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Ascent of Grassy Ridge on 2014-06-14

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, June 14, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Grassy Ridge
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6120 ft / 1865 m

Ascent Trip Report

Grassy Ridge Bald is spectacular in itself, but you'll be glad you went the extra mile if you continue south to the south end of Grassy Ridge--a rocky promontory with a spectacular rhododendron garden that was in full bloom on my visit (June 14). From Carvers Gap, follow the AT northbound 1.9 miles to a fork, where you leave the AT and stay on the unblazed but wellworn path up the ridgeline. After leaving the AT, it's a half-mile to the boulder atop Grassy Ridge Bald (displaying a plaque to Roan farmer Cornelius Peake) and then another half-mile across a saddle to the end of the ridge. That's a total of 5.8 miles roundtrip from Carvers Gap. (My hike measured 6.0 because all the parking at Carvers Gap was jammed full, so I had to park further down the TN side.)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1420 ft / 431 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:AT, ridge trail
    Trailhead:Carvers Gap  5500 ft / 1676 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes



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