Ascent of Big Butt on 2014-12-31

Climber: Bradley R

Date:Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Butt
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

This hike included Little Butt, Point Misery, Big Butt, and Flat Spring Knob. To access these peaks use the Big Butt trail (which connects the BRPW and highway 197, a dirt road where it meets the trail).
My original plan was to park on the parkway and hike up Craggy Dome, and maybe Douglas Falls. Unfortunately the Parkway was closed well before reaching Craggy Garderns, where I had planned to park. I had checked the BRPW website prior to leaving and it clearly showed this portion of the parkway was open, so this frustrated me pretty badly.
After this I didn't know where to go hiking so I found somewhere with cell phone range and looked up nearby hikes, and the Big Butt trail came up. Most websites suggest parking on the BRPW, but this wasn't an option for me. I parked at the CANE RIVER GAP on NC 197 to start my hike.
The hike took me 5.5 hours to complete 12.25 miles (including bushwhacks to peaks). I saw only three other groups of people (2 hiking 1 mountain biking).
To get to the peaks along this trail a buschwhack is required for each, with exception to Big Butt which has a spur trail traveling to the top.
The trail would be a good one for mountain biking. I'd think someone talented in mountain biking could ride 90+% of the trail without getting off.
Overall the hike was difficult, but not "most" difficult. The trail, for the most part was smooth, no large bolders to climb over and not very many tree roots, making it much easier than it could have been.
There were not many clear views of the surrounding mountains on the hike, and none at Big Butt. The views that could be seen were wonderful.
A very nice hike, especially for a plan B. Not very high on my redo list as a hike, though I may consider mountain biking it with some friends.
When going to the summit of Point Misery I found a metal case. It ended up being a Geocache. I'm not one to look for these but ended up making an account just to record this accidental find.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1616 ft / 492 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1616 ft / 492 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.3 mi / 19.8 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1616 ft / 492 m
    Distance:9.1 mi / 14.6 km
    Route:Big Butt Trail and Spur
    Start Trailhead:NC 197  4304 ft / 1311 m
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1616 ft / 492 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Big Butt Trail and Spur
    End Trailhead:NC 197  4304 ft / 1311 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Big Butt

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Little Butt2014-12-31 ac 
 Point Misery2014-12-31 b 
 Big Butt2014-12-31 d1616 ft / 493 m
 Flat Spring Knob2014-12-31 e 
Total Trip Gain: 1616 ft / 493 m    Total Trip Loss: 1616 ft / 493 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bradley R
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