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Ascent of Mount Collins on 2014-07-23

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Collins
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:6188 ft / 1886 m

Ascent Trip Report

One last peak to nab for the day. I had little time left in order to get to the hotel in time for check in. Mt. Love is barely a peak and on no lists but this one is #15 on the TN 4,500 threshold list so i left the parking area at Clingman's Dome and looked for a way to get on to the AT nearby. I made the mistake of parking at the large paved lot with about 12 spaces where the AT shows just west of the parkway on the map and thought I could bushwhack down and find it. Big mistake! The briers ate me alive.I thus, drove further north on the parkway and saw a sign that said AT. It was not a parking lot but a turnout that accommodates perhaps 2 to 3 cars. It is where the Fox Ridge Trail and AT join.

Parking here, I was able to find the AT and run on up to the obvious peak and back within 30 minutes. I met two section hikers and talked briefly. I recall no views or anything interesting. This last peak (number 4 for the day) just helped me complete a 6 mile 2000 foot gain day hike day. I nice warm up for tomorrow. This was the easiest peak to grab from this parking area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:328 ft / 99 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:AT
    Trailhead:TH post for AT along parkway Jtn with Fox Ridge Tr  5860 ft / 1786 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
still wet out but at least not rain
Ascent Statistics
    Time:18 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:12 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: TN-HP Circuit

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Andrews Bald2014-07-23 a1200 ft / 366 m
2Mount Buckley2014-07-23 b800 ft / 244 m
3Clingmans Dome2014-07-23 c383 ft / 117 m
4Mount Collins2014-07-23 d328 ft / 100 m
5Clingmans Dome2014-07-23 z 
Total Trip Gain: 2711 ft / 827 m    Total Trip Loss: 2191 ft / 668 m



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