Ascent of Taylor Ridge-Bryan Benchmark on 2018-03-31

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Charles Zerphey
Date:Saturday, March 31, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taylor Ridge-Bryan Benchmark
    Elevation:1427 ft / 434 m

Ascent Trip Report

We followed Mike Beaver's 2000 report and found it basically unchanged. There is an old logging road to get you started, but most of the route to the first knoll (spot elevation 432m) is a bushwhack through mostly open woods. A woods road comes up to the knoll from the east, and there is a picnic table on top. The gap between this knoll and the peak is not as intimidating as it looks on the topo because these are 5-meter contours rather than 40-footers. The gap is only about 160 feet deep. Once you get to the gap, another old woods road will lead you to the top. BM Taylor (placed by the Tennessee Valley Authority) is marked by a metal sign and is a short distance north of the highest ground.

Round trip: 2.6 miles with 640 feet of climbing. No negative signage or access concerns.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:637 ft / 194 m
    Total Elevation Loss:480 ft / 146 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:397 ft / 121 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 157 ft / 47 m; Extra: 240 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Nickajack Gap  1270 ft / 387 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:240 ft / 73 m
    Gain on way out:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    End Trailhead:Nickajack Gap  
    Time:2 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tom Layton
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