Ascent of Rabun Bald in 1976-04

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:April, 1976
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rabun Bald
    Elevation:4696 ft / 1431 m

Ascent Trip Report

My first solo summit--the start of a lifelong passion. I've been back several times.

Nice 2-mile hike up an old jeep road from Beegum Gap to the summit. There were a few steep spots but it levels out near the summit. There is a stone lookout tower on top. Tillman Hall clock tower at Clemson University was visible--I remember writing about that view for a Spanish class at Clemson.

Rabun Bald is the second highest mountain in Georgia and is visible on the horizon from my hometown of Anderson SC (on a clear day, look west-northwest from the parking lot at Belvedere Plaza, and you'll see the barn-shaped profile). When I was young, I remember seeing a map that indicated Rabun Bald was the Georgia state HP. Indeed, the view from Rabun Bald does seem more lofty than that of Brasstown Bald, because there are no substantial mountains to the E or S.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1036 ft / 315 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:Beegum Gap  3660 ft / 1115 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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