Ascent of Tater Knob on 2014-03-08

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, March 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tater Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3280 ft / 999 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tater Knob is a soft-ranked peak on the Eastern Continental Divide. Its pyramid-shaped profile dominates the horizon from US74A eastbound from Asheville along the long straightaway just before you climb the switchbacks to Hickory Nut Gap.

Just after crossing the gap, turn left on Little Pisgah Road, go through one gate, continue 0.3 miles, and park at the second gate. There are actually two purple gates here, one on a driveway. The trail starts to the left of the left-hand gate and follows the ridgeline to the summit. After about 200 yards there is a fork and the ridgeline trail is blocked by brush, but it is easily bypassed. Stay on the ridgeline. This trail is unblazed but obviously well-used and I think it is part of the Hickory Nut Gorge rim trail that is being developed. There are signs marking the north side of Tater Knob as protected by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Roundtrip hike 0.8 miles with a gain of about 300 feet.

The summit is wooded but there are limited winter views off an outcropping.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Ridgeline trail
    Trailhead:2980 ft / 908 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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