Ascent of Grandfather Mountain on 2012-02-11

Climber: Shannon Dillmore

Date:Saturday, February 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Grandfather Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:5946 ft / 1812 m

Ascent Trip Report

A snowstorm was coming through northwestern NC, making this a bit more interesting than a casual hike. I took the Profile Trail, but the parking area wasn't accessible - I parked at a BBQ restaurant about a quarter mile south of the trailhead.

Nice hike, but no views. I'll have to come back. This is a good trail to take on a windy day. The trees and ridge shielded me from the 25-30 mph winds that gusted up to 50 mph. The top was obviously exposed, and I didn't linger long.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2588 ft / 788 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 11 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Very Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2278 ft / 694 m
    Extra Loss:310 ft / 94 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.6 km
    Trailhead:3978 ft / 1212 m
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:310 ft / 94 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km

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