Ascent of Nettle Knob on 2016-10-29

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Spencer Layton
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nettle Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:4200 ft / 1280 m

Ascent Trip Report

There are two Nettle Knobs in Watauga County, and both top out in the 4200 contour. This is the eastern peak, near Howard Creek and north of Howard Knob. The western peak is near Hanging Rock and the town of Seven Devils.

From NC194 north of Boone, take Howard Creek Road 2 miles and then a sharp right onto The Mulberry Cove Road, which is privately maintained with single-lane pavement. You will think you are in somebody's driveway, but follow the pavement past the carport and keep going. At 0.2 miles, turn right on unpaved Mulberry Mountain Road and follow this up to a cul-de-sac. Park here.

The hike is just a half mile but climbs 500 feet. Beyond the end of the cul-de-sac, head steeply uphill through open woods. After about 100 yards, you will reach an old woods road which will lead you uphill to the left before dead-ending. Again head straight uphill until you reach a second woods road. This one will take you all the way to the summit meadow--just follow the steepest road at each intersection. The summit is a mowed field ringed by trees with nice views to the southeast.

You are on private land, so be respectful. I saw one No Trespassing sign on the ascent, and it was on a fork that I didn't take.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Trailhead:3700 ft / 1127 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
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