Ascent of Haw Knob on 2015-07-11

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, July 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Haw Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:5472 ft / 1667 m

Ascent Trip Report

The old road up the ridgeline is badly overgrown and was a much tougher walk than I expected. The route is framed by trees so it's not hard to follow, but you can't see your feet and the rocks underneath are irregular and slippery. I stumbled several times. The toughest thicket is at the trailhead. It's better to go through the woods past this patch. Better to do this hike after a killing frost.

The trail starts at the west end of the Junction Overlook on the Cherohala Skyway between Big Junction Mtn and Haw Knob. There is a Haw Knob overlook further west on the Skyway but no trail from there as far as I could tell. On the east end of the overlook is the trail to Big Junction and on to the Cherokee County HP candidate. This trail appeared to be maintained, but a thunderstorm kept me from hiking it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:232 ft / 70 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Old road (badly overgrown)
    Trailhead:5240 ft / 1597 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Pleasant, Windy, White-out

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