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Ascent of Brasstown Bald on 2010-07-10

Climber: Matthew Martinez

Others in Party:Jerry Meitz III
Daltrey Meitz
Date:Saturday, July 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Brasstown Bald
    Location:USA-Georgia
    Elevation:4784 ft / 1458 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started on the Jack's Knob Trail, just past (or before) the turn-off for the 180 spur road to the parking lot near the summit. The trail seemed like it isn't used that much and indeed we were the only people we saw all day on the trail. The trail is nice and steep but not too strenuous. The trail switched back and forth as it wound up the mountain until it got to a fork at the top of the hill (Jack's Knob?). To the left at the fork, the trail descended down a ways to the aforementioned parking lot, which is where you might have started your hike if you don't like fun or America.

We crossed the parking lot to the summit trail, a short (0.5-mile), steep, paved path to the summit of Brasstown Bald. Here there were lots of people, mostly families, who were all very nice. We got to the top, where there was a big structure, including a cool little museum, bathrooms and an observation deck and (fire?) tower. The views were great as it was a pretty clear day, but the tower was closed. Also, the tower is inexplicably built over the USGS high point marker! it's behind a locked door and underneath some stairs. You can't even see it unless you ask someone. We got to see it, but it should really be out in the open for anyone to see.

Anyway, we took some pictures at the top and then headed back down the same way we had come. In all it was a good hike and much, much more enjoyable than it would have been had we just done the summit trail from the parking lot near the top (also you save $4.00, the cost of parking up there). In all it was only 4.5 hours up and down and a very nice highpointing experience.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Jack's Knob Trail
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear



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