Ascent of Rich Mountain on 2017-02-26

Climber: Debbie Adams

Others in Party:Paul
Date:Sunday, February 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rich Mountain
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started hiking from Cold Mountain Road at the gate near the DNR station and hiked down the road to Little Rock Creek where we left the road. We then headed southeast up the cove to the gap between Little Bald and Rich Mountain. Once we reached Rich Mountain Road we headed South west up the ridge to the summit, which we reached at 11;30 am at 5.7 miles. The slope wasn't bad at all and the vegetation was pretty light. From Rich Mountain we headed South then Southeast towards Tick. We came across an old trail/road and followed it all the way to the top. There was a lot of hog signs in the area and we did in fact startle a small hog just off the trail in the saddle between Tick and Rich. We made it to Tickanetely at 12:15 pm at 6.5 miles,took a short break then headed back to the car. This time we stayed on the road which circled around the west side of Rich mountain and comes out on Rich mountain road. We went east back to the gap and then northwest back down the cove to Cold Mountain Road which we hiked back down to the gate.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2020 ft / 615 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2020 ft / 615 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
a warmer winter day in Georgia
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2020 ft / 615 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:bushwack to rich mountain road
    Start Trailhead:Cold Mountain Road  2020 ft / 615 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2020 ft / 615 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Route:bushwack to cold mountain road
    End Trailhead:Cold Mountain Road  2020 ft / 615 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Rich Mountain, Tickanetley Bald

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Rich Mountain2017-02-262020 ft / 616 m
2Tickanetley Bald2017-02-26889 ft / 271 m
Total Trip Gain: 2909 ft / 887 m    Total Trip Loss: 2020 ft / 616 m

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