Ascent of Reinhart Knob on 2016-07-21

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy Stinson
Date:Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Reinhart Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6080 ft / 1853 m

Ascent Trip Report

After reading reports of the bushwhacking required for this peak I was surprised at how reasonable it was. My son and I climbed it together with Richland Balsam, following in general a route suggested or used by several others working on the SB6K peaks. The hike was actually enjoyable, despite the off-trail sections, and we finished in exactly four hours, which includes rest & photo stops along the way.

To start the climb of Reinhart we walked from the Beartrail Ridge Gap parking area on the parkway southeast (i.e. north in terms of parkway mileposts) to the point where the road curves away to the east and scrambled up there. It was steep but not extreme; there was always a small tree to help with balance. We scrambled more or less directly up to the ridge and then headed southeast along the ridge crest. When patches of Rubus or other thick vegetation appeared we simply circled around them. Occasionally green or orange ribbons showed where someone else had passed. At the top (or at the stake a few feet from the top) were several obvious ribbons as well.

Bushwhacking down the west slope of Reinhart was also pretty reasonable. Eventually we found and followed a small stream, remaining to its right (west) until we reached the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The remainder of the trip report is found under Richland Balsam.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:230 ft / 70 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:230 ft / 70 m
    Route:NW ridge bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:5850 ft / 1783 m
    Time:28 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:W slopes bushwhack to MST
    Time:47 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Reinhart & Richland Balsam (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Reinhart Knob2016-07-21 a230 ft / 70 m
2Richland Balsam2016-07-21 b1055 ft / 322 m
Total Trip Gain: 1285 ft / 392 m    Total Trip Loss: 560 ft / 171 m

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