Ascent of Big Butt on 2016-07-24

Climber: Zachary Robbins

Date:Sunday, July 24, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Butt
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Big Butt Trail is kind of a little cousin to the Black Mountain Crest Trail. It is shorter, easier, and follows the western Black Mountains which are all lower in elevation than their eastern counterparts. However, if you do the hike as I did, extending all the way to Blackstock Knob. Then this is a very difficult day hike. Most hikers who start at Cane River Gap will turn around at Little Butt, so my version almost doubles the length.

Cane River Gap is small and isolated, I doubt you will have parking issues. The Big Butt Trail is actually quite pleasant, there has been a lot of trail maintenance in recent years. Newer blazes, and well-graded switchbacks make this 1,200-foot climb in 1.5 miles easier than you would think. As I rounded Flat Spring Knob I looked for an easy path through the shrubs. I didn't find one, and encountered a pretty horrible short bushwhack to the unremarkable summit. It turns out I didn't walk far enough south on the trail. My bushwhack out was much cleaner, you need to walk well past the summit south before you try to hike to the top.

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