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Ascent of Grassy Ridge Bald on 2011-11-26

Climber: Tom Layton

Date:Saturday, November 26, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grassy Ridge Bald
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6160 ft / 1877 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the culmination of an 11.6-mile hike to climb the 3 SB6K peaks in the Roan Highlands. The other 2 are covered in my trip report for Roan High Bluff.

From Carvers Gap, head northbound on the AT.
At 0.6 miles, cross Round Bald (5826).
At 1.0 miles, cross Engine Gap (5600).
At 1.3 miles, after a brisk climb, reach Jane Bald (5807).
At 1.7 miles, the double-blazed AT turns L and begins to descend. Continue straight ahead on the rutted trail that follows the ridgeline.
At 2.3 miles, reach a 6-foot-high boulder with a monument to Cornelius Rex Peake, who farmed this mountain. A hundred yards ahead are more outcroppings that may be candidates for the HP.

Just beyond Jane Bald is a mailbox with information about the Baatany Goat Project. Since 2008, a herd of goats has spent summers on this mountain, where their foraging helps to control invasive plants that threaten the balds. If you are interested in adopting a goat or serving as a weekend goat sitter, go to www.baatanygoatproject.blogspot.com or www.FriendsofRoanMtn.org.

On the SB6K list, this was my fourth peak in 2 days and my 14th qualifying hike. Still on my to-do list are the Smokies (except for LeConte), the Balsams west of NC215, Cold Mtn, and the Black Mountain traverse. If you're interested in a slow hike there, let me know.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1248 ft / 379 m
    Elevation Loss:1248 ft / 379 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:948 ft / 288 m
    Extra Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:AT northbound
    Trailhead:Carvers Gap  5512 ft / 1680 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:948 ft / 288 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:AT southbound
    Trailhead:Carvers Gap  5512 ft / 1680 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Roan Highlands

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Roan High Knob2011-11-26 a
2Cloudland Mountain2011-11-26 b
3Roan High Bluff2011-11-26 c
4Round Bald2011-11-26 d
5Jane Bald2011-11-26 e
6Grassy Ridge Bald2011-11-26 f



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