Ascent of Reinhart Knob on 2017-05-14

Climber: Debbie Adams

Others in Party:solo
Date:Sunday, May 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Reinhart Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6080 ft / 1853 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started hiking east on Blue Ridge Parkway at 10:00am and walked past the chute, so backtracked to it. It is about 0.4 miles from the parking area. The chute was somewhat difficult to climb due to it being slippery and wet but it put me out close to the summit. I angled left at the top then turned to the right for the summit, which I made it to in about 1 mile at 10:50 am. I lost all sense of direction up there but checked the compass and headed SW from summit. It was difficult terrain due to the downed trees but not as steep as I thought it would be slope wise. I made it to the creek then followed it to the MST in about 1.7 miles at 11:32 AM. I followed the MST for about 3 miles and saw a trail that branched off to the right (North). I followed that which was a mistake because I soon lost it and ended up heading west instead of north. I crossed over a southern spur of Richland Balsam and when I started going down I knew something wasn't right. I had to check compass again and eventually figured out my mistake but by then I was on a really steep slope covered with boulders, downed trees and heavy vegetation. I just went straight up the slope and came out just west of MM 432.I hiked to the Richland Balsam overlook where I thought about climbing the gully to the summit trail but didn't because I wasn't sure it would come out on a trail and I had enough bushwacking for the day. I went to the summit loop trail and made the top at 2:15 pm at 6.6 miles. I made it back to my car at 3 pm after having added a few unnecessary miles to my trip due to navigational errors. It was still a good hike overall and very pretty.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:390 ft / 118 m
    Total Elevation Loss:390 ft / 118 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
mid 80s, warm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:390 ft / 118 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 350 ft / 107 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:the chute
    Start Trailhead:Beartrail Ridge parking  5730 ft / 1746 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:SW face
    End Trailhead:Beartrail Ridge parking  5730 ft / 1746 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Reinhart Knob, Richland Balsam

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Reinhart Knob2017-05-14390 ft / 119 m
2Richland Balsam2017-05-141319 ft / 402 m
Total Trip Gain: 1709 ft / 521 m    Total Trip Loss: 1709 ft / 521 m

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