Ascent of Cold Mountain on 2015-07-16

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy Stinson
Date:Thursday, July 16, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cold Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6030 ft / 1837 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took the common approach of parking at the Boy Scout Camp and heading up the Art Loeb Trail. Parking is parallel parking on the side of the road near the trailhead, along the stream; there is no distinct parking lot, but at least one sign indicates the correct area. We found the portion of the Art Loeb Trail that leads to Deep Gap rocky and tiring. Above Deep Gap the trail to the top of the mountain is not hard to follow. It leads to the "Cold" BM on a rock that appears to be slightly below the true summit a short distance to the east (a rough trail might lead there, or at least close; explore and bushwhack until satisfied). Wildflowers were great during our visit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2780 ft / 847 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Art Loeb and Cold Mountain trails
    Trailhead:Daniel Boone Scout Camp  3250 ft / 990 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast

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