Ascent of Richland Balsam on 2011-09-06
|Date:||Tuesday, September 6, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||6410 ft / 1953 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAs far as I can determine, Richland Balsam is the 13th highest named summit point in North Carolina. This is an easy ascent with a loop nature trail leading all the way from the closest overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the summit. The entire length is about 1 mile. There is a summit sign, but it is not on the highest point. As is usual for many area peaks, the highest point was not easy to determine. My GPS took me a few dozen feet to the north of the sign and I was as close as a person could get without using surveying equipment. The summit is tree covered, so there is no summit vista, but the climb is a pleasant hike through a thick forest with no bushwhacking.
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