Ascent of Shining Rock on 2014-10-25

Climber: Albert Wolff

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, October 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shining Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed as part of trip after Black Balsam Knob, Tennent Mountain and Grassy Cove Top. At a small clearing on Art Loeb Trail at Shining Rock Gap, I took second trail from right heading north. Trail gets difficult to follow once the quartz rocks come into view. I went directly to first quartz ridge boulders and scrambled up to follow the ridge. A fun little scramble with mild exposure to makes it interesting. Quartz could be slippery when wet so beware, since even though dry it was definitely not as much traction as granite. From the top of the first ridge through some trees there is a second set of boulders that are closed in with thick brush/small trees. After an attempt to bash through the thick stuff retreated and then bushwacked east to gain the spur trail again east of the ridge. Followed the trail to the summit boulders.

The easy way is to stay right for a trail all the way to summit boulders after reaching the first quartz ridge. However, there are several confusing side trails in this area.

Beautiful views from the summit boulders.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:282 ft / 85 m
    Total Elevation Loss:376 ft / 114 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1/Class 3
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:222 ft / 67 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Spur off Art Loeb Trail
    Start Trailhead:Flower Gap  5778 ft / 1761 m
    Time:1 Hours 1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:376 ft / 114 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 316 ft / 96 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Shining Rock Ledge Trail
    End Trailhead:Ivestor Gap  5684 ft / 1732 m
    Time:1 Hours 32 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Great Balsams 10-25-14

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Black Balsam Knob2014-10-25414 ft / 126 m
2Tennent Mountain2014-10-25240 ft / 73 m
3Grassy Cove Top2014-10-25423 ft / 129 m
4Shining Rock2014-10-25282 ft / 86 m
5Sam Knob2014-10-25800 ft / 244 m
Total Trip Gain: 2159 ft / 658 m    Total Trip Loss: 2159 ft / 658 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Albert Wolff
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