Ascent of Shining Rock on 2017-03-25

Climber: Debbie Adams

Others in Party:Shane
Date:Saturday, March 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shining Rock
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started hiking at 11:00 am and reached the summit of Black Balsam in 30 minutes and 0.8 miles.It is rocky and open on top which made for excellent views all around.On the north side of Black Balsam the trail is eroded into a trench and surrounded by thick vegetation.Tennent Mountain is grassy with the trail meandering to the east a lot of the way. The summit is obvious and we made it there by 12:10 pm at 2.3 miles. Coming down the north slope, the trail narrows and is heavily vegetated on both sides. We came off the east side of Tennent and swichbacked down to a gapand then crossed over an unnamed knob with a nice forest of trees on top, then down to Ivestor Gap.Here we took the graveyard trail by mistake and then back tracked to a trail that climbs the south face. This trail is very eroded and you're not supposed to hike it( I found out later). We reached Grassy Cove Top summit at 1:40 pm and 5 miles. We descended the north side to climb another small knob, then got to Flowers Gap. We bypassed Flowers Knob summit on the east side and started the climb for Shining Rock. The trail passes through some really nice woods with huge quartz boulders in abundance. I got to the summit at 2:27 pm and 6.8 miles. It reminded me of being in a maze. I descended and we went back to Shining Rock Gap and took the Ivestor Gap Trail back to the car. This trail follows the west ridge of these mountains with very little elevation gain or loss. I nicknamed it The Rocky Waters trail as it can be very wet. We made it back to car at 5:45 pm and 13 miles. I love this hike and these mountains.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.6 mi / 21.9 km
    Route:Art Loeb
    Trailhead:Art Loeb/Black Balsam trail  5800 ft / 1767 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
clear and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Black Balsam, Tennent, Grassy Cove and Shining Rock

Complete Trip Sequence:
4Shining Rock2017-03-25200 ft / 61 m
4Grassy Cove Top2017-11-09 
Total Trip Gain: 200 ft / 61 m    Total Trip Loss: 200 ft / 61 m

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