Ascent to Sitting Bear Mountain-Sitting Bear Rock in 2008

Climber: Tom Layton

Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Sitting Bear Mountain - Sitting Bear Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3900 ft / 1188 m
    Remaining Elevation:195 ft / 60 m (29% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Sitting Bear is an unusual rock that looks like a two-story spike driven into the ridge just south of the summit of Sitting Bear Mountain. I reached this rock but was not feeling well so I did not continue on to the summit, which is evidently just north of the rock.
From NC 181, take Gingercakes Road and then Table Rock Road south toward Table Rock. Not far beyond the end of the pavement, find the Sitting Bear trail sign on the right. Follow the trail up to the gap where there is a primitive campsite. Where the Devil's Fork trail turns left to descend into Liville Gorge, stay straight ahead and follow the ridgeline. Parts of the trail are overgrown and quite steep. This is a short hike but not for anyone who is not agile.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:480 ft / 146 m
    Route:Sitting Bear trail
    Trailhead:Gingercakes Road  3420 ft / 1042 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail

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