Ascent of Haw Knob on 2010-08-10

Climber: Rob Carter

Date:Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Haw Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina/Tennessee
    Elevation:5472 ft / 1667 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at Big Junction and searched for trail shown on the 1957 Big Junction Topo. Due to all the thorny growth, I went about 20 yards past the North end of the parking pull-off and headed straight into the woods. There is an old overgrown jeep trail that leads to the summit. After the false summit, the trail gets seriously overgrown with blackberries well above your head. There are grassy areas off on the sides that are easier to negotiate. It seems the aggregate square is the high point in the meadow, but a winter ascent with a metal detector may be required.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:472 ft / 142 m
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:NW Ridge
    Trailhead:Big Junction  5240 ft / 1597 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:20 Minutes

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