came out on the west side of the range. Other than retracing you route, there's not an easy way back.

This was my 117th COHP and 12th in Georgia.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:405 ft / 123 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Tearbritches Trail
    Trailhead:Conasuga Lake Road   3600 ft / 1097 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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