Ascent of Grassy Mountain on 2013-12-21

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, December 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grassy Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Grassy Mountain is on the Eastern Continental Divide west of Little Switzerland. There are several homes on the summit ridge, served by a private road.

I hiked from the Blue Ridge Parkway, following a trail that's marked on the topo. Heading southbound, park on the shoulder at 334.5 where the road crests. Less than 100 yards to the south, an overgrown woods road approaches the parkway from the east (left side facing south). There is an unmarked but well-worn trail that follows this road through a patch of rhododendron. After 0.3 miles, reach the end of the summit road, turn right, and follow it to the top, where you will find a distinctive stone-and-glass house at the old tower site.

Round trip 1.0 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3640 ft / 1109 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:old roadway, private road
    Trailhead:Parkway mile 334.5  200 ft / 60 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, White-out

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