Ascent of Evans Knob on 2014-03-22

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, March 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Evans Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3580 ft / 1091 m

Ascent Trip Report

A group of 21 participated in the Rhododendron Rim hike led by the Swannanoa Valley Museum--the second leg in the Rim Hike series, which follows the watershed around Black Mountain, NC. I highly recommend these hikes, which are worthy fundraisers for the museum.

The second and third hikes--Rhododendron Rim in March and Cherokee Boundary in April--both access Evans Knob. The 4-mile Rhododendron Rim hike also includes Glade Mountain (listed as Peak 3660 on listsofjohn), which is the highest point on this section of the Eastern Continental Divide, as well as a side trip to McCalls Point, a spectacular lookout on private land.

The museum hikes start on private land high on the mountain. Otherwise, your best access would probably be from High Rock Acres Road (off NC9 south of Lakey Gap). There is a gated gravel road that leads to relay towers atop Glade/3660. From there, follow an unblazed but obvious ridge top path for three-quarters of a mile to Evans Knob. There is also a Glade Mountain Trail open to the public in the Christmont Camp off NC9 north of Lakey Gap. That trail climbs about 1100 feet to reach the gap between Evans Knob and Glade Mountain.

Evans Knob is named for John C. Evans, who settled east of the mountain in the 19th century.
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