Ascent of Black Mountain on 2018-04-02

Climber: Tom Layton

Others in Party:Charles Zerphey
Vince Kloster
Date:Monday, April 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Mountain
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trip reports warned us about hellish head-high briars on the summit, so Charlie Zerphey, Vince Kloster and I armored up with gloves, long sleeves, long pants, and clippers. However, Black Mountain turned out to be not too bad--at least not when we hiked it at the end of winter. On April 2, the thorns were just beginning to bud, and we had little trouble wading through them. In another month it might be another story.

We drove up to Nimblewill Gap from the east side (from Dawsonville). Nimblewill Gap Road was in rough shape, and based on what we saw from the gap it is even rougher on the west side. I never had to shift into 4WD, but high clearance was essential. Don't try it in a car that you care about.

The AT approach trail crosses Nimblewill Gap on its way up to Springer Mountain. This trail used to go directly over the summit of Black Mountain but now contours around the north side of the mountain. We hiked 0.7 miles up the AT to a point where the trail crested about 250 feet below the summit. Then we went straight up the northwest side of the mountain, pushing through waist-high thorn stems without significant bloodshed.

The summit is unremarkable with limited winter views. There is a large outcropping 30 yards southeast of the summit that might be a contender for the high point, but we thought it was a foot or two lower.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:600 ft / 182 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:AT approach northbound
    Start Trailhead:Nimblewill Gap  3000 ft / 914 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Tom Layton
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