Ascent of Wolf Rock on 2013-11-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Karen Musser
Date:Monday, November 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wolf Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:2041 ft / 622 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Willie and I bushwhacked the peak nearest to our trailer it was time to have the family hike the entire Stone Mountain loop. We parked our car at the upper parking and it was cold and windy and we had no others on the trail to contend with. We took the trail to the left so that we could hike down to see the 200 foot falls of Stone Mountain waterfall which was actually quite intersting. The hard granite surface hardly has worn from the water erosion and it is more of a long water slide than a fall. Then we found the trail to the mid and lower falls and side journied down those as well. Daniel went to the lower falls but Karen stopped short as the stream fording was risking her socks getting frozen solid for the day. Once we climbed up and back to the main trail (and thus a lot of additional gain) we made our way to the impressive views of Stone Mountain from a field. Nearby was the old homestead and it is quite a nice journey through history.

Daniel, Willie, and Karen hung out by the homestead and I ran up the Cedar Rock Trail side of the Wolf Rock Trail and finally found the true summit of Wolf Rock and bagged it by myself as the others enjoyed the old homestead below. This was satisfying as we had tried to do Wolf Rock from the other side (lower parking area) and I was not able to find the true peak from the upper ledge as the sun was setting on us. It is much easier to find the true peak from the backside and so for you peakbaggers, I recommend summiting from the homestead side trail (Cedar Rock on the map). The views from either side of the mountain are very nice.

We then proceded to climb back down to the lower parking area and loop back to other side to climb up Stone Mountain to head back to the car. Total distance was over 5 miles for the day the way we did our hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:481 ft / 146 m
    Total Elevation Loss:801 ft / 243 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:481 ft / 146 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 181 ft / 56 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:Stone Mtn. Loop trail to Stone Mtn Falls to Lower
    Start Trailhead:Upper Parking of SMSP  1860 ft / 566 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:501 ft / 152 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Cedar Rock and Wolf Rock Trail to Stone Mtn Trail
    End Trailhead:intersection of Trails near lower parking  1540 ft / 469 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Wolf-Stone Mtn

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wolf Rock2013-11-25 b481 ft / 147 m
2Stone Mountain2013-11-25 c865 ft / 264 m
Total Trip Gain: 1346 ft / 411 m    Total Trip Loss: 1346 ft / 410 m

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