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Ascent of Burnt Mountain on 2012-03-05

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Monday, March 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Burnt Mountain
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:3340 ft / 1018 m

Ascent Trip Report

While planning my route to Sassafras Mountain, the SC state high point, I noticed that this peak was less than a mile off the highway I would take, 178, and my map showed a state road ascending from 178. I decided to try it on my return from Sassafras.

About a mile north of the state line, Babib Road, NC114, heads off to the left (if you're headed north). At the crest when it starts to go down, Nancy Mountain (1216) heads left. The road starts out paved but changes to hard packed dirt. As a resident who I met explained, this turns into a sea of mud when it's wet, making it impassable for non 4wd vehicles, but in good weather (as today) it's rough but not especially problematic. You'll climb past a bewildering array of dwellings ranging from shacks to McMansions.

The high point is owned by a charming retired gentleman, Bruce Satterly. I parked near his front yard and walked up the drive. He greeted me and asked me what I wanted. When I explained I'm a high pointer, he seemed positively pleased. He's a hiker himself and immensely proud of his mountaintop perch. He's a retired airline worker. His family started buying land on this ridge in 1960 ($200 an acre then) and has gradually added to it until they now own 18 acres. He lives in a tiny house with the high point in his back yard. His mother lives next door. Both houses are on what is almost a knife edge ridge line. The views are far better than from nearby Sassafras Mt. that everyone visits because it's a state hp. Mr. Satterly urged me to return for another visit, and I'm sure he'd welcome other high pointers
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