Ascent of Potato Hill on 2017-09-23

Climber: Mike Stinson

Others in Party:Jeremy S.
Date:Saturday, September 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Potato Hill
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6475 ft / 1973 m

Ascent Trip Report

After returning to the Black Mountain Crest Trail from the bushwhack to the summit of Cattail Peak, we followed it to Potato Hill. The top of this "hill" is marked by a benchmark on the left (when northbound... i.e., the west) side of the trail. The trail continued to be steep and rocky in sections, with some minimal scrambling required, but it's not hard to follow. Orange (sometimes faded to yellow) blazes are obvious along the way. After reaching Potato Hill we had to decide whether to return to the parking lot or make the significant extra effort to visit Winter Star Mountain on the other side of Deep Gap. We'd made good time to this point and the weather was fine, so we went for it.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: Mitchell to Winter Star (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Mitchell2017-09-23164 ft / 50 m
2Mount Craig2017-09-23127 ft / 39 m
3Big Tom2017-09-23 
4Balsam Cone2017-09-23 
5Cattail Peak2017-09-23 
6Potato Hill2017-09-23 
7Winter Star Mountain2017-09-23513 ft / 156 m
Total Trip Gain: 804 ft / 245 m    Total Trip Loss: 164 ft / 50 m

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