Ascent of Craggy Pinnacle on 2009-10-07

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen
Date:Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Craggy Pinnacle
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5892 ft / 1795 m

Ascent Trip Report

Needed CEUs for my liscence in NC so why not go to Asheville and take an extra day and climb some peaks? Karen drove up her new Smart car and joined me. Awoke at 3:20 AM to get to an early morning flight and was picked up in Asheville at 9:20 AM. Drove to the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) and began assembling several short hikes for Karen and i to do conveniently off of the BRP. Ended up doing around 12 miles and 3700 feet vertical gain and grabbing 7 peaks. Karen did around 9 miles and 4 peaks.

Fall colors were a bit premature. We had only 20-30% in most areas. Some areas in Mount MItchell State Park reached 50-60% but only on certain slopes with a lot of summac and maple. Most of the geology of the area was metamorphic but found some rock that looked like limestone with calcite exposed. Mostly, all rocks and slabs in the areas where we hiked appeared to be Schists everywhere with some spectacular micas. Found some large muscavite crystals and quartzite. Some smaller but beautiful biotite crystals.

Craggy Pinncale:

A tourist hike in Craggy Gardens. Short easy but unlike most peaks in NC offers great views as it is somewhat rocky at the top of the pinnacle and the state has provided an overlook.Parking lot at 5640.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:252 ft / 76 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
either dense clouds or fully sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:252 ft / 76 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Craggy Pinnacle Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking Overlook  5640 ft / 1719 m
    Time:12 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Time:10 Minutes

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