Ascent of Grassy Ridge on 2014-03-02

Climber: Dan Hildebrand

Date:Sunday, March 2, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grassy Ridge
    Elevation:4400 ft / 1341 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my last GA 4000 foot peak! Now I have to find another hobby... which will probably be North Carolina's 6000 footers...

I met up with Andrea, one of my coworkers to give her a taste of my weekend shenanigans. We made the trek from Alpharetta, through Gainesville, past Clayton and up the Patterson Gap road. The road was in pretty good shape, but it was nice to have my FWD car, even though my rusty exhaust system bottomed out and fell apart. That was a fun MacGyver exercise...

We managed to find the old Grassy Ridge road out of the gap, but then quickly hit a fork. We chose to go left (up towards the ridge) but quickly lost the road and decided to bushwhack up to the ridge and approach the summit that way. Once on the ridge, there was enough of a herd path to quickly hit the high point, though it started to get very dense towards the top. No views due to thickets of rhododendron, but a lovely hike and a great day to boot.

After quickly hitting the summit, we decided to head north and hit Ridgepole Mountain across the North Carolina border, which was a pretty easy trip after hitting Nichols Gap just north of Grassy Ridge, and taking trail that runs through there. The trail through Nichols Gap leads north to the AT, and south to the Grassy Ridge trail, which also made it a great way to get back to the car, though we must have missed a fork and ended up shooting way east after passing the Grassy Summit. After a quick corrective bushwhack, we were back on the trail and soon at the car.
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