Ascent of Black Balsam Knob on 2011-09-10

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, September 10, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Balsam Knob
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6214 ft / 1894 m

Ascent Trip Report

Black Balsam was my first stop on a 10.4 mile roundtrip hike to Shining Rock.

I parked at the end of the Black Balsam Road and backtracked SE a halfmile to the Art Loeb trail crossing. Later, I discovered the Art Loeb spur trail, which is a shortcut from my parking lot to the summit of Black Balsam, beginning just inside the gate on the Ivestor Gap road. This would shave about a half-mile off the hike.

Mileage from the parking lot at the end of the Black Balsam Road.
0.45 turn L off Black Balsam Road and head N on Art Loeb trail.
0.95 crest SW of Black Balsam
1.23 summit of Black Balsam
The rest of the trip report is listed under Shining Rock.
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Shining Rock Wilderness

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Black Balsam Knob2011-09-10 a
2Tennent Mountain2011-09-10 b
3Grassy Cove Top2011-09-10 c
4Shining Rock2011-09-10 d

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